Your fireplace is more than just a way to keep the room cozy. It serves as a focal point, commanding attention when you enter the room. A well-decorated fireplace mantel can draw even more attention to the area and make the entire room look better. Use these tips to give your mantel a makeover.
If your living room is contemporary with Caracole furniture and soft lighting, give your fireplace a classic look. Dress up the wall above the mantel with a pair of sconces, one on each side, with an embellished round mirror in the middle. Group similar objects on the mantel to maintain the look.
If you have a rustic living room with reclaimed wood furniture and leather couches, layer large and small framed prints on the mantle for visual appeal. Lean the frames against the wall, especially if it’s brick or stone.
To add a modern look to the entire room, fill the fireplace with white candles of various sizes. You may be tempted to hang your television above the fireplace, but this distracts from the ambiance and could be bad for your TV. Instead, hang a series of black and white prints symmetrically above the mantel and add modern vases to the corners.