10 Creative Ways to Decorate Your Mantel

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The mantelpiece could be considered one of the most consistent displays of decorative personality across all homes. Originally designed to be ornamental, it isn’t any wonder that eyes are immediately drawn to the characteristic form and fitted shelf to help center a room. What happens around the mantel is almost as important as what happens above, inside or placed on top. Mantels provide warmth whether the hearth they host is functional or not.

After moving into a new home a couple of months ago, I found myself somewhat lost in a new space with a troublesome mantel, so I turned to the archives for inspiration. The most logical solution seems to be placing a mirror above to add depth and reflect light within the space. This is an elegant and timeless approach, but I was looking for something a little more unique. I landed on these 10 creative ways to decorate a mantel from resourceful homeowners that thought a mirror wasn’t quite enough to reflect their personality. –Bethany

  1. Emily says:

    I love the one with the books in the fireplace! Too cute! Wishing I had a mantel now haha.

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

  2. Bérangère says:

    I’m charmed by the 7th one with all the little plants and Frida’s portrait. I’m a sucker for both and I bet it’s a vignette that changes all the time. The truth is I love the entire house that comes with it. Such a fun space. A real kaleidoscope of colour! :)

  3. I love the one with the row of bottle openers.

  4. Renee says:

    I love Andrew and Neal’s harvest photo, with the dog portraits to the side (and I love their whole house). I wasn’t very productive today, waiting to hear how my 17-year-old dog will come through surgery, so the dog stuff was very therapeutic (heard later that she’s fine).

  5. C A says:

    Love the one with the hats and a drawing for the missing one. Clever!

  6. Sue Fogwell says:

    Building a mantel for our fireplace will be one of our spring projects–after a 2 1/2 year rebuild/renovation.
    http://www.brickhouse319.com

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