Decorating a Fireplace Mantel

A fireplace mantel is a great focal point for any room: Eyes of family members, guests, and friends are drawn to fireplace mantels, which are usually in the living room or main room. There are numerous ways to decorate a fireplace mantel that can showcase your own unique tastes and artistic ability, or can be a place where favourite pictures are put on display. The wonderful thing about fireplace mantels is that they can be decorated and re-decorated to coordinate with holidays or special events.

Here are a few ways to decorate a fireplace mantel that can help to spark your own imagination. If you need a new mantel, you can buy online now.

Mirror, Mirror on the Mantel

If your fireplace is located in a smaller room; consider getting a bold collection of mirrors to put on display; this will help to make the room appear larger than it is. Choose mirrors of different sizes and lengths to give the display height and dimension. Mirrors with thick accented frames or bold colours can be found at thrift stores or discount department stores. You can choose to simply lean the mirrors against the wall on the mantel for a less permanent display, and don’t shy away from layering different mirrors against one another to see how it would look. To add to the bold mantel display you can include candles of various sizes, colours, and lengths; in unique candle holders to be placed in front of the mirrors. The lighted candles will create a dramatic ambiance especially when the flames are reflected in the mirrors.

Family, Friends, and More

A popular way to decorate a fireplace mantel is simply having great photos of family and friends in various frames: Each photo can capture a significant event or just some good times. If you are looking for a cleaner look for your mantel; consider purchasing a number of identical frames and hanging or placing them in a row across your mantel. The great thing about pictures is that you will be able to change them from time to time to keep them fresh and current. For a display of photos with a little twist; consider dispersing prints of your favourite paintings or art pieces into the collection. This will help to diversify your decor and add some different vocal points to the mix.

Collections & Artefacts

If you have a special hobby or collection that you adore, consider a way to decorate your fireplace mantel that displays all of your treasures; i.e. if you collect vases from all over the world, what better place to put them on display? If you are a photographer, consider blowing up your best pieces and hang them above your mantel. Having your collection or hobby on display will make the mantle decor more personal and meaningful, and they can be great conversation starters at dinner parties.

A fireplace adds warmth and atmosphere to a room, and the way you decorate the mantel makes it all the more personal.