Elevate Unexpected Objects
Unexpected objects get a place of pride on this mantel, including figurines, flowers, seashells, and cups. And if you’re looking for a place to store all of your books, an unused fireplace is ideal.
Tell a Color Story
Let the mantel command the attention it deserves by setting it with brightly colored objects in various sizes and textures. Here, potted plants, art, and vases pop in coordinating hues of yellows, blues, and greens.
Mosaic sconces and potted greenery flank a wall-mounted antique horse in this example of how symmetry on a fireplace mantel can lend a tidy and soothing aesthetic to a room.
Keep a Sense of Humor
The mantel is an ideal place to inject a little humor into the home decor. For hers, stylist Sibella Court collected portraits of men and boys with mustaches — and for the ones who didn’t, she added a ‘stache for each, using ruffled paper fringe, a mask, and even a penciled-in version with a clown nose.
Potted plants displayed on a fireplace mantel can add a dose of freshness — not to mention a cheerful pop of color — to the room.
Vary the Vases
When it comes to a collection of vases, the more variety, the merrier. Mix shapes and sizes, and vary heights and colors, for an eye-catching result — whether filled with real or faux florals, or with nothing at all.
There’s no need at for a matching set here. Display pretty dishes above your mantel for a delightful look — and piling on patterns only adds to the charm.
A collection of art, of varying shapes and heights, adds dramatic visual interest to the room.