How to Mantelscape Like a Pro!

Say hello to our new favourite buzzword, mantelscaping, aka the art of styling your favourite home accessories on your mantelpiece.

The mantelpiece has never quite been in the spotlight quite as much as now. From the gorgeous, and often elaborate mantelscapes filling our Instagram feeds, to the most beautiful accessories and trinkets from our favourite local home retailers, we’ve all been inspired to take on this new trend.

SO, WHAT IS MANTELSCAPING?

Similar to ‘tablescaping’ (an interior styling focused on creating mesmerising table settings), mantelscaping is focused on artfully arranging decorations above your fireplace. Whether you’re a maximalist or minimalist, mantelscaping is all about curating a collection of your favourite items and showcasing them with thoughtful use of both texture and colour. From books, artwork, and vases, to planters, candles and trinkets, your mantelpiece is a place to express yourself and an area to refresh your living space from season to season, or even week to week.

NO FIREPLACE?

Fear not. Mantelscaping works just as well on a sideboard, shelf, or any area against a wall. Ideally, this should be in a central position in your living area, not tucked away in a corner, and well lit.

HOW TO CREATE A MANTELSCAPE.

Feeling intrigued and what to create an inspiring and balanced mantelscape? Follow these tops tips:

1. When starting to plan a mantelscape, choose accessories with a common colour thread or pattern to create a cohesive look, whether that’s through the use of tone or decoration.

2. Choose items with varying height, shape and texture to add interest.

3. Remember the ‘rule of three’ styling trick for displaying your treasure trove of favourite things – always group items in odd numbers to create an arrangement that is visually more aesthetic.

4. Pay close attention to height. One suggestion is to stack books on your fireplace mantel to elevate smaller trinkets, so they don’t get lost amongst taller accessories. Adding various sized posy vases with stems of dried flowers is also a great way to incorporate colour and height.

5. Think about depth. Try propping mirrors or prints behind trinkets and plants to vary the composition.

6. Like everything in your home, ensure your mantel is a reflection of your personal taste, whether that’s pared-back or quirky.

Once you’ve finished styling the mantel of your dreams, take a step back to assess the balance and ensure you’re happy with it. Remember, you can tweak it as often as you like and swap in flowers or accessories for a fresh new look.

ISN’T THIS JUST A CHRISTMAS THING?

Mantelscaping isn’t just a festive trend. Importantly, it doesn’t matter what season it is because mantelscaping works well all year round and is just as much for Easter, Christmas and birthdays as it is for the everyday. For example, spring and summer are ideal for colourful flowers or trailing plants, in autumn introduce candles and burnt orange accents, and for the festive season go all out with a garland and twinkling LED lights.

This is a small area to reflect your personality and embrace new trends without having to overhaul an entire décor scheme. The space offers an opportunity to inject new aesthetics into a room and prevent it from becoming tired and dated. It’s good to change things up now and then and mantelscaping is a great way to do this with ease and on a more regular basis.

When it comes to winter and you’re lucky enough to have a mantelpiece, you can make it the crowning glory of a room by adorning it with greenery entwined with winter flowers. Ideally, you would use fresh foliage such as fragrant spruce, conifer branches or eucalyptus, but faux foliage also looks striking when combined with twinkling fairy lights and berries. Dried orange and pinecones make wonderful additions to your mantelpiece marvel too adding scent and contrasting textures. Styling your mantelpiece for winter will make it the striking focal point of a room and draw the admiring eyes (and praise) of visitors and family alike.

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