I’m still in the process of deciding which direction to take with my mantel. Confession: I just recently had the chance to take down my christmas mantel decorations. This gave me the opportunity to start again for the new year. My mantel itself looks almost Jeffersonian, it has so much molding! Part of me wants to go with this look, and part of me wants to stray away from it with more modern inclinations.
Above (Look #1) is me going with it: a traditional take complete with silver candelabras and heavy on greenery.
Look #2: This is a cleaner look, with an impressionistic oil landscape hanging in the middle square and white ceramic ware surrounding it. I think it has a sort of contemporary French feel.
Look #3: My take on modern. An abstract painting sets the tone, with bright white ceramic perfume bottles taking center stage. The chartreuse hour glass mimics the green of the fern nicely.
Look #4: This is a more layered composition, so let’s call it eclectically styled. An acrylic framed David Hockney drawing provides more color, while the single white tulip gives it a feminine touch.
So, which mantel look do you like best? Place your vote in the comments section!