Styling A Fireplace

Styling A Fireplace

Do you have a fireplace that is looking very plain and bare?
A fireplace mantel is a focal point of a room but can be a struggle to figure out how to decorate. Some are used to hold family photos, sometimes it just turns into an area to put your left over items, like candlesticks, mirrors, pictures and plants which doesn’t feel right.
Well as it turns out the trick is understanding the shapes and proportions that help pull it all together.

Create layers!

The Anchor
The anchor is a large object that will be the focal point of the mantel for the center area, such as a mirror, artwork or even a flat screen TV. This object will serve as the anchor for the remainder of your design and should be the tallest object in your overall design.

Make sure that it is appropriate for the space and the visual weight of this object should adequately balance out the visual weight of the fireplace below the mantel and should fill a large portion of the wall above the mantel.

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The Weight
Choose objects for the right and left sides of the anchor object that will add width and visual weight to the overall design. These items do not necessarily need to be identical as long as their visual weight is similar.
When choosing these items, make sure that their height is smaller than that of your anchor object but still proportionate.

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The Filler
Add objects of varying heights to the center of the mantel underneath the anchor object.
Varying the heights of these objects is important so that you do not to create any horizontal lines with your decor which would then detract from the horizontal line of the mantel itself.
You do not want anything to compete with the mantel! As you choose these items, keep their scale in mind to make sure they are smaller than the items chosen for the weight items but still proportionate.
But If you want a very clean minimal design, you can skip the filler as seen in image below it is very simple yet elegant.

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