To enhance the natural beauty of your fireplace with decorative touches, open your mind to the variety of possibilities. Favorite collections, noteworthy art, and family photos are just a sampling of the accents that can add personality and style to this noteworthy focal point. The arrangement of your favorite items can be a striking statement that complements your room's style. Everyday accessories, family heirlooms, and artwork might be the foundations of your decorating scheme, but creative placement and clever additions make your fireplace glow. Whether your style is traditional, contemporary, or anything between, explore these tips for arranging your decorative fireplace elements with inspiring results.
When choosing items to display on your mantel or hang on the fireplace wall, select items with something in common.
Use a single, substantial item to enhance the fireplace's role as a focal point. Hang a piece of art or a large mirror above the mantel or, for more casual style, prop it on the mantel leaning against the wall. Make sure the piece is large enough to balance the space above the fireplace. If the wall is tall, keep a hanging piece close enough to the mantel to anchor it with the fireplace so the piece does not appear to float aimlessly. A minimal mantel design is most appropriate in a room furnished in the same simple style; a minimal mantel might appear empty and bare in a room filled with large, overstuffed furniture.
When choosing multiple items to display across your mantel, gather a variety of shapes and sizes to create visual interest. To arrange, start by placing taller items against the back of the mantel. Vary the heights for visual energy. Then, layer in items of different heights and sizes, leaving some gaps for breathing room. Blend a couple of larger items with small objects, but don't let a large, high mantel swallow up items that are too small.
To help you create a pleasing mantel display of multiple items, consider using either a symmetrical or asymmetrical arrangement. The choice is a matter of personal preference and the look you want to achieve.
Decorating a fireplace shouldn't be limited to the space on the mantel and above. Consider the hearth and firebox, too.
Let these mantel makeovers inspire your fireplace decorating.