To us, fireplaces have always symbolized a feeling of being at home. There is nothing better than being cuddled up by the fireplace after an outing in this cold Alberta winter. Kicking your boots off and your many many layers so you can finally spend your evening relaxing. Mantels are a great blank canvas that you have to show off your personality and design style. Although many houses now don’t have mantels we know that the style is coming back in full force, so get ready to use these tips! Don’t have a fireplace or mantel that’s ok, these tips are also great for decorating shelves, console tables, or any other piece in your home.
Mantels also function as an ever-changing design project in your home, we look at it as an opportunity to have fun and play with different styles and ideas as the season’s change. Getting to celebrate new colors and trends keeps things fresh and new for the wandering spirit. You can also keep your design clean and classic. Giving you the opportunity to keep it year round when you know you don’t have the time to constantly be thinking of new ideas.
Below we are going to break down how we style a mantel. As you go through, remember that the size of your space, mantel, and the material its made out of play a huge factor on the pieces that you choose to display and showcase. Remember these are just suggestions and you don’t have to incorporate exactly what we have done. Have fun and play around when its all finished making sure to tag us in a photo!
- The Anchor
An anchor is a large piece such as artwork, mirror, wreath or anything else that functions as a focal point. We always like to start with the anchor, and then build out that look we are going for from there.
- Add Height
One of the biggest design mistakes people make is having their design at one level. Introduce design details that have varying heights, like stacked books, candlesticks this helps create visual interest. Candlesticks can be similar to bookends and can just finish off the whole look, they can also add height and bridge the distance between the other elements. We love the trend of adding antique books and or other pieces to give an aged aesthetic but still being modern and clean.
If your anchor piece seems to be dominating the mantel, layer other visually interesting details in front of it. Some different ideas are family photos, artwork, kids drawings, really anything you can think of.
For a more laid back style, display an assorted arrangement of items in odd numbers and various sizes. Potted plants in a range of shapes or even other display pieces. If you prefer a more traditional and polished look incorporate similar items in even numbers to balance out each side- think pairs on either side of the anchor piece.
We hope this guide gives you some ideas on how you can freshen up your beautiful home. Need some inspiration to give us a follow on Facebook and Instagram or come say hello.
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