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Getting started: Style a mantle

Not sure how to style a mantle? No worries!

I got you, girl!

Let’s look at how to style a mantle:

So, what are some good tips on setting up that empty space above your fireplace? If you’re like me, you are seeing gorgeous pictures of perfectly styled mantles all over the web. What’s their secret? How can we achieve the same-ish look? I’m going to show you just three easy steps on how to style a beautiful mantle.

If you notice the pictures that show these mantles you will also notice that it just flows nicely together. The items that these pictures display seem to go well together and compliment each other nicely. Let’s look at some good rules of thumb for styling your own mantle and achieving a beautiful look.

Step 1: Using a centerpiece

It doesn’t matter what your home decor style is in the long run. Whether you like farmhouse, boho, modern, or vintage you CAN use that personal style preference to make a gorgeous mantle space. My first step would be to decide on a centerpiece for that space. This might be the biggest item you want to put up or not but taking a piece and centering it can quickly get you started. After you put your centerpiece up let’s move on to the sides…

Farmhouse mantle. White old window with a wreath hanging on it and garland wrapping around the ledge.
sample picture of a living room with a mantle
Photo: Wendy Bentley
sample picture of a living room with a mantle
Credit: diybeautify.com

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Step 2: Adding height to the sides

You have your centerpiece up! Yay! Onward! Right now my mantle only has one centerpiece on it and nothing else as I have a small mantle space. You can definitely leave just that decor piece as is or if your mantle is big enough, add some height to the sides. What I mean by that would be to find an item that is taller and put that on one of the sides of your big centerpiece.

Use the other side to put something around the same height as the other side of the mantle to balance it out. Balancing out your mantle is key. You can use two of the same items on either side or you can use something like books to add more height to a shorter item by placing your decor piece on top to make it roughly as tall as the other side.

And Viola, you have a centerpiece and two balanced sides. It’s looking great! Here is an example photo down below.

sample picture of a living room with a mantle
sample picture of a living room with a mantle
Credit: shegaveitago.com

Step 3: Accessorize

Accessories are a girl’s best friend, or is that diamonds? Either way, you look at it you can leave the mantle as it is currently or add another piece or two in the center. Something like a cute box in front of your centerpiece looks simple but pretty, or maybe some small greenery. Below is a rough example of how I had my mantle last fall!

how to style a mantle
fall mantle with large clock
This awesome farmhouse mantle is from blessthisnestblog.com

Again, use your own style to put together your mantle using these tips, and have fun with it! Remember though that simple is better than cluttered. So simplicity is what you want to aim for. On a smaller mantle, you can use 4-5 items or less. But again, have fun with it and make it your own.

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I hope you are loving your newly styled mantle! Please feel free to email me a picture of your beautiful space so I can see it! (psst!) Also, don’t forget to check out how I styled my farmhouse basket wall, Have a fabulous day!

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