Need Help Decorating a "Fake Mantel"

bmcharnleyDecember 6, 2013
I need help decorating the fake mantel (shelf) over on the far right of the photo posted. It is all wooden. I just need ideas of what to put on it , it looks so plain/bland right now.

To help:

Our couch (not pictured) is navy blue, our rug is yellow & white. Also, we are creating a coffee table that will be black!

Please please help, I am so bad at decorating! haha Thank you! :)
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
I see nothing that resembles a mantel in this photo.
    Bookmark   December 6, 2013 at 11:39AM
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bmcharnley
Alright. Lets call it a book shelf then
    Bookmark   December 6, 2013 at 11:58AM
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1807henry1
To Carolyn, I just had to idea book that fab bath! (:
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
The problem is that there is more space than usual between the shelves. I'd be tempted to find some artwork that would fit on the two lower shelves and would place the art close to the front of the shelves, leaning against something placed behind it. Puck lighting could be placed above each picture to light it..

On the floor I would position a large basket or a small trunk. If there's a third shelf, then you could place big books and a large pot.
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Barnhart Gallery
Some sort of large basketry would work on the lower. A collection of pottery might work, making some sense of the depth of the space.

And while I would never suggest getting a pet to match your d├ęcor, if you do happen to be a fish or a bird person, and are handy enough to retrofit the space, you could adopt some friends from Petfinder.
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Luv Romantic
It would be nice to see the rest of the room for reference.
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claudiann
Do you collect anything? I wish I had somewhere to display my collection of beach shells. I've got large compotes filled with them, some large ones, and some stuff with them glued on.
    Bookmark   December 6, 2013 at 5:42PM
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