If you have a fireplace
, it's more than likely the focal point of your room. But decorating the mantel can be challenging, especially if it's extra-long. If you over-accessorize, the fireplace will feel cluttered, not relaxing. If you leave the mantel bare, the fireplace feels unfinished. Finding a happy medium is crucial to creating a great-looking mantel display.
Here are some tips on how to decorate your mantel in ways that will compliment the peaceful ambience of the fireplace below and suit your style.
Create Cottage Charm
Personalize your mantel with a charming collection of dishes or pottery that is special to you. For instance, a row of white ironstone pitchers
would look fantastic on a cottage-style fireplace.
Make it Modern
A single, abstract piece of art and something organic, such as a large, spray-painted branch, would make a powerful statement on a modern mantel
Rev up the Romance
Mix glittering mercury glass, graceful ceramic and vintage linen
napkins for an undeniably romantic look. Don't forget to throw in some fresh flowers too!
filled with pheasant feathers, carved wood candleholders and a variety of framed black and white photography make for a "collected", eclectic look. (PS- don't worry about symmetry, the more random the arrangement the better!)
An inlaid mirror, paired with some shapely candlesticks will create a global feel. Use a long, old wooden box
in the center on your mantel to hide little treasures you collect during your travels.
For more mantel decorating ideas, stop by my blog
on Monday, March 15th (2010) for "Mantel Mania".