When I asked for blog ideas on Insta Stories last night SO many of you asked about mantle styling! So I decided to focus on just that today for my post. I find mantle styling to be something that just innately comes to me and not something I always plan out. Sometimes it takes a little trial and error and moving things around and living with them for a bit. But I do have a few tips and tricks!
A little preview shot of my mantle from my next book – photo by Michael J. Lee
A few rules of thumb:
I like odd numbers when it comes to mantle styling, unless doing a perfectly symmetrical look like a pair of topiaries or sconces.
LAYER- especially when using a mirror above the mantle. Leaning smaller works in front of a mirror is such a rich, curated look that never has failed me.
If you have a big mirror elsewhere in the room, use art above the mantle. And vice versa.
I like asymmetrical looks of height on one side and lower objects on the other most times.
If you have to hang your TV above the mantle stick to something simple that doesn’t block the view. Either a pair of tall skinny items flanking the TV or a row of low smaller items underneath the TV.
Here I styled some various mantles in a way that I would in real life, to help you visualize the possibilities within your own space: