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10 Fireplace Mantel Decorating Ideas

If you own a home with a fireplace, it is a focal point of the room it’s in.  Decorating should be a pleasure and not a chore.

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No-Rules Fireplace Mantel Decorating

Nobody needs to be a creative genius to start decorating; you need to know what you like.  When you are adorning your fireplace mantel, there is one rule that must be followed: Don’t have anything hanging down in front of the firebox.  Even if the material is plastic or non-flammable, caution is still recommended.

It doesn’t matter what the ‘decorating’ experts say you should do; after they leave, they don’t have to look at it.  Besides, it’s your house, not theirs. Suppose you want to put your child’s first-grade macaroni project on your mantel; that’s creative brilliance.  If someone doesn’t like it, show them the door.

Considerations When Decorating Your Mantel

There are two considerations when adorning your mantel, style and budget. The following are suggestions for your mantel:

Do you want every room in your house to look the same?  If your home looks like the Serengeti Plain or a 1920s Chicago Speakeasy, the mantel of your fireplace should reflect that environment.  A large picture of African wildlife, woven baskets, or dried plants in clay urns.  For the Speakeasy, an array of posters picturing newspaper articles and wanted posters, get some old whiskey bottles and put ostrich feathers in them.  If you have a houseful of these décors, digging something up shouldn’t be difficult.

Watches or Clocks

There’s no shortage of wall clocks, large & small. A Large clock can go over the mantel and an array of small clocks on the mantel itself.

Family Portraits

Most families can go hog wild in this category.  Have family portraits taken by a professional photographer. Have a large one centered over the mantel.  Place smaller pictures of individuals in unique frames on the mantel itself.

Hobbies You Enjoy

Is there a hobby everyone enjoys?  The sky is the limit for this one.  Hiking, Sailing, Travel, or Bicycling, there are so many ideas.  Check the internet; there is a décor for everyone and everything.

Where You Live

Do you live in an area of the country that is famous for something?  Near the beach, that’s easy.  Shells, sailors, and the sea are good places to start.  Do you live in a farming area?  Old pots and pans, landscapes of farm country, and an old butter churn if you can find one.

Favorite Sports Team

You can find a slew of memorabilia on eBay, Etsy, or anywhere on the internet.  Ball caps and football helmets are good conversation starters.

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Limited Funds

Here are some suggestions for homeowners with limited funds.  Start looking around your house; you would be surprised what you have forgotten about in the attic.  Hit yard sales or the Goodwill store; it is mind-boggling to see what people get don’t want anymore.

Favorite Color

Going monochromatic is always easy on the eyes.  If you can’t find the color you are looking for, head to the arts and crafts store and grab a brush and a variety of hues in the same color family.  Start painting anything that suits your fancy.

Different Seasons

Change the mantel with the seasons.  Spring flowers, Patriotic colors for summer, fall colors are beautiful for the fireplace.  When the holidays roll around, decorate the tree and the fireplace mantel.

What you put on the mantel is limited only by your imagination. If you and your family like it, then it’s right for your home. Our company, Felgemacher Fireplace Shop, has expertise in building, repairing, cleaning, and servicing your fireplace.  We aren’t experts in décor but, we can keep your chimney safe and in good working order.  Please call us.

Felgemacher Fireplace Shop
A division of Felgemacher Masonry

2727 Broadway, Ste 5
Buffalo NY 14227
Tel. 716-482-1820
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