• How to decorate a mantelpiece

    by  • January 21, 2010 • Stylish living • 3 Comments

    Is anyone else in the same mantelpiece pickle as me? I had stuffed it full of Christmas lights, and of course the traditional painted wooden ‘NOEL’ letters, but now what? I’m left with a depressingly bare shelf and a shameful amount of dust!!

    Although, i’ve pretty much decided that i’m replacing my lights with cute flower designs, like these beauties from Graham & Green, i’ve been hunting for other ideas for a mantelpiece.

    roomenvy - because fairy lights are not just for Christmas

    roomenvy - because fairy lights are not just for Christmas

    If you want to make a statement out of your mantelpiece, place items symmetrical and add bursts of colour. This mantelpiece is a bit bold for me, but I think the bows are super-cute.

    roomenvy - classic and ornate mantelpiece

    roomenvy - classic and ornate mantelpiece

    I love how these funky vases match the walls perfectly. It makes the mantelpiece stand out but isn’t too garish.

    roomenvy - mix and match vase mantelpiece display

    roomenvy - mix and match vase mantelpiece display

    This is a great example of a summery mantelpiece (because a wood-burning stove all year round is just silly …. as much as I’m losing confidence that the hot weather will ever return!) Pick out a colour from your wallpaper and line the mantelpiece with matching blooms in glass vases.

    roomenvy - summer blooms mantelpiece

    roomenvy - summer blooms mantelpiece

    And finally, if a living room mantelpiece is just ‘sooooooooooooo last year’ – why not turn it into a bedroom headboard. Magical Martha Stewart will show you how!

    roomenvy - mantelpiece headboard bedroom

    roomenvy - mantelpiece headboard bedroom

    3 Responses to How to decorate a mantelpiece

    1. Jo
      January 21, 2010 at 2:28 pm

      Oh my goodness, I am constantly struggling with the mantlepiece! It generally holds an eclectic mix of items from pictures to button hearts (it’s a country cottage!) but it never seems quite right, why are they so hard to get right?! I love all the shaped vases the same colour as the wall though…

    2. Julia
      January 22, 2010 at 12:38 pm

      Jo I would have said simple and chic is the answer, but from the second image it’s obvious that less isn’t more. Maybe it’s a case of making sure everything is co-ordinated?

    3. January 27, 2010 at 1:44 pm

      the colors are simple and light. It’s nice to look at..

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