DECORATING TIPS FOR YOUR MANTEL
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.