What could make a living room more beautiful than a tasteful mantelpiece? Fireplace mantels are one of the most important aspects of a cozy interior, as they can attract attention from the first moment.
There are many fireplace mantle design ideas out there, but the most important factor in your choice is your personal style.
Are you looking for fantastic decoration ideas for your mantelpiece? We have some great tips that can help you get your car moving!
The best way to get started is to start with a topic
Anything can be a theme: your last vacation, your exciting art collection, or just the room you want the mantelpiece to decorate. The most important thing in deciding how to build a fireplace mantle is choosing this topic.
Then what would be a better moment than a vacation season? Fireplace cladding is always special, but it is best to see it during festive times, when most guests visit your home.
Take Halloween as an example: you can hang a few decorative lights on the mantelpiece and it will be enough to satisfy your creative needs.
There are many similar occasions (Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day or, of course, Christmas) that you can show off your creativity in decorating your space in the strangest yet unique way.
A mediation style
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The style of your fireplace mantle is intended to continue the flow of your overall style and feel that you want to convey (casual, formal, busy, minimal, etc.).
Look at the architecture you already have and look for connectable ways to improve it. One thing not to remember is to keep your balance and keep things proportional.
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Symmetrically designed mantels are the most popular. Because of their simplicity, they look equally good in formal and casual settings.
Symmetry has the power to be eye-catching as it is the simplest but most creative solution in a living space.
It’s the perfect choice for classic and conservative homes that don’t want to “show off”, but also for modern interiors that can really arouse more curiosity about the homeowner’s personality.
The things you shouldn’t forget
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There are two ways to achieve visual balance: balance itself and symmetry.
On the one hand, symmetry means that elements are placed exactly where you expect them to be (e.g. two images facing each other). Balance, on the other hand, does not prescribe any placement rules, but works with objects made of similar materials or of the same size.
The importance of scaling
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Scaling needs to be considered, not only in terms of the objects you want to associate with your fireplace, but also in terms of the correlation between the objects themselves.
There should be some obvious “overlap” to show that these parts are similar and form a cohesive unit. However, if you overdo it it won’t help much – instead of reducing the height or width of the shock, you should gradually improve.
Placing objects in front of each other is not wrong
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Conversely – it’s good! This is the ultimate way to create depth knowing that there isn’t a single item to draw attention to. For example, foreground elements should overlap elements overlaid at the back.
Coats in modern homes
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Minimalist is an association for modernity, so there is no need to add an excessive, luxurious mantelpiece in an obviously crowded room.
All it takes is a long statue, a row of absolutely identical, small pieces (in a row of course) or a large painting.
Since we’re a bit biased, we recommend that you go for the latest version as it creates a window pane effect over the mantelpiece and perfectly portrays modern edges.
With strong colors and impressive frames, the piece will look even more beautiful. Think about it: can you actually remember a fireplace you liked without a picture hanging over it? No, you can’t.
Coats in traditional houses
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Once you’ve decided on traditional living space, consider candles. This may sound clichéd to some of you, but the truth is that traditional style is inherently clichéd.
That is why it looks much better with long candles stuck in silver sticks than with a modern lamp with touch commands.
If you go for candles, make them two and place them on opposite edges. If this sounds too easy, put a photo in between.
The good side of traditional style is that it can tolerate different shapes, colors, and sizes so you don’t really have to worry about finding the perfect pieces. For a more romantic look, add vases of fresh flowers.
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You’re well on the way to reviving your simple mantelpiece with multiple accessories, but the real trick to doing this is with colors.
It’s not even colors, it’s the way you work with them. The first thing to know is that you can use any color you already have in the room, along with a reflective mirror with sconces on the sides.
The atmosphere is obviously enhanced by candles, vases and similar decorative items.
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Fireplaces are usually made of heavy, tough looking materials like stone and brick, and therefore can make the room tighter and colder than you’d like.
You have to weigh these materials down, and the best way to break your manhood is by adding green.
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Plants or green ingredients are generally welcomed by any style, especially if you add flowers to get a feminine tone.
A relatively new and famous trend is the use of tall grasses as these are neutral and work well in minimalist homes too. A touch of green compliments a number of design styles, while floral arrangements add a more feminine tone.
Everyone has a special Christmas collection with decorative items in the Christmas village scene.
Fireplace cladding is the best place to get the collection visible, even if it means the occasional replacement of your large mirrors and expensive artwork.
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Both art lovers and those with a single favorite painting are welcome to use their mantelpiece to hang art.
It doesn’t even have to be a single piece – you can opt for an entire gallery wall or add a few items that matter somehow to your tastes and personality.
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In general, traditional tableaus can be explained as symmetrical locations in a classical order. By arrangements we mean wall lights, rounded mirrors or similar soft shapes that make the mantelpiece look better and more inviting.
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Did you think that your fireplace mantle could be the perfect place for your new flat screen TV? Placing it over the mantelpiece or mounting it directly on the wall is a perfect aesthetic solution, much like hiding it behind some of your cabinets. This setup looks even better with one electric fireplace.
Reflection x 2
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It’s good to like classic mirror solutions like the mirror-over-mantel solution, but that doesn’t stop you from coming up with original ideas.
You can choose a smaller mirror than usual or use the big one with a smaller one in front of it. The effect is just fantastic.
Include the family
When it’s Christmas time, give these cute embroidered stockings with written names and the mantelpiece will instantly look more personal. If it’s not Christmas, the same effect can be achieved with a happy family photo.
Bring energy and let it show you
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You enjoy renovating your personal mantelpiece and there is no reason not to show your pleasure. You don’t need a lot of accessories, bold colors or expensive mirrors.
If you had decorated your mantelpiece with love and passion, it would be a star. Are alone!