The fireplace is one of the most interesting areas to work on in a house. I think the reason is that it is usually the focal point of a room, and it makes a dramatic statement, especially when it’s lit. Living in a cold climate, it evokes feelings of warm and cozy evenings, sitting around the fire with friends, drinking big glasses of wine while it’s snowing outside.
There are so many different ways to style the mantel, so I wanted to break down some of the key elements that can create a stunning focal point and will encourage your friends to come over and drink big glasses of wine with you.
The mill work on this mantel gives it a sophisticated look, and we styled it with layers of both modern and vintage art. The plant breathes life into the space and the black lamp contributes a cool, modern touch.
This approach will not work for all mantels, it just depends on your space. Here’s a couple layered art concepts that look totally different, with a more vintage vibe.
In these examples, round mirrors add visual interest by balancing the square shape of the fireplace.
I love the antique accessories with crisp white here.
Via Damsel in Dior
Interesting wood work and the reflection of the books in the mirror is very cool.
A large mirror is the perfect choice for these spaces.
This one is reflecting the art work on the other side!
This mirror allows the chandelier to take center stage.
Via House Beautiful
The 2 sconces and the art off to one side make this a very interesting space.
With these fireplaces, a large work of art adds a dramatic touch.
If you want to see more amazing fireplaces, follow along on our “Hearth” board on Pinterest!