Here are some amazing non-fireplace mantle images.* As you can see, mantles add archeitectural interest and definition to any room - a living room, a dining room, a bedroom, and even an outdoor space.
image sourceThis one is really fun the way it incorporates the painted book shelves. That yellow background color certainly pops.
This is fun -turning a mantle into a headboard.
Do you have a mantle crush? Where's your favorite mantle location?
*I gathered these images long before Pinterest or this blog, for my own personal use. Sadly, I did not keep a record of where I got them, so if any of these images are yours, or know the source, kindly feel free to let me know. Thanks.