During the winter when we spend a lot more time inside it’s easy to find yourself a little bored with your surroundings. Updating your interior styling can help to lift your spirits over the dull winter months, as well as make your home a more inviting and attractive space for indoor get-togethers! Since fireplaces are a natural gathering place for family and friends during the cold season, your mantel is a major focal point. Changing the style of your mantel is an easy way to make an entire room feel fresh and interesting again. Here are a few simple ideas that can make a big impact!

  1. Reflect. While many people use the space above the mantel to display family photographs, hanging a large statement mirror can be a great way to give your room an elegant, polished look, and give the illusion of more space. Mirrors and frames come in all shapes and styles, so finding one to suit your space should be a snap!
  2. Add some colour. Add a pop of colour to your mantel area by applying wallpaper or an attractive coat of paint to the wall above your mantel. Add some accessories in a complementary or neutral shade, and you’ve got an eye-catching display!
  3. Go local. Make your mantel area a conversation-starter by using it as a space to display local arts and crafts. Many cafes display and sell local art, or you can check out smaller galleries or markets in order to track down hidden gems.
  4. Experiment with asymmetry. Your mantel area doesn’t have to be perfectly balanced. In fact, an asymmetrical display is often more interesting to look at! Don’t be intimidated – you don’t need to be a professional interior designer to create an off-balance display that works. Just remember to place larger objects first, use objects of varying heights, and try to group objects in odd numbers.

Changing up your home’s style is a great way to stave off the winter boredom. If you want to make a more dramatic change to your mantel, feel free to make an appointment with one of our qualified design consultants by calling 416.239.3556.