Layer It On:
||Q. Can you share some tips on styling a mantle?
When I style a mantle, I think it's important to consider the aesthetic of the space. In both formal and informal settings the mantle acts as a key focal point. It's a defining moment in a room, and you shouldn't be afraid to make a statement. Whether hanging a favorite piece of artwork or displaying your collection of vintage silver trophies, use the mantlepiece as an opportunity to create a striking vignette.
Layering is an extremely effective way to add dimension and interest to your mantle. This can be achieved by placing various sized artwork or photographs in frames
, slightly overlapping each other, leaning against the wall. Add in small accessories
in varying heights to create the aforementioned dimension and keep the eye moving.
Showcase A Collection:
If you've amassed a collection of one type of decorative accessory, a mantlepiece is an excellent way to show it off. A series of ceramic bud vases
, burl wood boxes
, or vintage crystal candlesticks
create a striking visual composition when displayed together.
Make A Statement:
Another direction that takes a more minimalistic approach would be to display one statement wall accessory such as a vintage mirror
or unconventional piece of artwork
. Wall sconces
placed on either side help frame and highlight the importance of the space and will create a stunning vignette. Keep the rest of the mantlepiece accessory and clutter-free to keep the focus on your statement piece.
Have you created a striking mantle display? Show us on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #OurDomaine.
Photograph: Mark D Sikes.