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7 Ways to Design Your Fireplace Mantle


7 Ways to Design Your Fireplace Mantle

Everybody loves a beautiful fireplace, and it usually becomes the focal point of the home. Here are a few tips on how to decorate it.

Add Lighting

Adding small sophisticated lamps or some elegant candlesticks to your mantelpiece can give it an air of finesse.  Depending on the look you are after, you can find candlesticks that are made out of glass, platinum, and even wood.

Say it With Art

Art speaks and by adding art to your mantelpiece you are expressing yourself. The great thing about artwork is that you can find it everywhere. Custom order a piece or visit any home décor store such as Home Goods, Pier 1, and many others. Or if you dabble in a bit of painting yourself, paint something and hang it; don’t be shy!

Go Fresh

If you love things that are fresh, then a beautifully arranged bouquet of flowers or some indoor plants might be the ticket. For some great ideas on how to make a floral arrangement yourself, visit Pinterest for some inspiration. Bamboo Plants are lovely and easily found—they are also said to bring luck and fortune. Who wouldn’t want an extra helping hand?


Mirrors can make your room look bigger, so don’t be afraid to go large. You can do so many things with mirrors; place it directly on the mantelpiece or hang it from the wall. There are so many shapes, sizes, and designs to choose from. Also, if you believe in Feng Shui, it is believed that a mirror above a fireplace brings good energy.

Go with Layers

Adding different shapes and sizes on your mantelpiece gives it character and if done well, looks pretty. When you are layering, make sure that you have one focal point—this could be a mirror or a large piece of artwork in the middle of the mantelpiece. Then chose objects of similar size to place on both sides of the mirror. After you’ve organized these key pieces, you can add smaller objects along the mantelpiece. Move things around until you are happy with the effect, and don’t be afraid to experiment.


A fire is a sign of warmth and coziness, so why not add photographs of your family above the fireplace mantelpiece to emphasize that warmth? You can place beautiful canvasses of your loved ones or make a collage yourself using your favorite photos. You can also add a customized sign on your wall with your family’s surname or initial and surround it with photos.

Show off Your Collections

Are you a collector of dishes or small figurines? The fireplace mantel is a great place to add them and exhibit your hobby. Show off the pieces that you have collected throughout the years—it’s time to put on display all of your hard work!

If you don’t have a fireplace or looking to upgrade what you currently have, don’t hesitate to contact Aqua Rec. There’s no job too big or small and we love helping your house feel like a home.