How To Style a Mantel
Mantels anchor a room and are naturally the focal point, so it's important they are well-decorated and a reflection of your style.
A styled mantel can be symmetrical or asymmetrical. An asymmetrical mantel just means both sides of the mantel don’t match. Personally, I am more of a symmetrical person, so I prefer balance on both sides.
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Choose your one large piece: My picks are artwork or mirrors and they can either be hung on the wall or leaned against it. The size should be at least two-thirds of the overall size of the mantel.
Create levels: A good rule of thumb is to gather your objects in groups of threes. Choose something large, medium, and small. Consider candlesticks in varying heights, or a pitcher (empty or filled with flowers), paired with vintage books or pretty boxes, and something small like a bird figurine. Another idea is a tall decorative vase, with agate decor, and a candle.
Fill empty areas: If you’ve hung your one large piece, you may want to consider adding filler across the bottom. This is where I like to incorporate natural elements such as driftwood, moss balls organized inside of a wood platter, or decorative glass bottles with (or without) fresh flowers.
Once you’ve styled your mantel, take a few days to see if you like it and move things around until you do. This is what I do! In the meantime, happy styling!