Decorating a Fireplace Mantel

using one large piece of art for decorating a fireplace mantel

The fireplace is the natural focal point of any room which means, when it comes to decorating the space above the mantel, don’t be afraid to go big in order to turn it into a conversation piece.

What to hang above the mantel

Hanging a large mirror is always a great way to accentuate a fireplace as the focal point of a room. Paintings, photos, framed maps, children’s artwork, prints and canvas are all excellent choices. Plasma TVs are also popular, but just remember that when it’s off, you’ll end up staring at a big black screen.

Choose the right size of artwork

Keep items in balance by ensuring artwork is at least 2/3 of the fireplace’s width. If you don’t own a big piece of art you can combine a few pieces to achieve the scale needed.

A little higher, a little lower

Hang the bottom of your piece(s) 4” to 6” from the mantel to keep your artwork and mantel visually connected to each other. This gap may vary slightly depending on the type of accessories you choose to display.

Lastly, if you don’t want to commit to putting holes in your wall, simply rest your artwork against the wall and switch it as you please.

Liette Tousignant

I’m passionate about picture hanging and decorating (and I’m also the Co-Founder of Under The Roof Decorating)

Image via AM Dolce Vita


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