Decorating a mantel is not about a specific formula as much as it is about proportion, scale, and balance. Don't be afraid to play around. Add a few things, take a few away. Layer. Step back and assess your work, and keep adjusting until the arrangement feels right. There are endless ways to decorate this natural focal point of a room.
Here are a few beautiful ideas you can use for creating inspired designs all your own.
Sometimes one powerful piece of artwork is all the decoration required above a mantel. Here, the designer extends the floral motif in the painting, but doesn't detract from it, by flanking it with orchids in neoclassic urns. The paintings paired on either side of the fireplace further anchor the symmetry.
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