I’ve had a couple of people ask me for advice on how to decorate a fireplace mantel so today I’m going to address this issue. I’ll keep it simple by touching on some basic concepts to remember when decorating a mantel, and then show some examples of these strategies in photos.

things to consider when decorating a mantel:


Obviously, the items displayed on your mantel should match the decor in your room, but don’t feel like they have to match perfectly. You can use objects in various shades of the colors in your room, and you can always add neutral colored items to give more depth.


While most people easily remember to consider color, many forget about texture. Look to add items of various textures to bring diversity and interest to your mantel. Find items like patterned vases and frames, fresh greenery, branches, pine cones, baskets, fabrics or candles to include in your arrangement.


Have you ever come across a photo in a magazine or on the internet of a room that you just fell in love with? If you’re anything like me you’ve found dozens of them. I’m guessing everyone reading this has found at least one. With sources like Pinterest, Instagram and Houzz it’s easy to spend hours drooling over gorgeous rooms that you wish you could replicate in your own home.

Well, this article is going to help you take the next step in making that dream room a reality in your home.

Trying to copy your ideal room can lead to frustration, confusion and disappointment. Some people try to replicate the photo exactly but still end up unhappy with the final results. Some people just barely begin to recreate their dream room before giving up because they realize they could never afford the same products in the photo. And some people simply don’t know where to start the process of turning a photo into reality.

The place where most people stumble is they never stop to ask themselves questions—and the right questions—about that photo. It’s important to figure out what exactly you love about that dream room and why. Then take the time to think through if you could actually replicate the same elements in your own home.

So with a magazine photo in your hand or a link on your computer, here are some questions to ask yourself about the room you’re drooling over…