Hello ABN readers! It’s Cecilia with Home with Keki and I am excited to be back with one of my how to style posts and today we are tackling how to decorate and accessorize a mantel. The fireplace mantel does follow some of the same styling tips of a console table and you can read all about my console table styling tips here. I love the idea of over styling a fireplace mantel and showcasing items in your home because you know it will get see. The fireplace is most likely the focal point of the room, as a result, the mantel is a great area to showcase art, collections, or photos.
How To Decorate and Accessorize A Mantel:
I am sure many of you have heard or read about the triangle method. Styling your mantel using the triangle method is simply a three step process of creating height and balance on a tabletop or mantel. It is a layering process of creating height, weight and fillers in the shape of a triangle. See my mantel below, I created two triangles. This makes it appealing to the eye.
However, this post is more taking it a step further and explaining what to add into that triangle to make your mantel stand out.
1. Create an Anchor with a Unique Piece
A framed mirror works great, but if you have a sunburst mirror, or something a mirror of a unique shape, go for it! I have since changed my boring black framed mirror as well.
2. Add A Collection
The mantel is a great place to showcase your collections. From vintage small mirrors or art frames, to brass candlesticks or even various sizes and shapes of Barcelona vases. Have fun and be unique.
3. Go Big
We know we have to create height, but don’t be scared to go high up. Nothing wrong with drawing the eye closer to the ceiling. You can do this with art, adding wall sconces, adding shiplap to frame it in.
4. Add Something Organic
If you have read my previous styling tips, I will always mention this. Adding anything organic, natural is a must. It gives your mantle or tabletop texture and life.
So, there you go. Yes, use the triangle method when styling your mantel, but go ahead and take it to a new level by adding my 4 tips!
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