5 TIPS TO STYLING

A FIREPLACE MANTEL 

BEFORE

AFTER

The fireplace is a natural focal point in homes. Here are five guidelines on how to style one. Once you know these guidelines, you can be inspired with what you have in your own home or what you see on Pinterest. If you are unsure of where to start, start with symmetry.

STEP 1: LOOK AT WHAT IS SURROUNDING THE FIREPLACE 

  • In this house, the TV is next to the fireplace. I recommend a low profile, simple (clean lines) black media stand. The  TV will recede rather than fight for attention. This homeowner could even paint this stand.

  • Consider spray painting brass parts for an instant update. Rust-Oleum high heat works perfectly and lasts.

  • If you do not have overhead lighting, this is a good opportunity to add wall sconces or lamps for better lighting in your living room. There are many stylish plug-in style mantel lights. Lighting is extremely important in creating a calming atmosphere.

     

STEP 2: SYMMETRICAL or ASYMMETRICAL 

  • Decide of you prefer a more simple and symmetrical look or an asymmetrical layered look


    SYMMETRICAL 

  • This look creates a calm, restful look

  • Most people prefer symmetry

  • In a room that isn’t symmetrical, I recommend adding symmetry to the fireplace mantel to help establish the fireplace as the focal point in the room. The symmetry will also give an asymmetrical space visual “rest.” 

  •  It appears the homeowner would prefer a layered look, but I recommend starting with symmetry and adding a little layering here because this fireplace is off-centered and the room is not symmetrical.


    ASYMMETRICAL 

  • This look can be be very fun to create and a great way to showcases personal affects, seasonal decor or art.
         –  I’s typically harder for people who are not comfortable with their decorating sense to accomplish this look

  • Odd number of pieces (of different shapes and sizes) and balancing them 


    STEP 3: ADD HEIGHT

  • This will establish the fireplace as the focal point and give much need height to the room. It will visually raise the ceiling.

  • This creates visual interest.


    STEP 4: CREATE A TRIANGLE SHAPE

  • Odd number of items

  • Largest item in center

  • Smaller items to left and right

  • Items get smaller as they move outward

  • If you need extra lighting, this is a great place to add some. Search for plug-in wall lights.


    STEP 5: USE ARCHITECTURE AS PLACEMENT/SIZE GUIDELINES

  • Look at the firebox for art/mirror width guidance

  • Look at pillars for decor placement guidance

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