Welcome to the 5th installment of our Project Design Series. Once again we have gathered a fabulous group of Design Bloggers willing to share their tips on how to style the mantel.
Things to Consider Before Styling Your Mantel:
Size Of The MantelUse pieces that suit the size of your mantle and surrounding walls. Select your pieces accordingly. Dinky items on a large fireplace look lost. Better too big than too little
Does the Fireplace Already have Dominant FeaturesKeep the Elements Simple and let the Fireplace be the star
Is it Calling Out for ColorIf so make sure the colors visually connect with the rest of your room
Does the rest of the room lack textureAdd Textural Items in additon to the art
Where is the Center of Your Mantel for your Focal Piece
Don't Forget to Play with the Progression of ScaleRemember to Vary the Shapes and Sizes of the Elements
Start with Larger Objects in the Center and Spread out to Smaller Objects
*The fireplace in my bedroom is a small curved corner fireplace. The curves have to be addressed when styling. The typical triangle approach will not work here because the smaller items on the ends can disappear.
Why this works:
- You cannot go wrong with symmetry and it is the easiest to do. Start with a large mirror, picture, architectural item, or identical grouping of items in the center.
- Create balance on the left and right of your mantel by using single items or groups that mirror one another.
- It completely fills in the visual space of the mantel and creates height which works for a room with high ceilings
Example 2a -additon of art
Why This Works:
- Spring Blooms and Moss Ball add color and organic softness
- Books bring color from surrounding room
- Anchor Architectural Item adds texture,height, and sculptural interest
- Bowling Pins and rabbit add vintage charm
Why This Works
- Simple & Minimal
- Variety of Shapes and Heights
- Art, Flowers, and Pot mirror colors in Surrounding Room
- Candlesticks add Sculptural Interest
Which is your favorite and why?