Mantels are natural focal points. When you walk into a room that has a mantel, your eye is almost always drawn to it before anything else. So make sure your mantel looks its best with some great mantel decor. Here are 25 eye-catching examples to get your creative juices flowing.
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Modern Farmhouse Mantel Decor
Thanks to the popularity of HGTV's hit show Fixer Upper, Farmhouse style is hotter than ever. This relaxed and comfortable style is all about mixing natural materials with architectural salvage, and placing items on a bed of warm neutrals. In this case, rustic accessories, a little greenery and a vintage-style clock help a stone mantel get the look in a fresh and accessible way.
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Dramatic Mantel with Abstract Art and Fireplace Screen
Mantel decor isn't always about what's on top of the mantel. While the simple hurricane vases and large scale abstract art are a perfect compliment to the sophisticated, dark mantel, a striking fireplace screen is what really takes center stage in this room.
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Country Mantel by Sarah Richardson Design
Designer Sarah Richardson is known for her trademark style of livable elegance, and this simple country mantel is a perfect example. The seemingly effortless styling highlights but does't detract from the rich mahogany mantel. Everything is pretty, but not precious, and all the elements tie together to create a singular focal point.
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Traditional Mantel Decor from HGTV's Income Property
A painting over a mantel is a traditional, but still stylish look—especially when leaning against the wall rather than being hung up. And when there's three? Even better. The great thing about leaning items is that you can move them around and try different arrangements without any commitment.Continue to 5 of 23 below.
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Chic Mantel Display by Thom Filicia
Thom Filicia has a talent for designing chic spaces—chic spaces that are simple but always have a little unexpected flair. This mantel sums it up perfectly. The mantel decor is minimal, yet the form and function is striking. The antlers over the mantel contrast beautifully with all of the straight lines around them, and the large pieces of art on either side widen the focal point making it seem much wider than it really is.
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Sophisticated Mantel Styling by Designer Robert Brown
Anyone with a sophisticated decorating palette will appreciate this mantel decor from Robert Brown at the Southeastern Designer Showhouse. Building on an already neutral foundation, the display makes use of graphic black and white images and a grey vase with large scale (but light) floral display. A black framed mirror opens up the space, reflecting light and making the space appear larger. The result is pure elegance.
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Classic Mantel Styling
A touch of glam is exactly what was needed for this fireplace mantel inset with Carrara marble. An ornate Venetian mirror is the perfect topper to something so elegant and sophisticated. When paired with delicate flowers and a classic bust, it creates a look that is both feminine and classic.
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Shiplap Mantel Decor
This mantel shows how sometimes less is more, particularly when you have an architectural element such as shiplap above it. Shiplap is currently quite trendy, but it has classic roots and gives rooms a relaxed, coastal vibe. The sparse accessories reinforce the classic simplicity.Continue to 9 of 23 below.
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Chinoiserie Mantel by Mary McDonald
Chinoiserie wallpaper makes a bold statement in this mantel vignette by famed Los Angeles designer Mary McDonald. Decorative wall brackets play with the pattern adding some dimension, and fresh flowers enhance the botanical theme.
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Modern and Playful Mantel by Betsy Burnham Design
Who says you can't have fun with mantel decor? Certainly not interior designer Betsy Burnham. This living room features a focal point that looks deceptively simple but is teeming with color, style and texture. Each element of this mantel, from the screen, to the mantel itself, to the mirror, to the sconces, is totally different from the others, but together they work effortlessly.
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Symmetrical Mantel Display with Glam Accessories
The best way to decorate a mantel in a way that's guaranteed to be pleasing to the eye is to use symmetry. Create a display one one side and then create a mirror image of it on the other. The human eye instinctively craves balance, so symmetrical displays always look good.
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Country and Western Mantel Decor
Taxidermy or bone isn't for everyone, but for a traditional country and western theme it definitely does the trick (faux taxidermy works just as well!). Traditional western—or "cowboy"—style accessories dotting the mantel help to reinforce the theme.Continue to 13 of 23 below.
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Ornate Mantel and Mirror
An ornate mirror is the perfect compliment to an ornate mantel. While decorating rules often talk about contrasting the ornate with the simple, in this case the opposite has been done. The look works because the curved mantel is all white and has the effect of almost blending into the wall. The eye is drawn upwards to the mirror, which is nicely complimented by simple yellow floral arrangements.
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The Elements of Mantel Decor
When you have several items on a mantel it's a good idea to layer items in front of each other. Layering creates depth and that's important in every kind of vignette or display. Also make sure that the items connect to each other in some way—be it through color, material or theme.
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Dark and Dramatic Mantel
The combination of dark walls, a bold floral arrangement, and simple taper candles creates a sense of drama in this vignette. To recreate this look you don't have to go quite so dark with the walls. Find a moody color that evokes a sexy, elegant feeling—something that is matte with a chalky quality. The candles and flowers will do the rest.Continue to 17 of 23 below.
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Transitional Mantel Styling
Clean and classic decor perfectly accents this transitional mantel from ML Interior Design. Besides being expertly balanced and pleasing to the eye, each of the items has room to breathe. You never want so many items that your display looks crowded or cluttered. When too many items are forced together they get lost.
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Whimsical Mantel Decor
Whimsical items such as Chinese foo dogs, delicate bird figurines, and classic blue and white pottery combine beautifully to create an enchanting mantel display. The reason a robust display like this works is because the items connect with each other through their light and playful themes, not to mention the colors compliment each other. The large mirror and pair of sconces enhance the look with their gold finishes and light and airy motifs.
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Bright and Bold Mantel Decor
This mantel full of colorful accessories against a royal blue background dares you to sit up and take notice. When the wall color is so intense play off of it by accessorizing your mantel with complimentary colors and strong shapes. In this case the red pops right out, while the sunburst mirror is a great statement piece that grabs your attention and hold onto it.Continue to 21 of 23 below.
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Mantel Design from Jonathan Adler
Unique materials and unexpected art make for an eclectic mantel display from designer Jonathan Adler. Mixing eras takes a lot of confidence, but when done right the result can be spectacular.
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No-Frills Mantel Decor from Studio McGee
The architectural mouldings on the wall say classic, but the no-frills mantel decor says modern. This vignette from Studio McGee is a study in contrasts.
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Timeless Mantel Design by Roman and Williams
Edgy designers Roman and Williams are know for creating spaces that don't quite fit any era. This mantel is fairly traditional, but the large-scale mirror keeps it from looking fussy. And of course, the bold wall treatment and giant floral arrangement takes it another level. One that is bold, classic, and yes, timeless.