This post was updated on November 15, 2019.
A fireplace can act as the focal point in just about any room of your home. How you choose to decorate the fireplace mantel and the wall that disguises the chimney can balance the room and further establish the fireplace as a focal point.
Traditional Fireplace Mantel
What’s the first thing you’d be apt to put on your mantel? Our minds gravitate towards candles – two candles, in fact.
They can be gold, silver or crystal, and (for the most traditional setting) you can place them on opposite ends of the mantel, maybe with some oversized artwork on the wall between them.
Change it up a bit by setting odd numbers of different size candles on one side of the mantel (3 deep red pillar candles at progressive heights) and a different number in a different shade on the other (5 tangerine-hued pillars opposite the red enhance the color of the flame).
Alternately? Set a lengthy piece of portrait-style art opposite your first cluster of candles.
Here are two arrangements of heavenly silver and while candlesticks, looking especially crisp and clean on a white fireplace, much like our Serenity Amish Fireplace.
Country Rustic Fireplace Mantel
This is where you can add plenty of personal touches! We like homemade decor from children (or grandchildren!), special trinkets neatly piled in treasured dishes, small boxes, Amish barn stars, and antlers if ya’ got ’em!
Anything/everything straight from nature also works well on a country rustic fireplace mantel. Think branches and boughs, garlands, dried flowers and berries. Of course, a clean sparse mantel isn’t the best base for the country rustic decor – we suggest a more rough-cut fireplace to start with, like our Cedar Log Mantel.
What’s your fireplace mantel style?