By Rachael Lynndover
Having a fireplace offers warmth and a feeling of coziness is any room. Don’t neglect that fireplace mantel; it is an ideal opportunity to express your family’s personality and taste. A fireplace in the living room is easily the focal point of the room, and all eyes go to this place immediately. Here are a few ways to decorate – without complicated or “fussy” materials – to get a stylish result that is perfect for your family.
#1. Add photos. The best way to add photos to the mantel is to choose several favorites and to put them in complimenting frames. They can be set next to each other, or on opposing sides of the mantel. Another option is for one large family photo above the fireplace mantel.
#2. An anniversary clock. This is one of the most classic timepieces you’ll find on top of many fireplaces. Whether in gold or silver, this clock is always stylish and elegant. If the anniversary clock does not suit your décor, consider another clock made from metal, wood or other natural materials.
#3. Vacation souvenirs. There are so many fun things you can do with vacation souvenirs. Whether it is seashells, knick-knacks or art created by regional artisans, adding something from your favorite vacation is an easy conversation starter. Everyone will admire this and will compliment it. You can talk about vacations and trips you would like to take.
#4. Artwork or awards your children have won. This is an ideal choice, especially if your children are young or are in their school years. Showing your children’s accomplishments lets them know how proud you are of them. Giving them a place of honor on the fireplace mantel ensures that anyone coming into your home will see them.
#5. Collectables. What fun it is to put collectables on your fireplace mantel! Whether you collect teacups, dolls or something else, this is one of the most perfect ways to show off your collection. Remember to keep your dolls on stands or otherwise protect your collection from falling off the mantel.
#6. Holiday decorations. Many people today love to decorate their mantel, not only for Christmas but for many of the other holidays today including Valentine’s Day, Halloween and 4th of July. You can purchase your own decorations or make them yourself. Start your Christmas mantel decoration by stringing Christmas cards on a red or green satin ribbon. Hole punch each card in the top corner and let them create a pretty decoration.
#7. Family heirlooms and mementos. One of my favorite mantels is a friend who has added many family heirlooms and mementos, it looks lovely. In a tiny wooden chair next to the fireplace sits a porcelain doll that her grandmother used to play with. The wooden chair was one that she used to sit in as a little girl. Metal cars and other toys sit on top the mantel, her husband’s toys when he was a little boy. It looks charming, old fashioned and something you wont see in every home.
#8. Saying or Quote. This has become especially popular with those who love crafts – adding quotes or sayings to different places in their homes. You now can buy stick-on letters to add to the walls or other places in your home, like the fireplace mantel. Whether you want to say something like “Home Sweet Home” or “Happy Holidays” it can be done with a saying or a quote.
#9. Catchall Dish. “Where are my keys?” is something that most family members say. You need a catchall dish in a handy place that everyone knows where it is. Keeping it on the mantel is an ideal choice because it is accessible to everyone. You’ll never lose your keys again!
#10. Cards and photos from loved ones. This is a very popular thing to keep on your fireplace mantel. Share the love and warmth from family and friends with the coziness of your living room. You can enjoy those photographs of a new baby, wedding or other happy celebrations.
Rachael is a freelance writer and author who enjoys spending tie outdoors and indoors. Visit the website http://www.fireplacemantels123.com/ or click here for more information about fireplace mantels and accessories.