How to Professionally Decorate a Mantel

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If the idea of changing your mantel a hundred times a year to suit every holiday and season gives you hives, or a panic attack, then take a deep breath. Not everyone does that and you don’t have to either.  Just choose a mantel design that you love well enough to keep it all year long.

 Decorating a mantel is easier than you think with these simple tips.   Here are some great everyday ideas to help you decorate a mantel professionally.  

Mantel Ideas

Farmhouse chic is all the rage right now and this mostly-white mantel is a perfect way to bring that look to your home.  Whiteware along with the chalkboard, a little basketry and green sprigs for color are perfectly pastoral.  All decorations on a mantel need to have various heights.  This mantel is a great example of that.

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Okay, don’t scream at me.  I know this is a Christmas mantel, and I just said you don’t have to do that.  But the elements here make for a great everyday mantel.  I love the window frame in the center and the distressed shutters on the sides.  The lamps bring warmth and could be white or bring in a cute country plaid.  Use greens and pinecones if that’s your thing, or other elements of greenery for a timeless look.  Mantels need to have a variety of textures.  

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This is a great example of layering on a mantel.  Don’t just line everything up like little soldiers, but layer them in front of each other which creates dimension and visual interest.  picture-layers
A lot of people have a TV above the mantel and that creates a decorating challenge.  This mantel shows that you can place smaller items at the edge of the TV screen and then put larger, taller items on the sides.  Always vary the heights of everything on your mantel to create a nicer flow.  with-tv
If you like a simple mantel look, especially good for a room that has lots of other things going on.  This mantel has two equally-sized pictures that provide the visual anchor to the mantel, and two equal floral arrangements.  The result is a clean, lovely look.  

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This stunning mantel incorporates a large cathedral-style window frame with a wreath as the focal point.  I love the lantern on the side which supplies a nice anchoring weight and the grouping on the right counter-balances that.  Not overly cluttered, but makes a huge statement.  2-2
Go beachy with this charming mantel whose big star is the driftwood.  The mirror will visually enlarge the space, and the candles and greens bring life to the space.

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Your mantel doesn’t have to have a picture or a mirror as its focal point.  This mantel uses a clock in the anchor space and then adds the varying heights and colors of sundry items.  It’s always good to include something tall on one or both sides of the mantel to draw the eye up and fill the space above the mantel.

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If you like a full, lush look on your mantel, then in addition to the center focal point and side pieces, layer the base of the mantel with greens or garlands.  Tuck them in behind and around the other items, nesting them to create a rich, full appeal.

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Sometimes, a very symmetrical design is just the ticket for your mantel. These four plates fill the mantel and the waxy leaves soften the metal. I love how this mantel fits the style of the home.  That should always be considered.  
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  1. My mantle is at the corner of the living room and our mantle is also angled. So I always have a difficult time balancing things out because there’s technically two long mantels connected. Our fireplace is also a wood burning stove which means we have a pipe that goes through the roof of the house. So we have an obstructed view of the mantle. I always find it so difficult any advice?

    1. Instead of trying to cover up the stove pipe, try to highlight it with a farmhouse style mantel! Which ever side of your mantel that has a larger beam, put less decor. That should help with the balance. Remember mantels do not have to be symmetrical, and personally mine never is. I like one side to be tall and thin, while one side is shorter but wider in decor. Good luck!

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