Referring to the overall look and feel, I’m afraid my own fireplace is only lukewarm (boooo)! Oh I’ve hauled home mirrors, artwork, picture frames, candles- you name it, and have yet to settle on a mantel arrangement that really wows in a clean, contemporary way. A perpetual work in progress, does this sound familiar?
When we moved into our home, the first thing I did was paint the mantel white. It was originally an orangey oak, screaming the 90’s gone wrong. The paint did wonders, so at least I got that part right, whew… I’m willing to bet there are many others tormented by their fireplace. It is an important focal point, so the pressure’s on, right?
Well the good news is there are many, many ways to spruce it up. You can paint the mantel, paint the brick, add a more substantial mantel, tile over the surface, you name it… Then we move on to decorating above. I think the key is acheiving pefect BALANCE. Just enough stuff, the right things in the right colors, textures, and scale. Trial and error my friends- see you at Home Goods, Pier One, Crate and Barrel, World Market, ha ha.
Here are some examples that seem to be getting it just right…
(thank you Decor Pad, Ed Furman, Candice Olson, Nate Berkus, Decor Pad, and The Bella Life for the photos)