The fireplace is the cozy center of the living room — or any room it’s in, really. And its mantel is the perfect place to display decor that makes the whole space positively pop. Consider these fireplace mantel ideas for dressing up that special centerpiece in ways ranging from cheery and bright, to modern and stunning. You don’t even have to worry if your fireplace goes unused day after day, most of these designs will work better that way.
Layer the Look
Who says art should be laid out side by side? The mantel here has layers of objects and framed art for a dimensional look and a more unexpected visual interest.
Enlarge the Room With a Mirror
Let a beautifully decorated fireplace mantel do double duty by using it to display a mirror that also serves the purpose of bouncing natural light, seeming to enlarge the room.
Arrange Found Items
This fireplace mantel touts the Virginia home’s own history by displaying bottles uncovered in a barn on the property. But any carefully curated cluster of found objects adds a dose of personality and unique flair to a mantel.
Mix Foliage and Candles
For the aesthetic value alone, you can’t beat a mix of organic materials, such as branches of foliage and dried oranges, and candlesticks. We suggest using battery operated candles so you only have to keep your eye on the main fire.
Designer Kelley Motschenbacher decked her mantel with collectibles that impart a sense of whimsy and total individuality. “I really like antiques because they’re often weird, nontraditional sizes that are ideal for smaller rooms,” she told Country Living.
Decorate With Lamps
A pair of metal lamps placed on either side of a television above a fireplace mantel lends both an appealing sense of symmetry, and also a dose of functional lighting, to any room.
Make It Personal
Give the whole room a highly personal look by hanging a monogram above the fireplace mantel — such as this oversized letter from a garden store in a Texas ranch.
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