Mantel Decorating: Why Scale Matters

In case you’re losing sleep over what my mantel is looking like these days. . . . The Ballard Designs mirror that I ordered last month (while it was at a great price) is up.  I always felt like the black mirror wasn’t making much of a statement.  I’m so much happier with the way the new one fills the wall space (it’s right around 48” in diameter).
And, for a few minutes, I debated on painting it gold, but the natural finish is really starting to grow on me.  It seems more casual—like us. 
Speaking of what to hang above your mantel, I think the best rule of thumb is bigger is better and less is more.  In other words, don’t be afraid to hang one big piece to serve as a focal point above your fireplace.  And, when in doubt about accessorizing the mantel, I always think a few well-placed pieces is better than lots of smaller trinkets that can look too busy.
Need more decorating ideas? Take a look at How To Make Your Fireplace Stand Out, and Decorate Your Fireplace with Carter Oosterhouse.
Read more from Emily A. Clark here.
Photo Credit: Emily A. Clark

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