How to Decorate a Mantel in 3 Easy Steps

Mantel Decorating Tips

The key to mantel decorating is creating a cohesive and connected arrangement with a triangular path for the eyes to follow. By using mantel decorations that catch the eye, balance the arrangement, and create texture and depth, you can create an arrangement with a natural flow between each piece of decor. You’ll have a beautifully decorated mantel in no time when you follow these basic steps.

Artwork to help anchor your mantel

1. Start with an Anchor

Pick a large centerpiece for your mantel to act as the “anchor” for the arrangement. This is the first piece that will determine the style of your mantel. It should instantly catch your eye and set the stage for the rest of your decor. Framed mirrors, art, or large clocks are perfect backdrops to your arrangement and can easily be hung on the wall or set on the mantel.

 

Set of 3 white vases to help balance the weight on your mantel

2. Balance the Weight

Place decorations on each side of the mantel that add some height to the arrangement. Use tall vases with plants, a group of tall candlesticks, or other similar pieces that are slightly shorter than the height of your centerpiece. The visual weight on each side of your centerpiece helps balance out the arrangement and directs your eye from the centerpiece to the edges of the mantel.

 

Gold decorative accessories to help you fill the games in your mantel

3. Fill in the Gaps

Now you can fill the empty areas on the mantel with smaller pieces of mantel decor. Use items of varying heights and sizes – allowing a little overlap will add depth to your arrangement. Creating an appealing foundation will give your mantel arrangement the perfect finishing touch.

 

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