Should you be lucky enough nowadays to have one, fireplace mantels can definitely be the focal point of any room they happen to be in. And similar to most other displays, a great looking mantel piece will need some imagination, a certain amount of balance and proportion to make it somewhere that everybody who sees it will remember.

You can’t just plop any random item on it just to fill up an empty space; you will have to get a feel for aesthetics and whatever what you place upon it, keep this advice in mind:

  • Try using items of different shapes and sizes.
  • Start with taller items at the back and then use smaller items as you move forward.
  • Don’t be too concerned about layering things in front of each other because it creates depth.
  • Remember that it’s not a photograph and no one will be looking at it straight-on.
  • Anything at the fore should overlap what’s at the rear of a mantel surrounding Gas Fireplaces in Yorkshire.
  • If you admire symmetry, the old formula that always works is to place one large item in the centre and then place smaller matching items to the side.
  • If using multiple objects try using odd numbers.
  • For instance, three candles instead of two, or five small vases instead of four.
  • This looks better for practically anything when decorating – if decorations are in groups, odds look visually better than evens.
  • If you can don’t make use of a totally random combination of items.
  • Use items that address each other with colours, shapes or themes and if possible try to connect them together in some way.
  • Balance doesn’t always equal matching and you can try using some lightweight items on one side that can then be ideally balanced with one visually looking heavy one on the other.
  • To perfectly create a feeling of focus and draw attention to one certain item, put it in the centre.
  • Make a point of not cramming that many items together as too many on the mantel just looks messily cluttered and crowded, so provide breathing room and space!
  • Some fireplace mantel ideas, particularly any dealing with balance and proportion can seem slightly confusing, but your eyes and imagination will tell you if it doesn’t look right.
  • Do some experimentation and you will eventually find it visually pleasing to look at.
  • One important fact to remember is that your display is never permanent and you can change all of it any old time that you please.

If you’re not too sure, here are some great suggestions for fireplace mantel decorating:

  • Candlesticks
  • Small Collections of different items
  • Small Statues
  • Tankards
  • Decorative plates (on stands)
  • Framed prints
  • Stacks of books
  • Framed pictures
  • Vases with artificial flowers
  • Clocks
  • Decorative boxes
  • Shadow boxes with interesting items mounted in them

By using your imagination you will be able to create a beautiful looking mantel piece in any room with a fireplace, just don’t be afraid to experiment!

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