If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace you know that it makes an excellent focal point in a room. But people often forget about the mantel. A mantel creates the perfect opportunity for display. From books to photos and mirrors, the sky is the limit when it comes to mantel decoration.
No mantel? Don’t worry… you can create a mantel easily with a slab of wood, stone or tile. What this simple shelf can add is incredible, and gives you the occasion to add charming details to your home.
Here are three simple steps to spice up your mantel….
1. Layer Pieces
Having an eclectic mix of objects that are layered is an eye grabber. Incorporating books, small statues, pottery, plants and artwork are great ways to create that element of intrigue
2. Mirror, mirror on the wall
If you can avoid putting that flat screen over your mantel, a mirror is a wonderful way to reflect the room. Use an unusually shaped one for even more impact.
3. One dramatic piece
The mantel is an excellent place to display that one piece you love. Going simple with one piece is just as meaningful as layering.
Don’t leave those mantels bare! Instead use your mantel space, or create one, to make a design statement.
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After FINALLY getting around to putting all the holiday decorations away, I find myself longing to hang onto that cozy feeling surrounding that time of year. Is it possible to nest all year long? Absolutely! Having a cozy environment does not mean sacrificing style. In fact the rooms we feel most comfortable in, are usually the ones that have a relaxed, intimate feel.
Here are six easy tips to keeping some cozy in your life year round…
1. Wood, Wood, Wood!
What could be more natural and warm than wood? But wood does not have to mean a rustic camping lodge. Instead contrast your wood with a bright color to freshen it up.
Try not to have too many sleek surfaces in a room without adding some texture. The textural window shades in this kitchen prevent it from being too white and cold.
3. Stacked Books
There is nothing more interesting and informal than having stacks of books in your home. And people will be intrigued to see what you are reading!
Velvet is one of those amazing fabrics you have to be careful with. When used incorrectly it can seem stuffy and old fashioned. But paired with fresh and modern colors it creates a comfortable, chic space.
5. Animal Print
I use this tip with caution because I think animal print is often overdone. But paired with the right furniture and limited prints there is an exotic hunting lodge feel that cannot be denied.
6. The Homemade
Always find a way to have a homemade touch in the room. These vases filled with peonies add a personal touch to what could be otherwise a cold room.
Always find a way to keep a little cozy in your rooms year round. It nurtures the spirit and makes a happy house.