Decorating Fireplace Mantels

The fireplace is often the focal point of a room.  But what about that empty mantel?  What do you put there?  How do you arrange it?  Keep the following ideas in mind, and your mantel will be the perfect finishing touch.

Asymmetrical display

Color

It is important to keep color in mind when decorating your mantel.  Keep darker colors lower on the mantel to help the room feel anchored.  If your mantel is high above eye level, lighter colors will feel more pleasing. 

Scale

The proportion and scale of the items you place on the mantel is crucial.  Consider the width of the fireplace and the height to the ceiling above.  Your display will look most pleasing if the items you choose are proportionate to the space in which you are using them.  On a large, wide mantel, several  large items are often more appropriate than many smaller ones.

Balance

Once you feel that you have the perfect items picked out for the mantel, you need to arrange them so that the mantel feels balanced.  There are three options for creating balance: symmetrical displays, asymmetrical arrangements, and radial composition.

 

 

The possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating your fireplace mantel.  And if you remember these simple tips, you can create an eye-catching display!