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Photography by SARA DEANE

The fireplace has traditionally been a place where people gather together. Telling stories. Toasting marshmallows. Warming up on a chilly winter’s night. What about that ledge that can handle a bunch of decorative things? Here are 22 unique ideas for dressing the mantel.  

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Photography by FRANCESCO LAGNESE

Punctuate a calm all-white scheme with pops of color in the form of small poinsettias. Sleek metal accents keep the look fresh and contemporary.

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Photography by MAX KIM-BEE

Mounted stag heads not quite your style? Soften up the look with a bouquet of flowers, stacked books, and a metallic decorative object for a more quirky-cute vibe.

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Photography by FRANCESCO LAGNESE

This off-white fireplace seamlessly blends into the walls, providing the illusion of a bigger room, while simultaneously serving as a resting place for artwork and baubles.

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Photography by DAVID BLACK (DAVID BLACK PHOTOGRAPHY)

The juxtaposition of the sleek black veined marble interior and white moldings anchors the neutral palette of the room. Symmetrically arranged lamps in white and gold add nonchalant polish. 

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Photography by MAX KIM-BEE

Play up the cozy vibes of the floral wallpaper and arrange a collection of sentimental photos and knickknacks on a floating shelf above the mantel.

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Photography by MIGUEL FLORES-VIANNA

Not enough space on your walls? Stagger artwork on the mantelpiece for that casual-yet-perfectly-arranged portrait wall look.

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Photography by ANNIE SCHLECHTER

 Add some black and white decorative pieces for a sophisticated play on neutrals. 

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Photography by ELIZABETH ZESCHIN

Mimic the clean but cozy lines of the room with a few sentimental images flanked by symmetrical candles in glass urns. 

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Photography by ELIZABETH ZESCHIN

A major piece of art is sometimes all a mantelpiece needs. Make the focus the painting by keeping the rest clutter-free.
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Photography by MELANIE ACEVEDO

Add some visual interest to a mantel with a draping floral arrangement in a brightly colored vase. 

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Photography by WILLIAM ABRANOWICZ

A well-arranged mantel creates something to talk about without overwhelming the room. 
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Photography by LUCAS ALLEN

Mantel space is perfect for displaying a few trinkets to tie together the color scheme. Hello, turquoise blue. 
Shop mirrors that work with your style. 

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Photography by PAUL COSTELLO

Let the bold prints and jungle touches speak for themselves. A simple mirror and flowers in the same color scheme are the perfect subtle extras.
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Photography by MIGUEL FLORES-VIANNA

Fake the appearance of a larger room with a tall mirror strategically placed above the fireplace.
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Photography by ANNA WOLF

Lucite candlesticks will give the illusion of floating lights, drawing the eye into the hypnotic circular mirror. 
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Photography by LAURA RESEN

Offset the cool granite fireplace with cheery paintings and charming arrangements of little animal figurines. 
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Photography by LAURA RESEN

Contrast the whimsical colored rabbits nesting below with a glamorous gilded mirror bordered by scrolling columns. 
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Photography by MATT ALBIANI

A curated collection of curios with silver accents perfectly complements the rustic chic scheme.

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Photography by PAUL COSTELLO

Color-coordinated ornaments enclosed in sleek glass domes make for eye-catching conversation starters. 

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Photography by PAUL COSTELLO

Pair greenery with candlesticks for an effortless way to add elegance to any room. 

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Photography by MELANIE ACEVEDO

Use a mantel to show eclectic knickknacks you’ve picked up along your world travels. 

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Photography by MARY ROZZI

Add personality to a dark and glamorous room with a large mirror framed by flowers and a stack of colorful books.