If you’re lucky enough to have a gorgeous custom fireplace mantel in your home, you should take advantage of it as a focal point by decorating the mantel strategically. Whether it’s a traditional, ornate, large, small, modern, or antique design, there are many different ways to decorate your mantel to perfection. Use the existing inspiration in the room to determine the best design choice.
Layer and Stagger Art
For a timeless and classy look, mix and match framed and unframed art of various sizes along your mantel. If you want to hang any of the pictures, don’t go too high, since just a few inches above the mantel is the ideal height. If you don’t like the staggered look, you can always select one large piece to make a statement and act as a focal point. This is a great way to show off your art collection and display pictures that are meaningful to you, such as that picture purchased on your honeymoon or the drawing created by your son.
If you aren’t sure what you want to do with your artwork, you can opt for a mirror instead. One large mirror or multiple small sizes will add dimension to your room and create an attractive focal point. This is an excellent choice if your room is a smaller, darker space that you would like to open up.
Art and mirrors look great in many houses, but if your room is more modern and sleek, technology may be the best fit above your mantel. Consider a custom shallow built-in TV cabinet above your mantel with a sliding door. You can place candles or tall, skinny plants on either side of the TV to soften the impact of the screen, and then have the TV displayed front and center above your mantel.
Whatever you choose to do with your mantel, just make sure it emphasizes the natural beauty of the design and adds to the character of your home.