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Make My Mantel Marvelous

A gallery of inspiring ideas and helpful tips to create a mantelscape worthy of your hearth
by Whitney Richardson

Rustic cabin mantel
Two brilliant bouquets flank a piece of woodland artwork and add a touch of elegance to an otherwise rustic mantel. Artwork, mirrors, tapestries or other large display items should be no taller than two-thirds the distance between the mantel and the ceiling. Credit: MossCreek Designs photo

brick mantel decor
A thin mantel complements the brick layout of this hearth, with subtle decor resting atop it. The varied heights of the lamps and books create a visually appealing display that entices viewers to give it a second glance. Credit: James Ray Spahn photo

Light stone mantel
Simplicity in decor strikes the right balance with the powerful stone blocks comprising the hearth. Typically, no more than one-third the surface of the mantel should be covered with decorations; the mantel skirts that rule slightly with the addition of a sconce on either side of the central decor. Credit: JK Lawrence photo

asymmetrical mantel layout
Not everyone prefers a symmetrical arrangement for the mantel. (If done incorrectly, such layouts can look downright boring, too.) Here three candlesticks and a set of skis offset a dark-framed lifestyle image for an attractive asymmetrical setup. Credit: JK Lawrence photo

timber mantel
Though the mantel may blend perfectly with the surround, the mix-and-match style of the candles and sculptures atop it adds a visual punch, with an appropriately rustic image to draw attention to the hearth. Credit: Rich Frutchey photo

cabin mantel
One artistic focal point is complemented by a collection of knickknacks. The varied heights of such accoutrements keep things interesting without overpowering the mantel. Credit: Cindy Thiede photo

bedroom mantel
Two dominant pieces provide a balanced, symmetrical appearance on this mantel without creating an overly matching or dull look. The asymmetrical candle arrangement on the hearth box below provides added visual interest for the fireplace. Credit: James Ray Spahn photo

cabin mantel
The cabin lifestyle is on display here, with snowshoes and a waterfall painting paired with Southwestern artifacts to tie in the mantel to the rest of the room’s decor. Such relics also lend an air of authenticity to the cabin structure. Credit: JK Lawrence photo

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