My Top Ten Tips for Styling a Fireplace Mantel
Tip #1: Use real art, not a mirror, over the fireplace. This will provide depth and character.
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Tip #2: If you have a collection, pair it with complementary real art for a statement that is yours alone:
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Tip #4 Select art with a color palette that looks good with the rest of the room. This is a good place for a pop of color (that you should repeat three more times in the room.)
Tip #5 No dinky accessories. (These are nicely proportioned.)
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Tip #6 Handcrafted vases, antique vases, bronzes, antique tapestry hangings, are all good possibilities. Take a look around your house for others. Look for pieces with presence to accessorize.
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Tip #7 This is your main focal point in the room. Make it count.
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Tip #7 Use sconces.
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Tip #8 No framed family photographs. Find other accessories for a more current overall look.
Tip #9 Remember that you must balance the large dark hole of the firebox. Think deep and rich, not dainty, for the over mantel décor.
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(#9 Balance the dark hole of the firebox)