As the focal point in many rooms, mantels are so important for setting the mood in a room. For this week’s Friday Five, we are sharing some of Kari’s tips for decorating a mantel, as well as some before and afters from houses she has decorated recently.

1. Start with a clean slate.

Take everything down – even if you plan to reuse something.

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2. Choose a main focal point.

Find artwork, a mirror, or clock that fills up as much of the wall space as possible, without going to the ceiling or wider than the mantel. When items are too small, they tend to get lost and not make much of a statement.

If you choose artwork, you can decide if you want to lean it against the wall or hang it. Generally, a mirror needs to be hung so that the angle doesn’t reflect your ceiling – but there are always exceptions to every rule! Don’t be afraid to play around a little, and see what looks best in your space.

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3. Pay attention to scale for accessories.

Usually, since mantels are not very deep, tall and skinny accessories are key. Kari’s go-to items are candle sticks with Luminara automatic candles or moss balls; a lamp to add light; or a floral arrangement to soften the area.

To add more interest, Kari usually chooses accessories that coordinate but don’t match.

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4. Add some color.

If everything else in the room is fairly neutral – walls, builtins, carpeting, etc – add a punch of color on your mantel. Since it’s focal point of the room anyway, the pop of color will help set it apart even more.

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5. If you have a small space, keep it simple.

When mantels are smaller, simplify and use fewer accessories to make a bigger statement. Also, instead of thinking tall and skinny like most mantels, with shorter spaces, you have to think about taking up width rather than height. A coordinating pair of canvases or a chunky set of candlesticks are great ways to do this!

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2 Comments on Friday Five :: Tips for Decorating a Mantel

  1. Joyce Williams
    October 10, 2014 at 10:54 am (3 years ago)

    Love the mantles!!! My Alto house needs a bigger picture- will send you a picture and you can give me some options

  2. Angela
    October 16, 2014 at 10:59 pm (3 years ago)

    These are great after’s! Love love!