See also: Warm Familyroom Fireplaces
Whether it’s the holiday season or just time to refresh the energy in your home, the mantel in the living room is the perfect place for a beautiful display. Show off your style and grace or spunk and sass with creative fireplace mantel decor. Here we will highlight some of the many options and ideas worth exploring. Depending on the furniture of the room or the function of the mantel area (purely decorative or for entertainment purposes featuring a flat-screen television), you can easily spice up the area using some of the ideas below. Consider fresh or artificial flowers, candles, and glass or ceramic pieces. Mirrors can be especially effective and beautiful points of focus for a mantel display. They help create an extra sense of space and light within the room. Clocks of all styles and shapes from antique to modern can also make for interesting mantel centerpieces.
Along with the style and function of the remainder of the room, it is important to consider the fireplace mantel’s physical characteristics. How high above the floor is it? The answer to this may affect your decisions in a number of ways. For instance, if it is low, a mirror may not have the intended effect or it may not be safe to display fragile objects or plants due to children or pets. Other factors to bear in mind include the material from which the mantel is constructed as well as how it is mounted to the wall. The material and/or finish can possibly limit what type of objects can be placed upon it. Some mantels simply hang on the wall or fireplace much like shelves and should be double checked to ensure they can support the weight of whatever you choose to display.
Since the fireplace is often the focal point of the room, its mantel provides a wonderful canvas for your creativity as well as an easy-to-tackle upgrade opportunity for your decor. Here at Inspired Home+Life, we love to change up our mantels with the seasons, and whenever we are feeling, well, inspired!
This stately mantel is bright and glowing with gorgeous white flowers and candles. The beveled mirror demonstrates how reflected light can add a dramatic touch to a room. This effect is heightened by the use of shiny pewter and glass. The small dark pieces provide interesting counterpoints to all of the lightly colored objects and reflections. When designing your mantel decor try to keep contrasting colors in mind since even minor additions can help the entire display pop.
This all white candle display really sets the mood for a nice, romantic evening. White is always a perfect complement to a rich dark wood surface. This simple, elegant display is made more interesting by the use of candles of varying height and works equally well in full daylight. The candlelight illumination in the darkened room, as seen in this view, only magnifies the classic feel of the room.
Fruit or gourds are an interesting alternative way to spice up your mantel. They are particularly effective for more “rough-hewn” or distressed surfaces as seen here. Other options can include antique pieces such as lanterns, clocks or iron implements. Additional natural elements such as plants and flowers can complete the picture.
Here we have a highly functional room with a well-integrated television mounted above the mantel. The goal in a situation such as this is not to create a display that distracts during television viewing. In this example, the classic design of the room is maintained in spite of the modern electronic display. The contrasting blue pieces provide a minimalist touch that simply frames the mantel and television with a welcome splash of color.
Bright whites contrast with earth-tones and a dark fireplace. The almost stark simplicity of the four candles with the solitary orchid in the middle is absolutely perfect. The deliberate variation in height and number of candles improves the appearance beyond a more typical symmetrical arrangement.
Here we have a bold, modern display of fireplace mantel decor! This is a study in contrast and coordination. Tying the metal elements of the fireplace together with accent pieces is a great way to achieve a unified look. The interesting beveled mirror completes the set. You will often see this type of coordination using more traditional iron elements.
This Victorian-style display cleverly leverages bright, yellow forsythia to play off the floral inspirations in the the mirror, mantel and furniture. Emphasizing the existing cues in your room with natural elements such as this strengthens the theme whether the style is formal, modern or rustic.
This stone fireplace takes on a clear nautical theme with the sailboat and water birds. The plant is used effectively to add lush color and a natural contrast to the hard stone. Note the warm lighting centered on the display that enhances the cozy feel of the room.
The colorful vases on the white mantel look great! The coloring works particularly well with the warm lighting and brass highlights on the fireplace insert. This scheme is well-conceived to complement the stark (and potentially cold) appearance of the marble work.
We love this vintage look! Here we see the centerpiece complement the decor of the larger room – the wallpaper as well as the mirror – by playing off of the floral elements. The classical style bust completes the sophisticated display atop the stately fireplace surround and mantel.
Simplicity is the order of the day with this immaculate mantel. The clean gold mirror looks perfect with the black mantel piece. The purple and yellow tulips add a pop of color. The “less is more” approach can benefit you greatly especially if you have limited space with which to work.
Wow! This mirror is stunning. The candle holders fit perfectly on the mantel and we love the low placement of the mirror. In this case, the antique bronze and gold accents are used to good effect with the earth tone coloring and stone. Add a low profile gas fireplace and the look is complete.
The two-toned wall is a great way to enliven a room around a white fireplace surround such as this. The simple colors contrast well with the dark tiles and firebox. An antique clock with a warm finish jumps out as an intriguing counterpoint to the mantel and walls.
This look is for the bold. The crazy cool wallpaper coupled with the grey fireplace works really well. We can appreciate the simplicity of the solitary frame placed in the center of the mantel. This is another example of a simple display that still draws the eye and makes a statement.
In this example, the mantel display is well coordinated with the room’s accent pieces. The green of mantel’s candle holders and the dark of the vase, fireplace and mirror has been carried out into the room onto a side table. The bold sun-shaped mirror is a knockout above the high, wide mantel.
For this mantel, the mirror dramatically expands the room while providing an interesting backdrop for the oiled bronze look candle holders and vintage-style clock. The small greenery balances things atop the sturdy white mantel which stands as a perfect complement to the natural stone fireplace and hearth.
All white everything is sleek and contemporary. This starkness stands in contrast to the well-used real brick firebox. Add some flowers or dried herbs and enjoy!
You can never go wrong with all white roses on a clean white mantel. This is a classic look all year round. These would look particularly pretty as a centerpiece surrounded by leafy greenery.
We love the little purple flower in this concrete planter on the edge of the mantel. Concrete or rough-hewn stone accents can work quite well with a fireplace or mantel featuring smooth marble. Inject color using cactus, succulents or flowers such as lavender.
See also: Warm Familyroom Fireplaces