Whether in the living room, dining room or bedroom, a mantle is an interesting architectural feature that offers many decor opportunities. Here is how you can optimize your mantel to turn it into a key decorative element !
Since the mantel shelf is usually at eye level, it's an ideal location to place photos, candles, and treasured pieces. In addition to adding warmth and personality to the space, these decorative accents also serve to showcase the fireplace itself. You can then transform the atmosphere of the room and update your decor quickly and easily, simply by changing the items on display according to the seasons or your mood.
Since the fireplace is usually the central feature of a room, valued objects such as works of art or animal antlers are often hung above the mantel to give them a place of importance and ensure maximum visibility. A handsomely-framed mirror can also be mounted above the mantel to make the space appear bigger as well as add height and depth to the fireplace. You will instantly create an air of prestige in your decor with this simple but effective element.
In some cases, the fireplace is no longer functional but the structural elements have been left in place, opening the door to a whole new world of decoration possibilities. Rather than just use it as a catch-all, make the most of this unused space... give it renewed purpose! For instance, you could transform the firebox into an original bookcase to house a collection of old books or even insert an attractive candle arrangement, creating a tranquil corner of soft lights flickering delicately in the background.
Located in the heart of the home, the fireplace is also ideal for seasonal decorations, where they can be fully appreciated by the entire family. At Halloween, cotton batting can easily be transformed into spider webs to give your fireplace a spooky, unkempt appearance, while a jack-o'-lantern placed at the hearth will illuminate the space and fill the room with the sweet smell of pumpkin. Complete this decor by randomly placing a few little pumpkins on the mantle.