Next to the kitchen, a fireplace really is the heart of the home, and that makes the mantel a key place to decorate. Fireplaces are usually placed front and center in your living space, so how to decorate it is an important decision. Here are five helpful tips for styling a mantel to help you create the look you want for your home.
If the idea of decorating your mantel overwhelms you, then this might just be the key for you. Decorating can be as simple as finding one piece of art or a mirror that monopolizes the mantel space. The trick is just making sure it’s big enough. While you don’t have to be a “rule follower” when it comes to design, a good rule of thumb when you’re searching for your piece is to make sure that it is at least 2/3 the size of your mantel. You can go bigger and take up the whole space if you want, you just don’t want to error on the side of it being too small.
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By nature, your mantel is a strong, hard shape with sharp corners and hard lines. By adding a round mirror or pretty flowers, you soften those edges and add more interest.
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When it comes to decorating a mantel, don’t be afraid to experiment with asymmetry. This makes it easy to collect things that you love and not worry about having two of everything, or if they are the same height. Vary the height and visual weight of items and you’ll be on your way to a well-dressed mantel.
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If you have something you collect your mantel is a great place to show them off. Don’t be afraid of moving away from the traditional candles and vases. Add sculptural items –bottles, old cameras, branches…anything that adds interest and texture will take your mantel décor up a notch.
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Are you a commitment phobe or afraid to make holes in your walls? Have no fear! You too, can have an awesomely styled mantel. It’s all about leaning and layering here. Find one large piece of art or a framed poster then layer smaller framed pieces over and around it. If you vary the size, material and finish of the frames, you will create the look of a carefully curated collection.
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Hope you are feeling inspired to try some of these easy tips and re-style your mantel!