4 Tips on Styling Your Fireplace Mantel

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When I was a child, my grandparents lived on a picture-perfect ranch in Washington State. My Grandma always knew how to create a cozy home that instantly made you feel comfortable when you walked in. One memory I have is of her fireplace mantel. It was always packed full of family pictures and dried flowers; there wasn’t an inch of space between any two frames! Though I loved my Grandma to pieces, her mantel décor constantly gave me a visual headache. Here are a few mantels that have been decorated just enough to make a statement but aren’t overdone.

One item to add over your mantel is a piece of art. It looks great, adds color to your space, and allows you to go with simple accessories.

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Another look that I love to create on a mantel is the layering look. A tip is to hang an art piece or mirror, and then layer a smaller piece of art on the side of the hung piece. From there you can add small accessories like ceramics or candles to complete the mantel décor.

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Adding greenery to your mantel is an easy and cheap solution. Foliage looks striking against a simple color palette including whites, blacks, browns, and even greys. So if you are styling a monochromatic space, this is your answer!

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Mirrors above the mantel always make a space feel bigger. Round mirrors are a fun option since rectangular mirrors are commonly used above fireplaces. Above we see a round mirror accessorized with rectangular frames and tall candlesticks. It’s a variety of shapes that create a timeless look.

How do you decorate your mantel?

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Kirsten Grove
Kirsten Grove has always had a passion for interior design. Simply Grove is Kirsten's creative outlet for all things aesthetically beautiful. Started in 2008 as a way to show off eye catching design and decor from all over the world, Simply Grove has become a hang-out for like-minded creatives with a love of interiors and an appetite for design eye-candy. You will also find Kirsten featured in publications and sites like Better Homes and Gardens, Lucky Magazine, RealLiving Magazine, Elle Decor.com, HGTV.com and Design Sponge to just name a few. She was also named one of Babble’s Top 50 Design Mom Bloggers of 2011 and has been a speaker at Alt Summit 2011, 2012 and 2013.