Styling Tip: 5 Mantel Updates

Amber Interiors

The mantel look we are loving lately blends modern simplicity with rustic or traditional pieces. The mix of styles creates a look that is rich and layered without feeling cluttered. Today we are sharing 5 mantel updates to give your living room a fresh new look.




A living room mirror reflects light to open up the space. Simple round mirrors continue to trend and create a crisp modern foundation for your mantel design. If you are looking for something different, try a modern oversized arched mirror. This one from Rejuvenation is a favorite. Or, for a rich look, try something gilt or ornately carved.



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A single large canvas always looks good, but we are loving the look of layered art. We like pairing a monochromatic modern piece with a rich landscape in watercolor or oil. Traditional art pieces also look beautiful paired with your simple modern mirror. Minted is a great source for affordable art prints, or search Etsy for original works from current artists.


Sculptural Accent Pieces

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Mantel’s look beautiful when there is a variety of heights, shapes, and textures. Add interest to your design with tall candlesticks or round ceramics. Add personality by making this accent a family heirloom or a favorite travel souvenir. Pottery Barn and West Elm always have fun brass pieces, or for something rich and rustic try Etsy.


Family Photographs

Love the personality that personal photos brings to any space. For a fireplace in a family room or master bedroom, it is always fun to decorate with a large family photo or a layering of memories.


Seasonal Accents

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Fresh greens are always the easiest and best way to enrich a space. Add a garland of greenery or a fresh cut stems of whatever is in season. If you want no hassle, you can opt for faux stems that look great from West Elm or Crate and Barrel, or go outside and cut something from your yard that is in season. For fall and winter, Magnolia stems have deep color and sculptural beauty. Or another favorite is a garland of eucalyptus. The sage green leaves smell so fresh and work as a perfect backdrop for wood and metal accents.


Every mantel does not need all five of these elements. Thoughtful simplicity can still feel rich and designed. Pick out an element or two from these suggestions while keeping height, scale, color, and style in mind.

Happy Styling!


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