styling a mantelpiece, combining great pieces

The photo above (from the Crate and Barrel website) inspires us. It’s so modern, yet soothing looking. Finding the right mix of pieces to decorate a mantelpiece, or any flat surface for that matter is an art. When it’s done well, it can change the entire feeling of a space. It can also let people know where your mind is at. We’re always changing ours, trying to include the right combination of different shapes, heights, and textures. We like to include fresh or dried flowers too. A mirror is essential. It helps draw light from all of the natural sources in the room, and gives the illusion of a larger space. We like to decorate with collectibles, but lately, we’ve been spotting so many great pieces in retail stores and catalogues online, we just had to share. Below are four very “get-able” pieces any one of which could be the beginning of something great. From left: Wisteria  petit Sunburst Mirror antique French style handcarved ($179), Crate and Barrel London large clear hurricane ($39.95) also comes in smaller size, Crate and Barrel Medium Circlet Stand ($59.95) also comes two other in sizes, Ballard Designs Suzanne Kasler Atelier 7 arm candelabra based on a 19th century antique ($199). A pair of these would be lovely, don’t you think?For you antique and tag sale lovers, here are a few simple treasures that would amp up any mantelpiece. From left: Spanish gilt metal round sunburst mirror circa 1900 ($79o)at Artisan and Antique Center, Stamford, CT. Grouping of four hurricane candlesticks with sterling silver stands ($385)at Connecticut Antique Center, Stamford, CT. Grouping of Eiffel Tower wood sculptures ($350- 500) at Circa Antiques, Westport, Ct. Pair of creamware cornicopias ($125) at Connecticut Antique Center.

Inspired? What does your mantelpiece look like? Send us photos!

  • Meg Mitchell

    Thanks for showing this lesson in your post. Mantles and coffee tables are the most difficult places to style. Need more help in this area.

  • simplygrove

    What a great post!! Mantel’s are so hard to style but oh so fun!!! xxoo

  • Danielle

    Thanks for the inspiration…I need it currently for my fireplace. I’ll send a pic when I finally fix it up of the before and after. So far the mantle is painted a lite wasibi green and the brick a warm lite cream and now on to the rest…

  • Linda Leyble

    Hi…great article and ideas for dressing up your mantelpiece. I am planning on doing a blogpost on this topic soon. I think that most people need some guidance on how to style their mantles – so many go unstyled (or badly styled) and so giving people some great pieces and visuals really help. Love your ideas!