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There's something that has always majorly appealed to me about fireplace mantels. For one, they're tons of fun to style — both during the holiday season and year round. But I also love how much character they can add to a space. Mantels add so much visual interest to any room in which they're placed and make any apartment feel a bit more grand and elegant.
Because my apartment unfortunately doesn't feature any original, built-in mantels, I've had to go the faux route, and honestly, I couldn't be happier with that decision! Most people who come over or view pictures of my apartment online are shocked when I tell them my mantels (yes, I have two!) aren't original to my space. There really are so many fake versions that really do look ultra convincing.
So if you've long wished you lived in a home with a mantel (or several), now is your chance to make that dream a reality. We've rounded up seven beautiful, realistic looking mantels that all come in at under $800 and will be delivered right to your doorstep. Note that high-end mantels often run for thousands of dollars and require extensive installation, so you're definitely getting a deal by shopping these affordable, ready-to-ship picks. Best of all, each of these mantels is extremely easy to transport with your other furniture should you move in the near future, so you're sure to get lots of mileage out of any of these pieces.
Lark Manor Cropsey Fireplace Surround
If you love a distressed look, this mantel is calling your name. We have no doubt that your friends will mistake this piece for being vintage, when really, it will arrive at your doorstep in just a click, no trips to the antique store required! This style of mantel is also available in cream, white, and walnut finishes, if you're looking for a different color scheme.
Dovecove Fireplace Surround
Say yes to scallops! Add a sweet touch to any room of your home with a mantel like this one. While we love the plain white color on its own, we also think that this style of mantel would look pretty fabulous painted—why not pick a bright red or a navy blue to really make it sing?
LieblingeundCo Decoration Fireplace in White
If you love all things shabby chic, you'll fall hard for this rustic white mantel, which will add some country charm to any room within your home. At just over 37 inches wide, this mantel is on the smaller side, making it an excellent pick for those who are a bit shorter on space. Studio apartment dwellers, we're looking at you.
KaroDesignKunst Fireplace Chimney
If you go wild for Parisian style, you won't want to miss out on this mantel that looks like it came directly out of an apartment in France. We're super into its marbled, veiny look, which adds so much elegance to any space.
Lark Manor Fireplace Mantel Surround
Available in both black and white, this mantel is classic looking but still has a bit of flair to it. Due to its style, it would look excellent with a wide range of furniture pieces—it would shine in an eclectic space but also appear right at home among more traditional accents. The choice is yours!
Lynx Creek Designs Mantle With Surrounds
If it's a rustic look you crave but your space features more black than white, this mantel is an excellent pick. You could also style it to appear more glam by jazzing it up with gold or silver accents and hanging an ornate brass mirror above it.
Creative Co-Op Monolith Fireplace Mantel, White
There's nothing wrong with nice and simple! This classic mantel will spruce up your space in no time and can be styled however you please. Style it with plants, framed art, candles, or whatever else brings you joy.