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Embellish Your Fireplace Mantel

By Christine Chou Subscribe to RSS | November 30th 2011 | Views:
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Your fireplace can be a very adorning piece of interior for your home. It tends to give a homely feeling to your living space. You can just use a few tips to decorate your fireplace mantel. The mantel can be used to hold some showcase pieces like your family photos or other decorating pieces. The best part is that you can just make a few changes to create a giant impact. Here are a few tips you can follow while you decorate your mantel.

Architecture of the Fireplace

Whether the mantel of your house is as simple as a shelf or it is a marvelous built in piece, there is definitely a way to create a striking impact by making a few architectural adjustments. A plaster or wooden relief arch over the fireplace mantle will help the viewer’s eyes to be drawn to the top. Of course the arch has to be painted to match the mantle. You can also do something like replacing the existing architectural elements with something more interesting. Scrolled wrought-iron handles or sconces would work perfectly. For a lighter touch you can go for beading a board trim down the mantel wall.

Color of the Mantel

The best tool you have in hand for creating an attractive fireplace mantel is color. For a crisp and clean theme, go for white color and for a trendier choice, a gray mantel with blue related undertones would look good. For creating a warm vibe, you can choose rose based undertones and for giving your fireplace mantel a country cottage look and feel, you should choose antique white coupled with muted earth tones. The adventurous ones must go for the bolder shades like saffron, muted green or poppy orange.

The Accessories for the Mantel

When you choose the art pieces that you are going to display on your mantle, you must mostly go for ones that are interesting to bring out interesting conversations. Family photos, travel souvenirs and heirlooms are popular choices. Let such pieces take the center stage of the fireplace mantel and then enclose them with less obstructive pieces. Do not balance too much as lopsided arrangement has a better charm. The pieces that have common themes and colors must be kept together to make it more appealing.

These are some of the best tips you can follow to make your fireplace mantel look interesting. Make it a point that your fireplace mantel is small reflection of your personality. Make sure you have fun while you decorate and then it is definite that you will get recognition for what you have done.

Christine Chou - About Author:
Distinct Interiors can create a custom Automate Immunoassay fireplace mantel for your home

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