Fire up an interior with a distinctive mantel

The latest lingering deep-freeze here in New York’s Capital Region has us thinking about fireplaces, and about the unequaled warmth of cozying up to a homey hearth on the coldest of winter nights. A custom Mantel and fireplace of all sorts can add value and charm to any type of home. Technology is now merging with high style, resulting in an almost endless array of options and design features, while helping to create more energy-efficient fireplaces. And when a fireplace sports a striking mantel, it can even transform an entire room, providing grandeur in an otherwise humdrum setting, or furnishing a visual focal point in a larger space. Mantels can be crafted to blend seamlessly with your home’s architecture for continuity of historic character, or unusual old elements–such as reclaimed timbers, salvaged materials, and unique stone or tile–can be used in newer homes for a compelling blend of modern and aged. Teakwood has helped to create many distinctive custom mantels over the years, and invites you to explore them. And please share your comments and ideas for firing up your home’s decor by transforming a mundane mantel!