How to Decorate Your Mantel
Updated: Dec 14, 2022
Looking around your home you may be thinking, I need a HUGE overhaul! You may be tired of looking at the same décor, same furniture, same wall color, and the same lighting. When you look at the amount of work this will take, you will naturally start to see dollar signs, the time commitment scares you and you STOP, decide the undertaking will have to wait, and then nothing ever gets started or completed.
It’s an often-true thought process, especially in a world where everything is instant, but it is no way to approach an obstacle or decorating as we are talking about here. Let’s think about your home as a pie and each room is a slice, how does one consume a slice of pie? One bite at a time! In this blog, we are going to take a bite out of your mantel!
If you know us, you know we like to start with a clean slate! So get to work removing all items from the mantel space and give it a good cleaning, you will feel better and more confident in approaching the mantel with a well-prepped space.
Next, is the planning, with a clean slate you can see the space without all the noise of the previous items. Now let’s talk about those bites we are working on for your mantel.
Bite 1: The Anchor, is your biggest bite!
This piece is special, it takes up the most space above your mantel and you guessed it, it anchors your eye on where to look. Sometimes your anchor is determined by the need and placement of your TV, this is a functional anchor. Add a little fun and step up your decorating game by framing out your TV! This is a perfect solution for elevating your anchor.
Now for those of you who do not have to have a functional anchor, you have choices! Don’t we all love choices? Naturally, the artwork is a great anchor, it comes in various styles and sizes, so you should be able to find something that will fit here perfectly.
We like a nice wall border around the mantel and anchor so choose something that is about 75% or less of your open wall space when you are looking for the right size, but do not go too small, it still needs to play its role. If artwork is not your style, or you want to play with a different shape we love a round mirror or clock in this space.
This 30" wall mirror can provide a simple sense of sophistication in any room
This watercolor art print looks beautiful in any style space
Art measures 48L x 1.75W x 32H in
This glam wall canvas art adds just the right amount of sparkle to your walls
This 36" white metal wall clock will help brighten up any space
This 32" stone gray metal finish clock would compliment any space
Bite 2: The weight, it’s the counterbalance to your anchor!
Just like it implies you want to distribute these next items, so you have an even distribution of weight on either side of your anchor.
Lanterns, candles, or pottery are the perfect items to select for this bite. Keep in mind that you will want your weight to sit fully on the mantel to guarantee they are stable. For a better piece of mind grab some mounting putty and place it under your items, this provides a little stick and eliminates the chance for wobble.
Beginner Tip: Your weight can be the same piece for each side, this error proofs your distribution and gives you perfect balance.
Pro Tip: Use the same items but in different sizes, place the largest one on one side and the medium and smallest one on the other, this gives you balance but changes up the visual.
These handmade wood candlesticks create a warm and cozy atmosphere
This lantern brings dimension and a sleek, traditional look to your space
3. 3 Piece Set of Ceramic Vases
These two-toned ceramic vases with greenery liven up any space!
4. 6 Piece Artificial Eucalyptus Stems
These stems will provide added height to balance out your mantel décor
This 17" vase has a classic design that makes it a staple piece for any style
Now you might be thinking this looks great! Or you may be thinking this needs more. Either way, you can stop or proceed to bite number 3.