A mantle, also known as a fireplace mantel or a hood, is used to catch the smoke. The mantle shelf hangs over the mantle, and has long been used as an ornamental piece to add design to the room. The design can be as complicated or simple as you want. Today, mantle shelves are generally plain. This leaves the decorating up to the owner. There are a lot of ways to decorate a mantle. Interior designers often use it as a tool to add interest to a room, making it even more beautiful. You can also decorate your mantle as well as any interior designer. All you need are a few tips and tricks and you can create a design as ornate as you like.
Here are a few simple tips on how to decorate a mantle:
- Create interest in a usually uninteresting space. Because mantle shelves are so bare, it usually does not generate much interest. However, it also provides a good canvas for any artwork you may have around the house. Paintings can be hung over the mantle to give it a great, classy feel. You can even place various knickknacks such as vases and ceramics in bright, bold colors. Most interior designers have a rule for the placement of objects above a mantle. It is called the three plus one trick. First, select three objects of about the same height and place them on one side of a mantle. You can add variety on the placement of the three objects any which way you want. On the opposite side of the mantle, add one big object, usually two to three times bigger than the three objects. This means that when you combine the three objects, the larger object should be about the same size. Plants, flowers, clocks and sculptures are great for this purpose.
- Design your mantle shelf according to the season. There are a lot of ideas you can get if you design according to the season. For example, wreaths and socks are great to hang over your mantle during Christmas season. They will add a warmth and coziness to your living room. Halloween, on the other hand, is an occasion for fun and scares. Try decorating with a few pumpkins, masks, or any other spooky designs.
- Try to create a focal point in the mantle. Another option would be to choose one big item and display it on your mantle. You can then accentuate this by placing candles or lights all around the big item, so the attention is where it is supposed to be. Make sure that your chosen display is consistent with the overall theme of the room, otherwise it will look misplaced. Various pictures can also be used to create a more personalized feel to the home. You can accentuate this with flowers or even family memorabilia.
There are a lot of ways to decorate your mantle. These simple tips will give you some ideas on how to choose the best one.