5 Ways to Refresh Your Fireplace Mantel

Just because the holidays are over, that doesn’t mean you can’t make your fireplace mantel a beautiful focal point. Here are some tips that you can use year-round to create gorgeous displays that complement your style and show off your passions.

Hang Up a Mirror

Hanging a mirror over your mantel offers an elegant touch and adds symmetry to the room. Additionally, depending on the amount of windows in the room, mirrors help bounce natural light throughout the room.

Showcase Art or Photos

Display your favorite pieces of art or figurines on your mantel. You can even place photographs of loved ones for guests to see every time they visit.

Bouquet of Flowers

Typically, it is not advised to have plants or flowers above your fireplace, but when the fireplace is not in use, the mantel is perfectly safe for your flora babies. Placing a vase of fresh, or artificial, flowers adds a natural element to your living space. Plus, it allows for more color in the decor.

Display Fragile Collections

Want to show off your newly acquired China or antique dishes passed onto you by a relative? Now you can by using small plate stands or easels to display your favorite fragile dish collection on your fireplace mantel.


For a fresh mantel, place candles or even sconces on the wall above mantel. This brightens up the room and draws more attention to your hearth.

Bowden’s Fireside offers a large selection of fireplaces and accessories for New Jersey homeowners. For more information, call us today at 609-586-3344.

Outdoor Fireplace Benefits

A backyard patio or deck is a great place for an outdoor fireplace! If you are thinking of having a wood burning or gas fireplace added to your New Jersey home, here are some of the top benefits of an outdoor fireplace.

Added ambiance- Sitting by the fire and cozying up with a loved one can be romantic. Listening to the natural sound of crackling of wood logs burning can also be relaxing.

Outdoor entertainment – An outdoor fireplace is a great way to enhance your outdoor living area and spend time with friends and family.

Cook outdoors – If you like to host cookouts and barbeques with friends, a fire pit is a great addition to your backyard. It’s also great to toast marshmallows with the kids.

Stay warm on cool nights or during winter – You can extend your spring, fall, and even winter entertaining seasons by staying warm on those chilly evenings with your outdoor fireplace. Many models of wood burning and gas fireplaces offer brick and stainless steel features built to withstand the elements when not in use.

Safety tips
Do not leave fires unattended, make sure you watch it go out. Keep small children supervised near the fire.

It is very important to clean out any ash and soot left inside the fireplace because it restores the beauty of your hearth. After cleaning out the ash, close the damper. Doing this prevents any remnant ash and soot in the fireplace from blowing out during a breeze.

If you own a direct vent fireplace with a glass panel, you should regularly clean the glass. First, remove the glass, then use the manufacturer’s suggested cleaner. For gas fireplace owners with glass doors, the same is recommended; use a soft cloth and the cleaner suggested by the manufacturer. Do not use any cleaning products that contain ammonia!

Bowden’s Fireside has the perfect outdoor wood burning or gas fireplace to complement your outdoor living area. We offer beautifully designed models that are easy to install and built to last. Contact us today at 609-586-3344.