Timber Home Living - - Product Guide -

Fire­place man­tels are con­ve­nient to dis­play knick­knacks, heir­looms and pic­tures. They’re def­i­nitely an ex­cel­lent place to hang stock­ings and dis­play cards around the hol­i­day. Be­cause man­tels are so vis­i­ble, dec­o­rat­ing them is both tempt­ing and chal­leng­ing. It’s a rare man­tel that doesn’t dis­play some­thing on or above it. The prin­ci­ples at work are bal­ance and pro­por­tion.

You can as­sign a sin­gle piece to sit on or just above the man­tel, such as a mir­ror, wreath or framed paint­ing, but you’ll likely ar­range sev­eral ob­jects. Start with a prom­i­nent cen­ter­piece, then build around it. The trick is to be vis­ually en­gag­ing with­out over­load­ing. Know when to stop. When you po­si­tion pieces, ex­am­ine them from sev­eral an­gles, not just the front.

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