Mantle detailTraditional Family Room, Birmingham
A detail of the Family Room mantle from a lakeside home located in Auburn, Alabama.
[photo by Colleen Duffley]
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5. Mantels. Avoid the temptation to center one large picture or one large mirror smack dab in the center. Layer mirrors or pictures and you can manipulate a stack of books to just the right height to balance out an adjacent object.
Complete your mantle-scape with a stack of antique books. They add a sense of history and authenticity, plus they balance the remaining items on the mantle. Don’t have any old books? Check out your local flea markets or vintage shops. You can find them for a dime.