Here we are… a couple weeks after the holiday season and I’m sure many of you are wondering how to style your mantle or fireplace now that the garland has been packed away. I always love a post holiday refresh when it comes to decorating! Rather than putting everything back exactly as it was before Christmas, I take the opportunity to try new things and decorate in a fresh way for the year ahead. Hopefully this post provides some good inspiration if you’re pondering your mantle or fireplace! Click through for 6 ways to style a fireplace mantle…
Whether you’re just looking for styling inspiration or want to replicate a look exactly, I’m hoping this will provide some interesting options, at the very least! Everything in each vignette is shoppable… click the image directly or use the links below each collage to find the source.
01: portal wall mirror // 02: brass wall sconce // 03: ornate fireplace surround // 04: black pedestal bowl // 05: linen parsons chair
This very well might be the direction I’ll head when it comes time to renovate the fireplace in our home! We’ve had a brick fireplace, and a marble / wood option, but now I’m ready for something a little more traditional and elegant. Isn’t the above option stunning? I might also have to grab a couple of those parson chairs for my office, since they’re on sale right now. Don’t even get me started on the portal mirror- I absolutely love that.
01: large round wall mirror // 02: faux olive tree // 03: industrial fireplace surround // 04: gas fireballs // 05: black planter
Next up is the minimal fireplace. You can’t go wrong installing a simple mirror above the mantle for a fuss-free, easy look. I think olive trees are going to be the new fiddle leaf fig in 2019, so I popped one into this industrial vignette to add some life and greenery. If there’s one thing I love in making an interior feel more cheerful in the winter, it’s plants!
01: eugene artwork // 02: modern tripod floor lamp // 03: faux potted succulent // 04: bust statue // 05: fireplace surround and mantle // 06: vintage rug
If you’re not into the idea of using a single, heavier weighted object (like giant art or a large scale mirror) to balance a fireplace, try using lots of smaller decor and accessories. I like to think of mantle styling like a landscape… consider height differences, texture, material, and create an interesting horizon line above the fireplace. This cool option is one of my favorites from the post- then again, you know I’m a sucker for a vintage rug.
01: modern blue artwork // 02: brass sconce // 03: stone fireplace surround // 04: fireplace screen // 05: modern planter // 06: leather ottoman
This modern vignette is really charming! I love a simple, cast limestone fireplace surround… especially with a textural screen placed in front for optimal functionality. Again, I’m feeling large scale artwork in my favorite blue hue. Ha! I just can’t seem to shake those two things. Have I ever mentioned how much I adore an ottoman in front of a fireplace? They’re so practical and I think they’re one of the best cozy seats in the house! I use mine all the time.
01: ceiling medallion // 02: mid century chandelier // 03: cats wall art // 04: calacatta marble fireplace surround
Next we have the chic option… if the clustered candles look familiar- it’s because they’re from our Ohio fireplace! Even if you don’t have a functioning fireplace, don’t let that stop you from making it cozy and putting it to good use. I will never be over a fire niche filled to the brim with candles- the more you shove in there, the better. The marble surround is so perfect for the luxe ceiling medallion and modern chandelier. If I ever design a loft in the city, I’d want to copy this entire situation!
01: brass picture light // 02: blue artwork // 03: faux palm leaf // 04: pedestal bowl // 05: cast fireplace surround // 06: baskets
Lastly, let’s chat about the coastal option. If you’ve been following for awhile, you already know my ultimate dream is to design a beach house or cottage. This all-white fireplace with a herringbone interior is about as good as it gets. Sometimes the most simple vignettes are the most well-designed.
Be sure to check out other posts in the “6 Ways to Style” series! They take a ton of time for me to curate, but I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoy putting them together. They’re very fun and I hope my “virtual styling sessions” are equally as helpful for you guys. I’ll link some more below…
- 6 ways to style a bench
- 6 ways to style your nightstand
- 6 ways to style an entryway console
- 6 ways to style your front door
So, which one was your favorite? I’d love to hear in the comments below! I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start.
PeggiJanuary 14, 2019 at 4:49 am
Color me shocked that you can purchase all of these amazing mantles online?! I have a hideous cement-colored stone/brick fireplace that is so out of scale it has made me hate all fireplaces. That being said, I am drawn to a combination of the cool and chic. I like the simpler mantle with the cat art and Serge Mouille chandelier…plus my real cat perched there for extra cuteness and authenticity. Happy Monday!
SarahJanuary 14, 2019 at 8:35 am
I know!! I didn’t even realize there were so many good online options… I think that’s what we’ll do when the time comes to makeover our living room fireplace. Our fireplace is also oversized and the scale isn’t right either, so I feel your pain. Hope you have a great week Peggi! xo
Kaitlin JenkinsJanuary 14, 2019 at 8:30 am
Very cute round up! I love the leather ottoman you styled in one of the options….the price point on that particular ottoman is a far cry from my actual budget….do you have suggestions on where to look for something similar but more affordable? Or even Moroccan leather poufs that are at a more achievable price point?
Would love your tips/suggestions! My favorite mantle is the last photo- your actual home – it looks great!
SarahJanuary 14, 2019 at 8:38 am
Thanks Kaitlin! How about this option or this option…. both are similar and are priced a lot lower :) Even better? They both offer storage! Hope this helps. xox
Kaitlin JenkinsJanuary 14, 2019 at 8:42 am
You’re the best! SEE- this is why I asked you :) Thanks very much for commenting back!
SarahJanuary 14, 2019 at 11:28 am
Aww happy to help!! :)
Brianna ThomasJanuary 15, 2019 at 3:54 pm
These are all amazing options. I 100% agree that olives trees are the new fiddle leaf fig. I’ve been on the hunt for a great faux and will definitely be checking out your recommendation :)
I ADORE the Cool option and I was thisclose to getting that print for my library. I just love the juxtaposition of the austere with the irreverent.
I also had no idea you could just buy a mantle online (no idea why this shocks me but here we are, ha). Would you ever consider doing a “best of” online mantle round-up?
SarahJanuary 15, 2019 at 4:07 pm
Yay!! So happy you liked this one Brianna. I know- that seems to be the overall verdict… most people didn’t realize you can buy mantles and an entire fireplace surround online- it’s pretty cool! I’ll add mantle roundup to the calendar and see if I can come up with some good options. xox
Laura HillJanuary 27, 2019 at 12:33 pm
I love your 6 Ways to Style Series! Please do a 6 Ways to style a coffee table next. I have a round glass coffee table and I never know how to style it. :)
SarahJanuary 28, 2019 at 9:44 am
Thanks Laura!! Great idea- I’ll add coffee table to the list :) xo
Laura HillJanuary 28, 2019 at 5:29 pm