How do I decorate my Mantel?
Janelle H
May 13, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I feel like my mantel decor needs work, but I don't really know what I'm doing or what I should put up there... Any suggestions?
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judianna20
You room has a beachy feel…I would stay in that theme by hanging a larger oil on canvas.
Breath I Giclee on Canvas
Beach Ocean Decor artwork
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Renee
I agree with the canvas. I am not sure about the fireplace cover. It seems out of place. Do you use the fireplace? If not, removing the cover and putting in some logs or candles would be nice.
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Barnhart Gallery
An enlargement of your wedding photo, flanked by your two favorite wedding gifts (cursor over to see all):
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Janelle H
the fireplace cover is mostly because the fireplace is hideous, and I don't like to look at the ugly gaping hole....It does have some candles behind it that I light occasionally...and no we live in phoenix so we never use it...
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Genevieve
You could also replace the screen with something more modern ,I think that this one will cover it all
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Janelle H
What if I just keep a big bouquet of flowers up there? (Or paper flowers?)
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Genevieve
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I would place this clock on the mantle

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carolins
Please don't hang your wedding photo above the fireplace. I don't like looking at large, in your face wedding photos when I'm visiting people. Album or bedroom are appropriate places for those. But that's my personal opinion of course.

I like what judyg suggested, although it doesn't have to be sea or beach related art. If you love to look at it... that's the most important thing. And size. Size does matter in this case :-) What you have now is too small.
It needs to be about as wide as the actual hearth.

And you could put a couple of nice tealight holders there. Or whatever you find beautiful. Not too much. Just two or three items. For instance:
http://www.zgallerie.com/p-12269-fleur-tealight-aquamarine.aspx
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Darzy
This layered look could look quite nice on your FP mantel.

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leelee
You would never want to store wine near the fireplace. Changing temps will damage even the least expensive wine.

Yes, your firescreen, though very nice, is too ornate for your modern lighting.
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carolins
I really like the firescreen that Genevieve posted.
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Sundeleaf Painting
Can you show us a picture of the whole room too? Also, are you married to the wall color? If so, that is fine, but that will help folks point you in the right direction.
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Kate Oliver
I am an interior designer in Richmond, VA. Here are my suggestions:
--Use an odd number of objects, and display them asymmetrically to create interest. I have chosen a great print from Michelle Armas, a faux floral arragement for another pop of color, and an interesting oriental horse (you can find things like that at any Homegoods store). Here is the link for the Michelle Armas print: http://michellearmas.bigcartel.com/product/due
--Find a fireplace screen that has more interest and is less traditional, or common. I found this one at http://www.efurnituremart.com/cyan-design-gold-mesh-fireplace-screen.html
I've done a quick photoshop editing to show the finished project.
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the_misfit
I definitely agree about a bigger framed item. But if it were my room, I would address myself to the mantle more directly. The skinny one seems too insubstantial. I'd go fo ra nice thick beam - four to six inches thick. And I think I'd paint it, and the corbels, black. (The white vanishes agains the white-ish brick.) Then add a big painting or mirror, and some fresh flowers - and, yes, asymmetrically. Just my $.02!
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brody1313
I would do a painting that had your wall color, say maybe an aqua blue star fish on white, something graphic and young looking......
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brachaf
Hi your color wall and brick are great! With no question I would for sure remove the fire place cover also even if the inside of the fire place is really bad you can completely fill it up with wood it actually looks really good that way!
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Janelle H
I'm so sad no one likes my pretty fire screen! I am kind of in love with it, but if it has to go I can part with it I suppose. And I'm in no hurry to repaint, since the blue makes me happy, plus painting is so much work.... As for the wine, we are in phoenix, so the fireplace is never ever used- So the wine isn't in any danger, unless the a/c goes out, in which case it will immediately consumed!!! Of course, if it just looks stupid there I don't mind moving it elsewhere... The photo below is the rest of the room, only usually there is a black and white striped rug, which is currently in the washer. Tthe other photo is from a while ago, but it shows the room with the rug, and a different mantel setup, but the tables are red now, not orange, and the palm tree is gone because my kitten kept eating it...
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carolins
By all means keep the pretty fire screen. If you love it, you should keep it! Same goes for the blue walls.
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Janelle H
Oh...and it shows how the mantel used to be wooden...But yes, I think thicker would look better, thank you the_misfit for suggesting it!
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brachaf
The screen is so pretty! But just doesn't really fit with the room! But yes,if you love it keep it!
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Barnhart Gallery
Janelle -- Is the fire screen stained glass? If so, do you have it backlit?
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househaunted
I like your screen, it gives the room a little boho flair imo. How about making a little mini wine cellar out of the fireplace box? You could clean it, and line it with wood, something like this:




Might be worth a try. I see wine bottles on your hearth.
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Janelle H
The fire screen is a stained glass style, but just clear glass. There are candles behind it that I light sometimes, which is very pretty...
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leelee
Janelle, I do actually like the firescreen but I thought it was at odds with the modern lighting. To show it off maybe replace the ceiling light and it will blend fine with the floor lamp. Looks like you have an eclectic look so some mixing is desirable. If you just got a simple track light in black that would be a much better trade than replacing the firescreen that you love.
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