Mantel Styling Tricks
I’m in upstate New York on a trip with Target and I’ll be back here in 3 days for a HGTV speaking engagement so I’m busy and was like What are we going to post tomorrow??? We could post my bedroom today (then I thought, no, that is a Monday post for sure) or my bathroom (which will come later next week), and we definitely can’t do any roundups since we already did one this week (thanks for all the support on that one BTW). I also have a big post about breastfeeding in public which I’m too chicken to push publish on although it has been written for months (what are your thoughts on that?!) But, after some scrolling I DID find this in the drafts which I had forgotten about and thought was super fun. It’s a styled out mantel that we shot for the book at the home of SchoolHouse Electric founder Brian Faherty. (It’s an INSANE home, by the way, in all the right ways). So let’s do a little before and after, shall we?
Now, let’s take it step by step on how we got here and chat about what makes it work.
1. Start with something large to ground the mantle. In our case we chose a vintage map. It not only filled the space but was our jumping off point for our color palette for the mantle. Which brings me to my next point.
2. Stick to a consistent color palette. People constantly ask me what the number one design mistake is, and 9 times out of 10 your room may not be working because you have not stuck to a consistent color palette. We have a big post coming up on this soon, but my number one piece of advice for any room is to pick a color palette and stick to it. Buy within that palette and it will allow you to work new pieces in without your space feeling too hodge-podge or disjointed. In this case the map set the color palette for us which consisted of; blues, greens, and muted reds.
3. Once you have your color palette you are ready to start playing with accessories. My rule of thumb for mantels is to create a hierarchy of spaces. In our case we had 4 different levels which allows the eye to easily move around the vignette. The map makes up the highest point, then the stack of books which is just to the left of the map makes up the second, the third is made with the collection of candlesticks and the 4th is the long basket. By creating different heights it not only creates interest, but allows you to create collections in the space without it feeling too full or cluttered.
4. Last but not least, add something organic to help it feel personal and break up the structure. The little clipping of ivy did just that in our case.
Did I lose you, or has my Friday morning message with a few quick tips on how to pull together your mantel inspired you to get out there and finally create that mantel that your space has been begging for?
What other areas are you running into style paralysis with? Let us know below, and we just might break it down for you on the blog; in the meantime, if you are craving more styling tips and tricks grab a copy of STYLED which I am very proud to say is in it’s 7th printing! TGIF folks.