How to decorate a gigantic mantel
sushicue
August 17, 2014 in Design Dilemma
14' long mantel with tons of wall space. Do I go for one big focal piece or multiple groupings of medium objects? Items get lost on the mantel if they're small.
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annmarie2
I would focus on what's above, rather them on the mantle. What else is going in the room? is this a formal or informal space?
My first thought is to consider a few mid sized framed pieces with a similar theme... maybe old maps of your town or state. also might want to paint the niche area an accent color... make that the statement rather than what's on the mantle.
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decorgirly
a large piece of art can work and so can painting the inside a rich color. by both leave the mantle clear
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groveraxle
This is going to be a problem. I went looking for some architectural salvage and some big art and put them over your mantel so you can see the scale.

They are respectively 7 x 4', 5 x 8', and 6 x 9'. FWIW, the 6 x 9' doors are on eBay; asking price about $13,000.

Those shelves on the lower right will need to be removed. Anything that will fit in those spaces will be ridiculously small.
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laurakdesigns
I had a similar situation and had a large painting created for the space. It would create a stunning focal point. Much more interesting than salvage for your space.
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sushicue
What great ideas from everyone! Never thought to leave the mantel empty, brilliant! Now, if I could just get that buyer down from $13,000 on eBay for those doors Ü
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kpappal
How about a large sconce on each side of the picture. . .
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jessicalamae
I would fill that left niche with some logs, end-out, maybe all birch? What about a mural to take up that whole top arched space? A foggy forest was highlighted in a SF bedroom earlier today, and something like that might look really great up there. Then add some little moss terrariums on the mantle from etsy.
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Jarret Interior Design
Do a grid of art by the same artist. One piece might be a bit overwhelming.
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