How to style a mantel

How to style a mantel for any season

Getting started

  • Gather all of the things you think you might want to use.
  • Make sure your items are varied in size
  • Start with a blank canvas, meaning you want to remove everything on your mantel.
  • Once everything is off your mantel… Dust it

Here comes the fun part…

  • Start with your base, this will be your biggest item/s that will anchor the look of your mantel. I used empty picture frames

Next add your medium items

  • Bottles, vases, little stools, signs and books are great choices here.

Add your florals

  • By adding florals as I have done, you are adding color and texture

OK we are almost done

  • Now lets add our small items to fill in some space and add character. Since this is a fall mantel I went with different textured pumpkins and a little candelabra.

Last Step

  • Stand back and look to see if it looks balanced and if it pleasing to your eye.
  • Take a picture and see if anything stands out. Sometimes we see things in photo we don’t see in person. If you see something that needs attention make the adjustments.
  • Finally take a picture and posted it on Instagram make sure you tag #eventanddecorconcepts

I hope you found how to style your mantel helpful.

Please comment with any questions you may have.

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  1. Melinda Sheets on October 22, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Love this!!! Thank you for the helpful tips!

    • Iolanda Gillins on October 23, 2020 at 3:33 pm

      Hi Melinda! Glad you found it useful, thanks for reading!

  2. Gayla Rockwell on October 22, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    Beautiful as always!

    • Iolanda Gillins on October 23, 2020 at 3:34 pm

      Thank You!! Thanks for reading!

  3. COURTNEY NALIVKA on October 23, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    You make it look so easy! I’m going to use your tips for my mantle for Christmas. Thanks for breaking it down step by step!

    • Iolanda Gillins on October 23, 2020 at 3:35 pm

      Thank you! good luck, I sure it will be beautiful! thanks for reading!

  4. izle on November 16, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    Hello. This article was extremely motivating, particularly since I was searching for thoughts on this subject last Wednesday.

    • Iolanda Gillins on November 17, 2020 at 1:00 am

      Yay! I’m so glad you found it helpful! Thanks for reading!

  5. Maissa on February 9, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    I’ve been trying to stage my fireplaces and these tips are so helpful. Thank you!

    • Iolanda Gillins on February 17, 2022 at 4:48 pm

      I’m so happy you found it helpful!

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