8 Ways to Style a Mantel with Art

My default decoration above a mantel is typically a shapely statement mirror, and I’ve hung one in my living room for some time. Over the years I’ve also styled a mantel with art (in winter, summer, and fall), and still I love the large scale vintage art that hangs above my family room fireplace.

Below are eight simple ideas for styling a mantel with artwork just in time for your spring sprucing.

1. Overlap artwork in varied sizes and frame finishes, surround with potted plants.

2. Pair a large piece of black and white art with candlesticks and a vase filled with flowers or ferns.


3. Display one print asymmetrically, and balance it with a grouping of candlesticks (or vases) on the other side.

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4. Cluster vases and objects in varied shapes and place a piece of framed art in between.


5. Hang a large piece of art and layer a smaller piece in front. Fill in with decorative objects on both sides such as botanicals, books, and candlesticks.

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6. Group a trio of art in three different sizes, the larger two in the back, the smaller layered in between. Surround with decorative objects in pairs or sets of three.

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7. Partner matching frames with repeating decorative objects and tall blooming or leafy branches.

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8. Keep it simple and sophisticated with a large scale piece of art that fills the wall above the fireplace.

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Etsy is a favorite source for artwork, take a peek at these shops that feature abstract artwork, also these black and white favorites. Or if it’s greenery you love for your mantel, check out these leafy botanical prints.


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