Fireplaces & Mantels

For any room that has a fireplace, this is typically the focal point of the room. The fireplace and mantel and its surroundings should be considered when designing this space. In today’s world, many mantels have televisions over the space, but if this can be avoided, I prefer the television elsewhere.

 

 

Fireplace and Mantels

 

A symmetrical approach is sometimes taken in accessorizing the mantel. Scale and proportion need to take a lead role in this space just as it does in the rest of the room. One approach is to place art or a mirror in the center and matching accessories on either side or just the center object can stand alone.

 

Fireplace and Mantels - Interior Walls Designs

 

 

 

Many times art or a mirror is leaned against the wall of the fireplace. Other pieces and objects are placed in a random, yet well-thought out, manner. This can be a time to use pieces that are in the same collection or relate to one another in one designated space.

 

Fireplace and Mantels

 

Fireplace and Mantels - Interior Walls Designs

 

 

Fireplace and Mantels

 image by Designer Nate Berkus

My design style says that fireplace mantels need to include accessories  that a person can view easily, and that are in scale with the room and mantel. For instance, family photos, especially those that are small in size and detail, would not work high on the wall for they cannot be easily viewed by anyone.

This two-story fireplace is well-designed in my opinion. The wooden skis become sculpture or art for the second level of the space. They blend perfectly within the space and do not detract from the stone. They also add that extra dimension or layer, that when done right, really showcases the entire space. Not every fireplace can handle this type of treatment so again, it depends on the space.

 

Fireplace and Mantels

 

 

Mirrors are used in many situations for they can open up the space. Be cautious for sometimes they may reflect an area you don’t want to emphasize or they may reflect blinding sunlight certain times of the day.

This mirrored wall above the mantel is a great look for this space. The white mirror on top of this mirror adds more dimension without feeling heavy or cluttered.

 

Fireplaces and Mantels

Other option is to design and install a molding detail around the mantel area. It can add character and dimension to the space.

 

Fireplace and Mantels

 

Fireplaces and Mantels

 

I personally gravitate towards a space that is decorated in an asymmetrical style. I feel the pieces can tell a great story and offer more of a “collected” look when it is in this format.

 

 

Fireplaces and Mantels

image via Elle Decor

 

 

Fireplaces and Mantels

images via pinterest

 

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