Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mantel Design Inspiration

The fireplace is often the visual focal point of the den or living room. But outside of Christmas and some seasonal endeavors, many of us are unsure of how to accessorize it for the rest of the year. So this week, we’re offering some creative mantel designs to provide you with inspiration - and they’re budget-friendly, too!

We’re all about design ease at DownEast Home, and we love the idea of simply leaning and layering artwork and mirrors as in this image from HGTV. For best impact, choose items of varying heights and sizes. Note how the mirror inside the fireplace ties into the look.


image source: HGTV

No budget for artwork? No problem! Take a trip to your local flea market to look for some unique “found art.” In this image from Country Living, old screened windows salvaged from a garage sale are repurposed as vintage decor over the hearth.

image source: Country Living

Sometimes, it’s the bold color of the mantel itself that really stands out, as in this image from This Old House. The cheerful yellow pops against the neutral walls and artwork. The same-colored side table and hint of yellow in the rug bring it all together.

image source: This Old House

Now here’s a truly budget-wise look from Better Homes and Gardens. Instead of an actual clock, how about a DIY decal? Dimensions here are key. The magazine emphasizes choosing a graphic that isn’t too large or too small for the space.

image source: Better Homes and Gardens

Mantels are great places for eclectic displays that really show your personality and unique style. In this image from Country Living, alphabet letters are standouts among the other items. We’re guessing these might be the first name initials of the homeowners? Cottage chic is always one of our favorite styles!

image source: Country Living

We also love this simple, classic look from House Beautiful that features a handsomely framed mirror. Symmetry is key here for achieving balance. When placing additional, smaller items, designers recommend going with an odd number instead of an even one.

image source: House Beautiful

And there you have it - some mantel design inspiration! If you’re looking for decor to create your own unique look, be sure to browse one of our DownEast Home stores today. We have so many great accent pieces to choose from - and at our always great prices!


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