In small houses and apartments, the decoration options can feel very limited. One place where homeowners often overlook the opportunity to show off their personal style is the living room coat. While open bookshelves blur the line between storage and style, a mantelpiece is purely decorative and can be dedicated to your personal style. Styling your mantel seldom requires permanent or significant changes, so you can try unconventional combinations to get a new look. Follow our guide for a tasty makeover.
Think about the scaling
A successfully curated mantelpiece is made up of a combination of larger and small pieces. Like a gallery wall, start with the larger pieces and then add the smaller objects to increase the juxtaposition and fill in the space.
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Add in art
Whether you are stacking a larger piece on the wall above your mantelpiece or stacking a few smaller pieces together, adding art to your mantelpiece is a great way to show off your personal taste.
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Coats are a great way to experiment with light and vibrant color combinations. If your mantelpiece or wall is a neutral color, adding splashes of color can spice up your living room. Almost nothing you do to your mantelpiece is permanent. So try out unlikely combinations and see what sticks.
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Go for shifts
As in any other area of your home, a layered and structured approach is key to achieving balance. layer smaller freestanding objects versus larger, thinner objects.
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Paint your mantelpiece
And if you can’t find colorful objects on your mantelpiece, paint the mantelpiece yourself! For a muted look, go for a neutral color. Or choose a lighter color that goes with other pieces in your living room. Keep in mind that this is one of the few mantelpiece stylizations that can be difficult to adjust. So choose them wisely.
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Balance the natural with the modern
When it comes to styling your mantelpiece, it’s about getting a balanced contrast. Add some pieces that contain natural elements and contrast them with more modern sculptural items.
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Whether you want to balance or complement existing elements, adding candles to your mantelpiece can give your living room the spark of inspiration it needs.
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Turn your coat into a bookcase
When your mantelpiece is deep enough and you want to show off your book page, use your mantelpiece as a bookcase. Select some of the more colorful books from your collection so you can contrast them with the other objects on your mantelpiece. Just make sure your coveted Hemingway doesn’t fall into the chimney in the first edition.
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