7 Variations to a Fab Fireplace Mantel

Updated on November 29, 2018
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Easily Create a Wow-Worthy Mantel With These Designer Tips.

Want to know what's in style right now for decorating your fireplace mantel?

These designer tips will have your fireplace mantel looking professionally styled in no time. We promise!

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1. Overlap Layers of Artwork

Use artwork of different sizes and different frames while staying within the colour pallet of your room. You also have the option to add chunky candle holders on each side or bookends to complete the look.

Playing with the element of scale is key. Take items that are relative to one another throughout your space while using one large artwork, medium artwork and complete with smaller artwork pieces. The overlapping of artwork will create a layered balance.


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2. Create an Off-Balance

Arrange the elements in a perfectly asymmetrical way. It should be subtle and smooth, if you arrange your accessories or vase to the right then the eye will be drawn to the right side of the fireplace this will force the eye to focus on that side of the mantle.

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3. Mix the Eclectic Way

This tip is by far my personal favourite, add a bold painting! Yes, it sounds simple but most people overdo this simple technique. Leave the painting alone! If you really feel the need to offset the bold colours of your painting, add lots of white simple accessories to keep the focus on the artwork. You simply can't go wrong!


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4. Stick to The Classics

You cannot go wrong with this strategy, it's a classic!

Hang a painting or mirror in the centre, scones on both sides then use large vases in the middle or on each side. Lastly, finish up with smaller accessories. If you'd like to add candlesticks or decorative objects that's your verdict.

Always take from colours and materials found elsewhere in the room and vary the height and visual weight of the items.


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5. Moulding Elegance

This is one is another all-time personal favourite. Anything that has the added touch of moulding has so much more character in my opinion. Using moulding on your fireplace wall does just that, automatic elegance. You can also install narrow rectangular mouldings on either side of your mantel. It will draw the eye upward and give the impression of having a higher ceiling.


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6. Personalized Mantel

Make your fireplace stand out by painting it white. Use a strong striking colour surrounding the wall of the fireplace. Use very simple accessories to make the white fireplace stand out even more. By far the best way to elevate a simple or average fireplace.


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7. Tall Frame, Tall Room

Placing an object that has contrast against the mantel will bring out an even stronger impact. The same effect can be created with anything with height over the mantle. This trick will emphasize the height of your room ceilings.

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The simple formula is to play with scale, colour and rhythm.

Follow these tips and pick your favourite one to decorate your home this holiday season.

Let us know in the comments below which one is your favourite!

© 2018 Cassandre Salomon

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