If you have a fireplace in your living room, then you know your fireplace is the heart of the room. Objectively, this happens because the fireplace seems to bring visual appeal to any type of personal style. Furthermore, there’s this sense of character that only a fireplace can truly achieve. With that being said, decorating your mantel truly comes with the seasons, which is why many of us compartmentalize our mantel into a “holiday or seasonal” decorating space, but wouldn’t it be great you could just decorate it once or twice and just let it sit there and be great without having to constantly change it around? Here are 10 ways to decorate your fireplace mantel regardless of the season.
Looking for a place to display all of your favorite antique trinkets? Your living room is there for a reason, and it’s the perfect place to display your antique items, especially your fireplace mantel. There’s something cohesive, fun and easy going about your mantel, which is why displaying your beloved antiques is always a good idea. Furthermore, antique décor adds character and appeal to the room in an overall appeal.
Mirrors are great! They reflect light which is fantastic when you have a smaller living room. Whether you select one large mirror or multiple smaller mirrors the option is up to you. The key is having multiple mirrors of the same aesthetics. You want to have as much brightness as possible. Doing so will help expand the room with a natural feel that can be felt immediately as soon as you enter the room.
While on the topic of mirrors, let’s talk about another brightening additional item- light fixtures. Why do we only add light fixtures and chandeliers to the center of the room? Why not add them as part of the mantel as well? See the key is having simple lights that beam off directly from the mantel. So, you want to display your lights right on the side wall of your mantel or directly on your fireplace. Additionally, you want to work your décor around it, to make the biggest impact.
Regardless, of the season or the reason greenery tends to work. There is something breathtaking about having greenery as part of your décor, even more so when you have a lack of color. Green is simple, edgy and creates a sense of grounding even if you only have one or two plants display on your mantel. Think of them as your personal little slice of the great outdoors. Do not forget to water your plants in order to keep them green all-year-round.
One Color Palette
If you have been contemplating how to decorate your mantel, try a one-color palette. Whether that is you painting the wall behind your fireplace a bright hue that makes you feel engaged with the room. Or you add décor in that specific color. You want to take one hue and simply multiply it numerous times on the mantel. Doing so keeps the room simple while still being fun and visual.
Less is Sometimes More
We say this with the idea of minimalism. Minimalism has come a huge way from what many of us thought it was. At first, it was a room that has no character whatsoever as it only has 3-5 items at most. Now it’s turned into a trend that’s completely sweeping away what our traditional idea of décor truly is. For a less is more approach you want to have 4 items maximum and they must make sense to the room’s entire aura.
Depending on how large your living room is or how it’s displayed, you might have a TV above your mantel, in that case, most of your décor is displayed in other areas. If so, built-in shelves is the way to go as they allow you to have your necessities right where you need them without taking away from having a TV above your mantel. This idea works because it appears as if your mantel and your shelves are connected.
Keep it Bare
While we are full on advocates of adding décor to your mantel, sometimes the room does need some breathing space and that’s where a bare mantel will come into play. The reason being, a simple bare area can not only give the room, breathing space, but it allows the mantel itself to make a daring statement that most areas in a home could not pull off.
Black & White
Stipulating that you want a simple mantel with just the right amount of appeal, black and white is the way to go. Not only do these two-color palettes somehow feel grand when they’re together, but they really do make any color palette work particularly, when it is blended with this color wave.
Tall & Unique
If you have extremely tall ceilings, do not be afraid of elevating your mantel and creating a unique approach. Doing so will elongate the room while adding a unique element to the room. Consider adding shelving to your mantel to further push the idea of having a decorated area that is still very much functional and easy on the eye.
Which of these ideas are you interested in trying as part of your own mantel? Please share with us your ideas below.