Easy Fireplace Mantel Decor Ideas I Love

For years my fireplace mantel decor was nothing more than a jumble of family photos.  While I enjoy photos on the mantel I’m really excited to try something a little different. Sorry Uncle Buck.

So what will I use to replace those photos?  

Some of the things I love are glass vases that hold candles, large candle sticks that vary in height, candle lamps can be really pretty, wreaths, and rustic signs add so much character.  I’m also looking for decor pieces that draw your eye in when entering the room.

So how do you get started?

There’s so much to learn even with the simplest home decor tasks, and decorating your fireplace mantel is no different. For starters just placing pieces on the mantel isn’t going to give you much eye appeal.  It’s important that the pieces you use are balanced for a streamlined look.  In other words proper placement is important. You also don’t want to overdo it.  Never load down your mantel so that it’s bursting with stuff, which only creates a disorderly look.  Keep a simple approach.  Too many objects will give you a cluttered look.

Secondly, you want visual balance. A visual balance starts with the center point of your mantel, so your goal is to balance your pieces on either side of your center point. Without this balance your design won’t have the eye appeal you’re looking for.

And finally, decorate with what you love. That is, use pieces that appeal to you and blend well with your home decor. It’s all about having fun and using your own creative insights to design a mantle that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Don’t let all the options and ideas overwhelm you.  Often times the simplest ideas are what look the best.

Left to my own devices I’m not the most creative person so I find using examples extremely helpful. Below are mantel examples that fit my idea of practical, cost effective and look easy to do.  Perhaps they’ll help you generate some ideas of your own.

Leave a comment below if you have a favorite 🙂

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Within the next few months I’ll be changing my fireplace mantel decor from photos to something a bit more decorative. Stay tuned for my before and after pictures.  Your advice and ideas are always welcome.