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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.

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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.

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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.

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1. Black Framed Mirror

This 30" wall mirror can provide a simple sense of sophistication in any room


2. Framed Canvas Artwork

This watercolor art print looks beautiful in any style space

Art measures 48L x 1.75W x 32H in


3. Canvas Artwork

This glam wall canvas art adds just the right amount of sparkle to your walls


4. White Clock

This 36" white metal wall clock will help brighten up any space


5. Wall Clock

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.

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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.


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1. 3 Piece Candlestick Set

These handmade wood candlesticks create a warm and cozy atmosphere


2. Lantern

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


5. Charcoal Pitcher Vase

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.

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Bite 3: The Fill!

These items are small but mighty! They bridge the gap or fill in the space between your weights.


Garland is a great choice here. Garland adds color and texture, can be swapped out seasonally, and works with any anchor or weight you have already put in place. Garland comes in a variety of greens or even beaded. These can be used together or separately. If choosing to combine them make sure the scale of one is larger than the other, you do not want your garlands competing at your mantel and taking away from all your hard work.



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1. Wood Bead Garland

This natural wooden bead garland is a perfect finishing accent to your home


2. Black Decorative Wood Knot

This simple piece will bring your natural element to your décor and can mix in with almost any style


3. Tealight Candle Set

This set creates a beautiful ambiance and enhances the atmosphere of your space


4. Eucalyptus Garland

This garland is a realistic and full and great way to add color to your mantel





There you have it! You have made over your mantel and started on your journey to overhaul your spaces. When you start small you can focus and get the job done.


Managing your home makeover is not always easy and not always something you may be up for doing yourself. That’s where we step in! Uniquely Yours would love to take on your challenges, no matter how big or small. We have a team of qualified resources and look forward to making your house a home. Call us today for a hassle-free consultation.




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