WRITTEN BY COLLEEN PAUSLEY
OF LIFE ON KAYDEROSS CREEK
1. DETERMINE YOUR COLOR STORY
Stick to only 2-3 colors. Too many colors can make it look busy. I like to have an inspiration piece for my colors such as a piece of art or fabric. Also keep in mind the colors in the room. For this Fall mantel, I chose cream, burnt orange and brown.
2. PLACE YOUR "ANCHOR PIECE"
Whether you like a symmetrical or asymmetrical look, start by placing the largest or anchor piece on the mantel first. This is what grounds the space and what you will build everything else around. This can be a large piece of art, a mirror, basket, or wreath to name a few things. I also like to use architectural pieces and wood elements. To keep it proportional, it should be no larger than two thirds the width of the mantel. My anchor piece is the mirror.
3. PLACE YOUR SIDE OR MIDDLE WEIGHT PIECES
These will be smaller/shorter than the anchor piece and go on either side. This will help create the “triangle” that draws the eye around. It doesn’t have to be the same thing but roughly the same size. If you have the anchor piece to one side, you may not need as many small pieces or filler pieces to balance everything out. My favorite way to do this is with art which also helps determine your color story. This is what is pulling all the colors together.
4. PLACE YOUR SMALLER PIECES IN BETWEEN
The smaller pieces will fill in some of the space in between the end pieces and the anchor piece. Vintage and Antique books are my favorite thing to add along with candlestick holders and faux flowers or greenery.
5. VARY HEIGHT AND TEXTURE
I also love to use books for height, color, and texture.
6. USE LAYERS TO ADD DEPTH AND INTEREST
Place items in front of each other as well as vertically.
7. DON'T FORGET THE HEARTH
Remember, this is just a guide to help you build out the basics. Whether it’s colorful or monochromatic, simple, or full of layers, there really are no rules. What matters is that you LOVE it!
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