8 Ways to Style a Mantel with Art

By Kate Riley March 30, 2017

My default decoration above a mantel is typically a shapely statement mirror, and I’ve hung one in my living room for some time. Over the years I’ve also styled a mantel with art (in winter, summer, and fall), and still I love the large scale vintage art that hangs above my family room fireplace.

Below are eight simple ideas for styling a mantel with artwork just in time for your spring sprucing.

1. Overlap artwork in varied sizes and frame finishes, surround with potted plants.


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2. Pair a large piece of black and white art with candlesticks and a vase filled with flowers or ferns.




3. Display one print asymmetrically, and balance it with a grouping of candlesticks (or vases) on the other side.


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4. Cluster vases and objects in varied shapes and place a piece of framed art in between.




5. Hang a large piece of art and layer a smaller piece in front. Fill in with decorative objects on both sides such as botanicals, books, and candlesticks.


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6. Group a trio of art in three different sizes, the larger two in the back, the smaller layered in between. Surround with decorative objects in pairs or sets of three.


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7. Partner matching frames with repeating decorative objects and tall blooming or leafy branches.


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8. Keep it simple and sophisticated with a large scale piece of art that fills the wall above the fireplace.


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Etsy is a favorite source for artwork, take a peek at these shops that feature abstract artwork, also these black and white favorites. Or if it’s greenery you love for your mantel, check out these leafy botanical prints.


Trendspotting: Thin Frame Round Mirrors

By Kate Riley March 28, 2017

The thin frame round mirror is the wall accent of the moment. It’s popping up everywhere in interiors, I even used one in a recent bathroom remodel and plan to do it again in the master bathroom. They work everywhere, not just in bathrooms but in bedrooms or community spaces too.

The best thing about a round mirror is that it adds a curved shape to spaces with angular lines, think furniture and walls, all those right angles deserve a rounder partner don’t they?  The thin frame has contemporary appeal and looks fab in a bronze finish and warm gold tones too.











If you’d like to add a curvaceous thin framed mirror to your home, here are a few I found around the web!


Under $250:


24” set of two with rope / 28” brass / 24” wood barrel30” rope and metal  / 22” black w/chain hanger / 34” gold

Large scale under $500:



43” gold / 48” rose gold/gold/bronze


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