If you’re lucky to have a fireplace in your home, you’re likely going to try and make it the focal point of the room. The best way to carry this out is to add some extra aspects of design and décor to the mantel. There are so many ways to do this, and what you decide should be based on your own personal preferences and style. If you’re looking for some inspiration before you get started, here are 10 ideas we’re sharing on how to decorate your mantel.
TRY AN ASYMMETRICAL ARRANGEMENT
We love the visual appeal of an asymmetrical arrangement. It really stands out. There are no rules that state everything on your mantel needs to be balanced and even, so shake it up.
Shift a large statement piece to the far right or left of your design. Add some filler items sporadically to the middle and sides. Play around with heights, shapes, and the layout of your art. We love how the above mantel design has perfected this look.
STICK WITH A CONSISTENT COLOR PALETTE
You need to be careful when it comes to the colors you choose while filling your mantel. While you may want the mantel to be the focal point of the room, you don’t want it to distract from everything else. Take extra care to choose a consistent color palette.
This doesn’t mean you’re limited when it comes to décor hunting. If you want a lot of color, go for it! Stick to a more vibrant and fun color palette that is more primary. For a more natural look try earthy tones like sage, beige, brown, white, and a tamer teal. We love the image above which took consistency to the extreme and stuck to a white look with pops of purple.
CREATE LAYERS STARTING WITH AN ANCHOR PIECE
If classic is your thing, this is how you do it. Layer it up! Create 3 layers if you’re looking to fill up the entire mantel, but if simple is more your taste then just stick to layers 1 and 2.
Layer 1 should be an anchor or statement piece. Choose something large that will be the focal point of the entire mantel — a mirror, decal, piece of art or statue. It should be the tallest and largest object at the end of your layering process.
Layer 2 is commonly know as “the weight”. They would be objects that sit to the right and left side of your mantel. They’ll help add some width to your design and balance out the height of the anchor. The chosen objects should never be taller than the anchor piece. Try vases, candle sticks, plants or statues. They don’t necessarily have to match one another.
Layer 3 is the filler. It should contain objects of varying height that will fill out the middle of your mantel design. They should always be shorter than whatever objects you choose for layer 2. Stick to books, flowers, knick-knacks or photo frames.
MIX AND MATCH ART PRINTS
Canvas prints, framed photos or art prints are a must have when it comes to mantel design. You can hang multiple prints on the wall above, or create a leaning arrangement on top of the mantel itself. Mix and match sizes and frame styles to make the display extra eye-catching. For some ideas on how to display your prints, check out our post on gallery wall ideas.
SWITCH IT UP EACH SEASON AND HOLIDAY
Reinvent your mantel style each time a holiday or new season rolls around. Whether it’s for winter, fall, Christmas, Easter or Halloween — it’s always fun to change it up a bit. Having a dedicated theme can make decorating so much easier.
Since spring is just around the corner, start there. If you celebrate Easter add some egg or bunny figurines to your filler. If not, decorate with fun, fresh colors, and add some spring flowers to the mix. Tulips and daffodils always scream spring to us. So does anything white with pops of pretty pastels.
ADD SOME LIGHTING
Unless it’s candles, lighting is not a common element you see incorporated into mantel décor. Illuminating your mantel is a sure fire way to make it stand out. Try adding a lamp or two to the filler or weight of the design, or hang a sconce on each side. Either way, we love the idea!
SHAKE IT UP WITH FLOWERS AND PLANTS
We truly believe that real flowers and plants are a must when it comes to home décor. They help liven up your space, add natural color, and freshen up the air. Plus, a mix of vases and planters will only help add to the look. We really love the feel of the all plant design in the photo above.
ACCESSORIZE TO THE NINES
An eclectic mantel design always captures the eye. Make yours stand out with a mix of accessories and others décor elements that really reflect who you are. Try a theme out, like the above nautical design. Use candles, books, vases, statues, knick-knacks and more that all work together towards an overall look or effect.
ADD A MIRROR TO OPEN UP THE ROOM
Incorporating mirrors into your home décor is a great trick to help open up any room. A large mirror in a room, especially a smaller one, will create the illusion of depth, help with reflecting light, and provides a clean aesthetic.
This rule is no different when it comes to styling your fireplace mantel. Instead of using a large art piece as your focal point, replace the reserved spot with a mirror. It’ll do wonders for opening up the space instead of filling it in.
TRY A MORE MINIMAL APPROACH
If you’ve got a mantel with its own unique character, don’t overshadow it with a ton of accessories. Try and keep your look more clean and minimal. In other words — skip all that filler and pick 2-5 objects for your design.