Make Mantel Accessories
Dressing your mantel with accessories can help transform your fireplace into the focal point of your room. While you can use framed photos, candles and other accessories from your favorite stores, you are not restricted to store-bought items. By letting the creative juices flow, you can make unique pieces that express your personal style. Let’s discuss some ways to accessorize your fireplace and mantel.
Accessorize with the Basics
Necessary accessories such as a fireplace tools kit can add character and style to your fireplace mantel area. When choosing a fireplace tool set, try to choose a style that matches not only the styling and décor of your fireplace mantel, but conveys the type of ambiance you want to create for the entire room. If you are going for a traditional or sophisticated look, consider a more elaborate designed iron or heavy-duty copper/tin alloy set. For a contemporary look choose a set with straight clean lines and high-sheen finishes.
Another common way to add character to your fireplace area is to add a decorative (and functional) fireplace screen or door. If you use your fireplace a lot, make sure to buy one that is easily opened and closed, avoiding those that are designed more for appearance than practicality.
Accessorize with Mementos and Keepsakes
Creating vignettes of favorite photos, awards or other valuable mementos personalizes the mantel, honoring your family and their accomplishments. Also, adding a distinctive piece of artwork like a painting, sculpture or pottery, can create a striking look, making the fireplace a more interesting place for people to gather.
Create Your Own Fireplace Accessories
If you really want to create a unique fireplace mantel area, consider making your own accessories. For example, if there is a large open space on the wall above your fireplace mantel, you might consider building an attractive shelf to display your prized photos, figurines and/or keepsakes.
When building a keepsake shelf, be sure not to build it too close to the fireplace mantel. Place the shelf about 24 to 36 inches above the fireplace mantel to clear the mantel and create a distinct focal point. Alternatively, you can even integrate a mirror into the back wall of the shelf to really draw attention to your important keepsakes and mementos.
Another simple project that will add a lot of character to your fireplace is a wood box. Building one is a simple carpentry project, and you can choose woods or stains to match your fireplace mantel. You could create an open-top box or one that has a hinged door that opens and closes. Not only are wood boxes attractive, they are very useful as well. Using a wood box will limit the number of times that you need to visit your outdoor woodshed. Moreover, they almost always make good conversation pieces.
There are many ways to accessorize and add more style and character to your fireplace mantel, and most of them are relatively inexpensive. You are only limited by your imagination, so let yourself go and be creative. In fact, make it a family project and get everyone involved. You will be surprised at the number of creative ideas that will emerge.