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Three Mantel Mantras

Mantels are tricky to style because there really are no set rules. It just boils down to what looks right. Fortunately, designer extraordinaire Lisa Worth shared some great guidelines to help get you started!

1. Assess the scale of your mantel area and consider the space beyond the shelf itself. Factor in room size, ceiling height and fireplace dimensions as well as mantel width and depth.

2. Variation is important. Incorporate a range of materials, colours, textures and sizes for visual interest.

3. Eyeball it! Stand back and squint at your mantel. How does it look? Does the arrangement naturally draw the gaze from left to right?


Above: paint, Para Paints; mantels, Fireplace Concepts; tile, Stone Tile International Inc.; painting (at right), Art Interiors; all other art and accessories, Artifacts and Angus & Company.


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