The rumors are true - fireplace mantels are more for fashion than they are for function. But did that notion ever stop you from wearing your highest heels or flashiest sneakers? Seriously. Like great shoes are the finishing touch to any outfit, the right antique or vintage fireplace mantel can make or break the aesthetics of any room. So, dress up that bare wall with a little fashion. Your fireplace mantel may be your home’s most complemented accessory.