Mantels – Less is most often More

Posted by on Sep 24, 2011 in Interior Design | 0 comments

Mantels – Less is most often More

fireplace mantel blogAs we feel the fall’s first chill, my mind goes immediately to a cozy fire in the family room.  Nothing is more mesmerizing than those flickering flames.  But how do we decorate around our fireplace?  My thoughts are that “less is definitely more”!  Don’t clutter the mantel with large collections of pictures or collectables all surrounding a large picture or mirror.  It is so easy to do because a mantel gives the appearance of a shelve and what’s the harm in adding just one more item on that shelf?  Decorating is really about accenting a beautiful feature, so most often less will always be more.  Here are some quick tips for decorating your mantel – Start with one large piece of art or mirror; which anchors the mantel; it can rest on top of the mantel or be hung very close to the mantel.  That piece does not have to be centered, especially if you’d like to add a few more decorative features.  Once you have your anchor, step back and see if you like the simplicity of it.  If you feel it needs a little more, add small accents – small vases or plants that will co-ordinate with the anchor piece.

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