Medina ResidenceTraditional Family Room, Minneapolis
Photography: Shelly Mosman, Photos published in Artful Living Magazine Summer 2011
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3. Personalize it. What’s your favorite pastime? Start there when thinking about styling your mantel. For an equestrian, this horse painting and antique trophy collection highlight a love of the sport, creating a meaningful focal point.
Another approach is to stay symmetrical for a more traditional look. Here we have an equestrian painting flanked by a collection of trophies, equally distributed on both sides.
Of course, the three-plus-one rule is just one of infinite ways to decorate a mantel. For some, more is more, and a mantel is the ideal place to proudly display a collection. Try organizing things symmetrically so your mantel feels balanced, but don't forget to layer and mix up height. A mantel display is a great opportunity to integrate new colors into your home decor too. Choose a favorite color that you weren't able to work into your home and highlight it in your mantel display. Try picking something that contrasts with your mantel, or paint your mantel to make your display stand out.