How to decorate a fireplace mantel

Years ago saying the hearth was the heart of the home was indeed true. One hundred years ago the fireplace was standard in most homes but was used for not only heating the home but for cooking as well. Today if you are lucky enough to have a fireplace in your home it is treasured more for its charm sometimes instead of function {especially here in the Sunshine State}. Our fireplaces may be used as a heat source, however their real value and charm comes from the cozy atmosphere they create. This coziness is what causes me to have a love affair with them.

Searching Pinterest I have found so many beautiful beauties. Here are a few of my favs. What do you think?

The Adored Home

The Adored Home

The Adored Home
Photo courtesy of Architectural Digest

Even though my current home does not have a fireplace in it, I have had a home which has and I do miss it very much. The struggle a lot of times is just how to decorate the mantel without it being too little or too much.

The best formula in displaying our treasures is creating a visual triangle.

Here are some proven steps to helping you achieve the perfect mantel no matter what treasures you are displaying:

  1. Start fresh. Remove everything you have on the mantel to get a fresh start.
  2. Center a large piece of artwork or a mirror over the top of your mantel. Remember this does not have to be hung; it can sit to the back of the mantel but make sure it is placed in the center of the mantel.
  3. Add something with movement to the left. A great example is a pair of candles sticks at varying heights.
  4. Add something with visual weight on the right. A large vase filled with some moss balls of varying sizes, or some flowers with tall branches. Remember this needs to be larger and weightier than what you placed on the left. By now you can see the triangle happening. Don’t be afraid to change things around. I usually have bought things I think will work then I run all over my home to find things I already have that may even work better with some of my new pieces.
  5. Then fill in with some {not too many} accessories of varying heights which reflect your own personality, for example, a small piece which may have sentimental value or a few small framed pictures.
  6. Step back, grab a cup of tea, and enjoy!

What is your favorite thing about a fireplace. Head over to Facebook and let me know, or just leave a comment below.

If you want to see more Pinterest loves just check them out here!

Until next time,

Enjoy your day, your family, and your home!

XXXOOO,

The Adored Home

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