Decorating Your Mantel

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Interior Design

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When starting to decorate your mantel, it’s best to begin by taking everything down and start with a fresh palette.  A very important key that I like to tell my clients is if you don't absolutely love a certain decor piece, do not feel obligated to use it.  I would rather see an empty space than see a piece of decor that doesn't excite me!

 Simple tricks to start your mantel decor

1. One big piece in the center: Begin in the center and choose something that is of a substantial size, maybe a mirror or artwork that you love.  This will be the main focal point of the mantel.
2. Movement: Choose items that “move” the eye.  Whether it be candles which move from the flickering flame or items of varying heights which make the eye move up and down, include accessories that are intriguing and add vision interest.
3. Visual Weight: A secondary focal point that isn’t as big, but still gives a punch, is a great addition to a mantel ensemble.  When pulling together a mantel, it’s best to layer one piece in front of another.  Choosing a vase with flowers or branches that will sit in front of your “big piece” starts the layering effect.
4. Layering: Whether it be art, photos, candles, or accessories, layering and staggering different sized items in front of each other is a must to create a cohesive composition.
5. Vary Heights: Along with layering, adding accessories of varying heights is more visually engaging.  It helps the eye move up and down and across. 

I also think it important to put an item on your mantel that warms your heart when you see it...a few ideas are: a photo of your family, your family motto, a special souvenir from a memorable vacation, or a quote that gives you inspiration.

I decorated this mantel with things that I purchased from Z Gallerie (one of my all time favorite stores) and HomeGoods. 


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