Adding fancy touches to your home can help express your personality. Fireplace mantels are an ideal place to add ornamental touches to fit the rest of your room decor. Regardless of the time of year, accessorize this spot in your living room to add flair to your home.
Display the Things You Love
Everyone has a few of those oh-so-special objects that need a place of honor in a room. Fireplace mantels can be the ideal spot for these much-loved items. Personalizing this area of a room can enable you to create a central focal point that’s like nothing else. Whether you have a unique vase, antique books, an ornate candelabrum, or a distinctive mirror, perch it above the fireplace to give it an honored position in your room.
The Art of Layering
Layering involves the positioning of items on fireplace mantels. You can often create a pleasing effect when you position items onto the surface with some slightly in front of or behind other items. Varying the size and height of objects helps create an attractive design. However, keep in mind that less is usually more in these cases. Overcrowding this space can make it confusing and congested. Because the eye naturally travels to this area, an overcrowded mantel can cast a negative impact on an entire room. It’s okay to leave some space in your design.
A Continuation of Colors and Materials
Assuming you have a predominant color palette in a room, arrange these colors in small ways above the fireplace. You could achieve this continuity by adding a vase of flowers in room colors or a candelabrum with similarly colored candles. If you have materials used elsewhere in the room, add a touch of these, too. For example, burlap can add a rustic touch if you drape it casually off the edge of the surface.
The items you choose for this location should be made from a variety of materials to create a pleasing aesthetic. Glass, metals, wood, porcelain, paper, fabric, wax, and even plastic can work together for a beautiful impact. As you design your arrangement, keep tabs on the total number of materials you incorporate into the design. Adding too many different mediums can create confusion and chaos. Instead, try to maintain the mixture to four different materials at the most.
Make it Bold
Try something bold and daring. Instead of filling your mantel with lots of smaller items, mixing and layering them carefully, try just one significant piece for a dramatic flair. One huge ornate mirror or a single large painting can speak for itself without the need for anything else to complement it.
Don’t forget that fireplace mantels can vary with the seasons to continually update your room design. Make the decor lighter and more neutral in the spring and summer and heavier in the autumn and winter. Adding festive lights and garlands around the holidays is always an attractive look, too. Keep these decorative touches fresh and updated for a dynamic appeal.