During this unrelenting winter I've gotten a bit of fireplace envy. It's been fun looking at some fireplaces online (like this post) and thinking about how to style them. There are so many ways to accentuate this focal point that there really is no wrong way to do it. In a previous post I explained some key elements of a vignette, or decorative way to arrange accessories together. When styling a fireplace mantle many of the same tips hold true. So now if you're looking for some ideas of what to use, here are some fun options!
This is one of my favorite design tricks, not only do mirrors reflect the light in the room and make it feel bigger, but if you angle the mirror back you can catch your chandelier / light fixture in the view which adds a dynamic element.
2. Family Portraits
This is a classic item for above a fireplace. You could hang one large portrait flanked with sconces for symmetry, or could lean a few different sized portraits for a more relaxed feel.
A collection of vases or other interesting 3D objects add some variety to a mantle and an artful and eclectic look. Try adding some greenery, sticks, or fresh flowers during the changing seasons.
Another classic option. If you choose a large format painting you might not need much else at all.
I hope these examples give you some new ideas for your home! If you need help accessorizing your mantle call to schedule your consultation. In the meantime, here's hoping for spring!