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interiors & styling: 6 Ways to Style a Fireplace Mantle

Here we are… a couple weeks after the holiday season and I’m sure many of you are wondering how to style your mantle or fireplace now that the garland has been packed away. I always love a post holiday refresh when it comes to decorating! Rather than putting everything back exactly as it was before Christmas, I take the opportunity to try new things and decorate in a fresh way for the year ahead. Hopefully this post provides some good inspiration if you’re pondering your mantle or fireplace! Click through for 6 ways to style a fireplace mantle…

Whether you’re just looking for styling inspiration or want to replicate a look exactly, I’m hoping this will provide some interesting options, at the very least! Everything in each vignette is shoppable… click the image directly or use the links below each collage to find the source.

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GLAM

01: portal wall mirror // 02: brass wall sconce // 03: ornate fireplace surround // 04: black pedestal bowl // 05: linen parsons chair

This very well might be the direction I’ll head when it comes time to renovate the fireplace in our home! We’ve had a brick fireplace, and a marble / wood option, but now I’m ready for something a little more traditional and elegant. Isn’t the above option stunning? I might also have to grab a couple of those parson chairs for my office, since they’re on sale right now. Don’t even get me started on the portal mirror- I absolutely love that.


MINIMAL

01: large round wall mirror // 02: faux olive tree // 03: industrial fireplace surround // 04: gas fireballs // 05: black planter

Next up is the minimal fireplace. You can’t go wrong installing a simple mirror above the mantle for a fuss-free, easy look. I think olive trees are going to be the new fiddle leaf fig in 2019, so I popped one into this industrial vignette to add some life and greenery. If there’s one thing I love in making an interior feel more cheerful in the winter, it’s plants!


COOL

01: eugene artwork // 02: modern tripod floor lamp // 03: faux potted succulent // 04: bust statue // 05: fireplace surround and mantle // 06: vintage rug

If you’re not into the idea of using a single, heavier weighted object (like giant art or a large scale mirror) to balance a fireplace, try using lots of smaller decor and accessories. I like to think of mantle styling like a landscape… consider height differences, texture, material, and create an interesting horizon line above the fireplace. This cool option is one of my favorites from the post- then again, you know I’m a sucker for a vintage rug.


MODERN

01: modern blue artwork // 02: brass sconce // 03: stone fireplace surround // 04: fireplace screen // 05: modern planter // 06: leather ottoman

This modern vignette is really charming! I love a simple, cast limestone fireplace surround… especially with a textural screen placed in front for optimal functionality. Again, I’m feeling large scale artwork in my favorite blue hue. Ha! I just can’t seem to shake those two things. Have I ever mentioned how much I adore an ottoman in front of a fireplace? They’re so practical and I think they’re one of the best cozy seats in the house! I use mine all the time.


CHIC

01: ceiling medallion // 02: mid century chandelier // 03: cats wall art // 04: calacatta marble fireplace surround

Next we have the chic option… if the clustered candles look familiar- it’s because they’re from our Ohio fireplace! Even if you don’t have a functioning fireplace, don’t let that stop you from making it cozy and putting it to good use. I will never be over a fire niche filled to the brim with candles- the more you shove in there, the better. The marble surround is so perfect for the luxe ceiling medallion and modern chandelier. If I ever design a loft in the city, I’d want to copy this entire situation!


COASTAL

01: brass picture light // 02: blue artwork // 03: faux palm leaf // 04: pedestal bowl // 05: cast fireplace surround // 06: baskets

Lastly, let’s chat about the coastal option. If you’ve been following for awhile, you already know my ultimate dream is to design a beach house or cottage. This all-white fireplace with a herringbone interior is about as good as it gets. Sometimes the most simple vignettes are the most well-designed.

Be sure to check out other posts in the “6 Ways to Style” series! They take a ton of time for me to curate, but I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoy putting them together. They’re very fun and I hope my “virtual styling sessions” are equally as helpful for you guys. I’ll link some more below…

So, which one was your favorite? I’d love to hear in the comments below! I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start.

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