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Need help with my mantel
pelliott713
December 26, 2012 in Design Dilemma
Is the center painting too small for this area above my mantel?
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Ken Sturmer
The painting looks nice, but it needs to be raised above the mantel.
December 26, 2012 at 8:02am     
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Stoneshop
That painting is beautiful (as is your fireplace!) I think that it may be slightly small. Could you put it in a plate holder to raise it a little higher if you do not have a replacement?
December 26, 2012 at 8:12am   
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pelliott713
So do you think that if I raise it 4 to 5 inches it won't look too small for the space? I am considering trading it for one that is about 4 or 5 inches wider and taller. (30x36) But I love this painting and I have no other place in my house to display it. Thanks for your advice!
December 26, 2012 at 8:13am   
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
If you want to keep the painting on the mantel, I'd move it off center, remove everything else and then add another tall item to the side, as shown below. Or you could get a larger painting and hang it with fewer accessories than what you currently have. See second photo below.
Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID Painted Room Interiors Guida Residence
December 26, 2012 at 8:14am     
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Interiors International, Inc.
Re-frame the painting using a matte around the picture. It will make it larger which it needs to be and you can leave the mantle alone. Adding larger accent pieces will help also.
December 26, 2012 at 8:17am     
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Judith Taylor Designs
I love Carolyn's idea of offsetting the painting and balancing it with a tallish element. It could be a cluster if pillar candles - somewhat chunky in scale. For my taste, I feel the painting is being closed in by the black frame which makes it look even smaller. If you were to float it with a linen-like mat picking up on a neutral that relates to the painting as well as the wall and fireplace colours it would read quite a bit larger. You can still frame it in black if you like a strong graphic look. Right now I feel it is suffocating in that black frame and needs breathing space. Your room looks lovely.
December 26, 2012 at 8:25am   
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janishill
I agree that reframing it with a lovely linen look mat would be the best choice. If reframing it isn't in the budget go with Carolyn's idea of moving it off center and balancing it with an item of similar height and visual weight.

Oh...and i love the 'display' on the ottoman! ;-)
December 26, 2012 at 9:20am   
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Harrut
You have asked the question so that suggests you think it is too small.
The paint colour and fireplace looks lovely. I'd be tempted to clear the whole of the mantel area and just put up a vase of flowers and a mirror. The paintings could be positioned between the shelves as features in themselves.
December 26, 2012 at 11:50am   
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Harrut
You have asked the question so that suggests you think it is too small.
The paint colour and fireplace looks lovely. I'd be tempted to clear the whole of the mantel area and just put up a vase of flowers and a mirror. The paintings could be positioned between the shelves as features in themselves.
December 26, 2012 at 11:51am   
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pelliott713
Great idea harrut. I moved the painting to the shelves and it looks great. I also love the idea of reframing with a linen mat, so that will be in it's future. Thanks everyone.
December 26, 2012 at 3:17pm   
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
You're very welcome!
December 26, 2012 at 3:22pm   
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Judith Taylor Designs
It will be lovely!
December 26, 2012 at 6:53pm   
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