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When I say this you’re probably going to laugh, I mean let’s be real…I did, I am. I have put things up on my fireplace mantel and taken them down about 25 times now. That’s not an over exaggeration at all, I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted up there. When we first built our home I knew I wanted a fireplace. I mean–I would have (and I did) given up all the other extra things to get my fireplace. I did just that, we’re DIYing a lot of the rest of our home because I wanted a fireplace and we could only afford so much, so obviously I want it to look good! A few things I’ve learned, bigger isn’t necessarily better. The first thing I put above our fireplace was a HUGE picture of the temple we got married in, while it’s a GORGEOUS picture the frame is black (which doesn’t match my living room) and it was a little too big to be up there. So I played around, put things up, took them down, a whole lot of trial and error and by trial and error I mean a whole lot of error…so here I am. I am going to share a few tips I learned and then give details of my FINAL (minus holiday decorating) fireplace mantel decor.
Tip #1: Keep receipts. This rule really goes for every part of your house. You might love something in the store, think it’s going to look great and then get home and hate it. This happened more than once in this particular area. Keep the receipts and then you can return those items and try something else.
Tip #2: Dimension is key, to a point. Our living room is very neutral, white and bright. I tried having all my decor white and well, it was a mess. I needed dimension and contrast in there. I still kept with the light, bright feel–but I added in woods, grays and greenery. It’s made the mantel pop and definitely given it the look I wanted it to have! Which leads me to my next point, use different heights. You’ll see below I have tall pictures, short ones, tall plants, a candle stick, etc. By doing this it adds to the dimension, but still fills up the space.
Tip #3: Greenery goes a long way. Greenery can seriously complete any look, even a fireplace mantel. Get a good plant to set up on the mantel, you could even put a hanging plant off to the side above it.
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