What Should I Hang Over my Fireplace?

When it comes to decorating, one of the most important decisions you will make is what to hang above your fireplace. There are so many options it can be difficult to chose just one! Fireplaces are often the focal points of the rooms they reside in and this includes the space above them. It’s important to choose something that compliments your living space décor, is the right size and reflects your personality, it’s your home after all! In this article we look at some of the most popular ideas for fireplace décor to help inspire you.

MIRRORS

Hanging a large mirror above your fireplace is a classic way to decorate your mantel. Not only do mirrors add a touch of glamour, but they also create the illusion of a more open space. A traditional rectangular mirror in an ornate frame conveys luxury and elegance while a circular mirror with a minimal frame makes a more contemporary statement. Decide what works with your style and then supplement your mirror of choice with complementary items such as candles and vases.

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ART

You don’t need to be a fine art connoisseur to feature art you love in your home. Quirky phrases, abstract canvases and street art on skateboards will all work if you want them too!

Believe it or not it is perfectly safe to hang framed prints or art work above a fireplace. A solid mantel will do most of the protecting and the frame will do the rest. You may decide to use seasonal pictures when your fireplace is not being used but if you opt for an art piece that will be on permanent display try to hang it four to twelve inches above your mantel if space permits. Hanging them at around eye level, approximately 5 feet 6 inches from the ground will work best. The guideline for galleries is to place them at 60 inches from the floor to the centre of the painting.

Along with mirrors, if you decide to hang a large piece of art above your fireplace, its dimensions should fall between the width of the fireplace opening and the width of the mantel. Artwork above a fireplace tends to look best when the width f the artwork is larger than the opening of the fireplace but smaller than the overall width of the mantel.

FAMILY PHOTOS

Your fireplace is the focal point for gatherings with family and friends, so it makes sense to display memories of those dearest to you. Family portraits or candid photos can be easily framed and hung above your mantel for all to see. Another method is having your pictures rest on the mantel, leaning against your fireplace. You can layer staggered photos this way to add some depth to your decor and include even more cherished moments in your display.

TELEVISION

For some, a TV over the fireplace may seem more practical than style-conscious, but when done right, a television can be a sleek and functional addition. You’ll also want to make sure your television is the right size. Your screen should be at least partially framed by the fireplace backsplash, but not dwarfed by it. Consolidate cords as much as possible for a clean look that will allow you to place a few accompanying decor accents on your mantel alternatively look at installing a media wall to house your fire and TV.

CLOCKS

A decorative wall clock makes a stylish and practical centrepiece for above your fireplace mantel. It’s always useful to have a clock in your main room, and decorative clocks are typically oversized, making it easier to tell the time from any angle or distance. They also come in a variety of decor styles, so you can browse a host of different materials and faces until you find the perfect one for your living space.

WREATHS

Not just for Christmas! Bring a touch of the outdoors inside with a decorative wreath. You can find an array of year-round wreath options online or get creative and make your own as a fun DIY project. Wreaths can be made from natural materials such as flexible twigs, olive branches, or lavender, or from manmade craft supplies such as twine or tulle. Dried flower wreaths on dark painted walls can make a beautiful statement piece. Centre your wreath over your fireplace for maximum effect.

CHALKBOARDS

The distressed surface of a chalkboard is the perfect complement to a loft styled or cottagecore fireplace. It’s also a reusable surface that you can fill with cute sketches, the family motto, or your favourite quotes it’s also great for birthday messages or seasonal greetings! A chalkboard can be hung above the mantel or rest on top of it depending on size, keep in mind you will most likely be updating it fairly regularly so it needs to be hassle free to take down and pop back up.

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