Fireplace mantel decor is one of the most popular aspects of interior design. The mantelpiece acts as a centerpiece of a room, and can be decorated in many different ways. As well as the numerous styles and materials of fireplace mantels that you can choose from, many people like to place personal ornaments on their mantelpiece – from prized family heirlooms to photographs of family members. It is true that the decorations chosen often have a strong family connection, and this is the case across many cultures the world over. This is related to the fireplace’s social importance as a source of warmth and comfort.
Common ideas for mantelpiece decorations can also include vases with flower arrangements, candlesticks and candles, unique glasses, mirrors, clocks (especially carriage clocks), small plants, trophies, and lamps. In recent years, with the arrival of LED and plasma screen televisions, some people choose to place their television on brackets on the wall above their mantelpiece. Mantelpieces are also convenient places to put books, novels, magazines, newspapers and comics that are currently being read by members of the household, as well as watches and reading glasses, which are otherwise often easily misplaced.
Fireplace mantel decor can also be seasonal, to reflect current festivities. Many families decorate their fireplace for Halloween with items such as jack-o-lanterns, fallen leaves, trick or treat candies and novelty dolls and ornaments. Also, at Christmas the mantelpiece is decorated with tinsel, lights and candles, and, of course, don’t forget the tradition of hanging your stocking on the mantelpiece on Christmas Eve!
For personal celebrations, such as birthdays and graduations, fireplaces are often decorated with many balloons, ribbons, streamers and banners. For all of these celebrations and more, greetings cards are also often displayed on or above the mantelpiece. Festive decorations can be placed in combination with your regular decorations, or instead you can take down your everyday decorations and ornaments and store them safely until the festive season or celebration is over.
Decorations do not need to be expensive when considering fireplace mantel decor. Instead, the focus is normally on family or friends, and, of course, creating attractive memories or conversation starters. Try not to make the mantelpiece over crowded, however, and also consider the fact that if there are too many things placed upon the mantelpiece, something could easily be knocked down and break, or end up in the fire itself.