Today I want to share with you just how easy it is to style a mantel. By using these three tips,
you can make the fireplace mantel a beautiful centerpiece in your home.
Our old mantel used to look like this
So you can only imagine how much I enjoy decorating it now that it looks like this!
My fireplace is probably my most favorite spot in our whole house. The crisp white color makes it the perfect blank slate to decorate year round. I can switch out a few pieces and it becomes a completely different room each time. And sometimes when I don’t feel like decorating it, it is a statement in and of itself.
I am usually in the camp of less is more when it comes to mantel decorating. Especially when the backdrop itself is so beautiful, I don’t want it to be hidden by a bunch of “stuff”. I’ve been experimenting with my fireplace decor for a few years now and I have picked up some tips and tricks along the way.
THREE MANTEL DECORATING TIPS
Tip #1: Use layers! This is the easiest way to add dimension and contrast to a space.
For my summer mantle I layered a wooden six panel window frame underneath a hand lettered chalkboard sign. I find that the bottom layer is best when it takes up 3/4 of your backdrop. And since we read from left to right, it looks natural to have the window frame be tall and the chalkboard to be shorter and off centered to the right.
Tip #2: Stick with neutrals. Have neutrals be the bulk of your decor and tie in the colors after. Neutrals are blacks, whites, tans, wood, leaves.
The wood frame, glass vase with white flowers and white framed chalkboard are all neutral. Adding the bright fabric banner ties in with the colors on the hand lettered sign and really lets that be the focus. Your eyes are drawn to the color and the neutrals don’t take away from the piece you’re trying to highlight.
Tip #3: Decorate in odd numbers. I learned this one from my mom and she was right on! Visually odd numbered items are the most appealing and if decor is too symmetrical something looks off. We can’t always place it but we notice it.
The wood frame and chalkboard look ok on their own but when you bring in the jar with flowers the mantel decor looks more balanced. The rag tie banner spans the width of the whole mantel so it doesn’t count in the total number.
Summer is here! Ok maybe not officially but my mantel and the weather are telling me otherwise!
Do you have any tips or tricks that you’ve learned from decorating your mantle year after year? Leave them in the comments below!
From my home sweet home to yours,