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How to Dress Up a Fireplace Mantle

Updated April 17, 2017

The fireplace, or hearth, was once the centre of the house. Not only did it provide warmth for the house's occupants, it also heated their food. Family and guests would gather around the fireplace every day to soak up its heat and partake of the evening meal. Today, we no longer rely upon the fireplace for our daily needs, but it still maintains a central decorative role. Show off your fireplace by dressing it up with materials that match and accent your home's interior decor.

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  1. Cover the mantle with scrap fabric or lace. Let the fabric drape down the mantle for added drama. Sew tassels onto the fabric for an elegant touch.

  2. Place candlesticks on either side of the mantle or group three candlesticks together at one end. Place candles inside the candlesticks.

  3. Hang a large mirror above the mantle shelf or set it on the mantle and lean it against the wall.

  4. Set bookends in front of the mirror and place vintage books in between.

  5. Place small decorative items on the mantle, such as small alarm clocks, antique bottles and ceramics.

  6. Tip

    Hang a tapestry above the fireplace instead of a mirror, but keep the mantle shelf bare of fabric. Collect large quantities of specific items and group them together on the mantle. Go with a specific theme, such as modern, vintage, classic or natural.

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Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Tassels
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Candlesticks
  • Candles
  • Large mirror
  • Books
  • Bookends
  • Small decorative items

About the Author

Darci Pauser

Darci Pauser began writing in 2001. Her work has been featured in publications such as the "UC Berkeley Undergraduate Journal," Indybay and the West Texas Weekly. Pauser holds a certificate in sustainable agriculture from California's Green String Institute and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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