1. Go big. Small knickknacks can look rather lost and insignificant on a mantelpiece. The solution is? Choose chunky, oversized pieces that are guaranteed to have an impact. Here a kind of gothic-meets-pop-art look gives this mantelpiece masses of original style. The hot-pink letters add a zingy focal point against the gray background, avoiding the skulls and statues from the view too intimidating.
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3. Prop some art. Play with the traditional idea of hanging mirrors or paintings over your mantel; prop a work of art on you instead. It helps if the artwork itself is a disrespectful recital-celebrated piece – in this case the Mona Lisa got the margin Simpson treatment!
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4. Choose the curated clutter look. There is nothing wrong with taking the “more-is-more” approach to decorating the mantel, but simply filling the space with objects can lead to a messy, disjointed result. So, some strict ones apply to your selection. Choose a type of objects (vases, candlesticks, pots) and hold a palette of few colors that are beautiful few other furniture and parts in the room. You still achieve a rich and interesting presentation, but without risking your search so if you have dumped the contents of a garage sale on your mantelpiece.
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5th channel – the power of the three. Three elements are often enough to fill a mantel beautifully. The scale and mix of pieces is up to you. Here a street sign and a vintage mirror stretch across the length, creating a large but clear-cut display, while a small potted plant provides a one-stop shop.
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6. Or take two. If sticking to a material seems a little restrictive, expand the theme and include two important ingredients to display in your mantelpiece. Here wood and white is the informal theme. Inside it everything is arranged by a white bird decoration for a wood shoe that relaxes together in a display that looks relaxed and can be easily added or mixed.
7. Audience with unusual unique items. Make your mantel display as quirky and unique as you can decorate it with vintage curios and secondhand treasures – the more unexpected the better. From animal preparation birds to junk-shop ceramics, the selection is unlimited and the effect powerful.
8. Go minimalist. A single item may be enough for your mantel. Positioning it off center, often works best to avoid the result looks too symmetrical and dull. Here’s a little portrait giving a focus on the fireplace, without struggling with the rustic brick wall behind it.
9. balance opposite ends. Objects arranged on both ends of a mantel create a nice sense of balance and symmetry. This modern fireplace is wider, on one side, but the firebox brings more visual weight to the left. Three vases at its longer end balance and reflect the asymmetric design.
10. It fit in the room. If the room in which your fireplace stands is with a very strong, clear look, keep the mantel display in harmony with this. Here a strictly monochromatic scheme gives this bedroom actual drama, and it is reflected in the mantelpiece display – a simple arrangement of two impressive chandeliers.
11. Keep it clear. Some mantelpieces, especially those that include really good-looking or ornate fireplaces, look great on links unadorned. But if that sounds a bit too run-down for your taste, choose the fireplace with decoration by covering the surrounding walls with a patterned paper.
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