Mantel Styling Inspiration

Mantels are tricky to decorate! I haven't dedicated enough time to our fireplace mantel, and it's one of my least favorite areas of our house. I just threw some extras up there and have never really styled it. Whatever, I guess - it's fine for the next two months.

(White ginger jars from Home Goods, Silver candy dishes from a thrift store, antiqued mirror from a flea market, Dala horses from eBay, art from Etsy and 20x200)

I have a few friends and clients who have been asking for mantel styling inspiration. And there are two fireplaces in our next place, so I could use a little inspiration myself.


DC Design House, via Washington Post

Domino


Elle Decor


Sara Story


James Brittain


Brown Design for HB

I like a pair of topiaries, orchards or other potted plants:

Carrier and Co

Sally Steponkus

Erik Kvalsvik

Domino
Brown Design for HB

I also like quirky little collections:

Elle Decor

HB


Domino


Ann Mihn

I've noticed lots of off-centered pairings of two accessories (usually candlesticks):

HB



Martensen via Desire to Inspire


Country Living





Michael Smith via Urban Grace

Loving a great pair of sconces flaking the fireplace mirror:


Elle Decor


Domino


I also love the layered look. A great big mirror and a few small pieces of art, plus a little accessory or two:

via Style Court


Sarah Richardson


Elle Decor

29 comments:

Chelsea said...

I would love to see your ideas for a corner fireplace. It seems that most houses (at least where we live) have corner fireplaces. They are so awkward and hard to decorate in my opinion. I'd love to see if you have some ideas! The top of the fireplace is large enough to fit some TV's, but not ours, so it has a big open space. Ugly.

Courtney said...

My problem is I love my mantel but it also has to be functional as I do not have a lot of space for books in my house. While I wish it could be artistic, it is functional.

A Perfect Gray said...

mantle styling is my worst nightmare. seeing all these helped me tremendously. now I think I know what I like and want to try...thanks SO MUCH!

Anonymous said...

Great photos Jenny...well you can't be good at everything I guess and like you say it's only for two more months.

I think alot of us are in the same boat.

Karen

Heather G. said...

Your mantel looks amazing! What are you talking about? Any of the rest of us would be proud to have a mantel like that!!

Can you come and style mine now? Why is it that they are so hard to get right??

Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

i love the idea of a huge piece of art above the fireplace. it's really not the most practical place to hang a mirror so why not use the space to make a statement?

Jennifer said...

if we had a fireplace I would be changing it ALL THE TIME!

Bailey@ peppermintbliss said...

Just what I was in the market for these days...I have moved on from dreaming about having walls (because EEEK! We have them!!) and am now starting to imagine floors and mouldings and mantels!

Melissa said...

Thanks for the inspiration!

Terese said...

Wow! I love these. You found tons of great different looks.I'm always looking for mantel inspiration too. I want to hear more about this new place you guys have. I am so excited for you. Congrats on all the great accomplishments this year (and the end of last!:)

Helen Macfarlane said...

I'm in the same boat as Chelsea. Big corner fireplace that I can never make work.

Full House said...

Great round-up. I have always struggled with my mantel. Mostly I don't want to have to commit and I can't find what I am envisioning in my head. This post came at the perfect time. Thank you darling.

Kellie said...

Lots of great inspiration! Oh how I long for a fireplace with a mantel.

Lindsay Edward said...

I LOVE the gray and yellow room near the top. I think you've posted another picture from that room in an older post? Such a great color combination!

Archana said...

Great post....I stumbled upon ur blog via Centsational girl and I am already hooked..Thnx 4 providing the daily dose of inspiration.

lemondropdreams said...

Ugh! Mantels are my weak spot. My fireplace is floor to ceiling brick, and it's in the corner. The mantel is only 4" deep. I'd love to build a wood mantel over it but that may cost a fortune. Any suggestions or a follow up post would be great!!

Anna said...

I love the look of clocks over the fireplace. Some of those were gorgeous. I do have a question for you though! My mantle is in a corner of a room, so there is room above it (big inlet) that is supposed to be for a t.v., but I can't stand the look of that. What do you suggest to fill the void in that large space?

Tonia w/ Chic Modern Vintage said...

I love each and every one of those looks.

Hello Lover... said...

I love a great mantel vignette!

Ellie Cutler said...

These tips are so great! And I absolutely LOVE the layered mirrors! I never would have thought of that!

Cristin said...

Lovely examples. Love the one from Brown Design.

xo,
cristin

The Broad said...

I like the ginger jars but on either side of the mirror, they make the mirror look small. ( unless it is just the angle of the photo)

I would like something big, one something big with the mirror like maybe one ginger jar with flowers in it instead...

I come from houses with fireplaces and it is actually one of my favorite spots to decorate. That small spot requires little but it needs the right balance most of all.

The Zhush said...

So great! Yours included! I have so many of these photos saved up as well...and for the exact same reason! That Eliot Puckette painting gets me every time! {sigh}

Marija said...

I prefer something simple. Overstyled doesn't feel livable to me. I do like the layered look, though...

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

There are so many beautiful images to peruse and take in. I love the deep aqua and black! I change my mantle seasonally. But I'm sure I will use the inspiration of your wonderful post to help me!
Yvonne

Simply Defined Design said...

Great Ideas!! Thanks for inspiring!! You have a fantastic blog!! All the best, Connie

Trish said...

What a fabulous & inspirational post, I am building a new home & it will have a fireplace. You have given me so many ideas I think I will need to restyle every week to use them all. Awesome!!!

Andrea said...

I sent this link to my mom and last night we picked out great decor for the top of the piano. We did mustard candlesticks, an artichoke knick knack, a silver rectangle curved plate with good textured wooden balls in it, and a tall plant with the ball of foliage on top. Besdies pictures of grandkids, the last decor she had there were those painted bunnies and horses from the 90's. It was time. Thanks for the tips!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Ideas couldn't come at a better time. I'm struggling with how to style a mantel in a room I've been moving on - have to have it wrapped up by Monday when the friend has her "unveiling" party - eek!

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