The colder it becomes in Salt Lake City, the more we find ourselves indoors. Almost without exception, the fireplace is the family rooms focal point. Hence, the mantel is part of that focal point package.
As a result, it is important to make the most of the mantel area with a few simple design tips. As with any display area, a mantel needs balance and proportion. Here are a few different ways in which you can make your mantel worthy of its focal point duty:
Create depth by using items of different shapes and sizes. Taller items should be at the back and smaller items toward the front.
Here are just a few designer favorites for mantel designs:
- Picture frames
- Decorative boxes
- Framed prints, paintings and mirrors (lean them against the back wall for a casual look, then layer smaller pieces in front of them
- Decorative plates on stands
- Stacks of books
- Shadow boxes with items mounted on them for layering
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