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Need help decorating my mantel!!

abockhorstJanuary 14, 2013
I am struggling with how to decorate my mantel due to the center window. We recently added the navy cornice and drapes but definitely need more color and style. My color scheme is shown in the pillows. I also have plans to replace the black chairs with navy blue club chairs. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!
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Scott's Creative Home
Fireplaces should have chimneys. The window not needed. Consider leaving the blind closed and adding a large piece of artwork to cover the window. Use a simple frame or a canvas wrap to minimize the weight of the piece.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 5:27PM
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Pretty room! I love your navy and white/cream.
What is your view outside the windows, can you post a picture of them open?
    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 5:29PM
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I love your start to the room. I think that plates on the sides of the fireplace in solids colors from the pillows would be great. I also like the photo below for the height from the stand maybe an option for you. For blues check out House of Turquoise.
    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 6:05PM
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Thanks for all your ideas!
    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 5:53AM
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A single LARGE piece of glass or ceramic--sculpture or platter--in your colors would look great.
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1 Like    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 6:34AM
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I love the overlapping wall platters!!
    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 7:18AM
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A Crew of Two
I would definitely add some earthiness to the room....there is a lot of white space. An area rug is called for near the sofa...take your cues from nature. Vary the shades of blue and green with natural, beachy wood tones. The window over the fireplace is a challenge. Upholstered chairs are needed to create coziness. I would choose a fabric with a natural fiber look to it. And then carry your throw pillows over.
    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 8:00AM
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@abockhorst, I'm having trouble finding on houzz the exact piece I would put on your mantel, but my thought is you should take down the two blue vases and use a single stunning piece of glass art. Something like one of the glass plates shown in the groupings below:

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    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 9:19AM
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I would introduce other colors to the room.

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    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 9:21AM
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A strong sculptural piece:
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    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 9:32AM
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groveraxle - thanks for all the research and pictures. You are the second person to suggest a glass sculpture. I think it would look beautiful.
    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 9:55AM
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Your space seems large. The patterns and colours you choose seems contemporary, modern n bold.. Almost neuvo Art Deco ... Decorating the mantle is the last thing you want to touch when the bigger things need to be solved.
It is either your carpet or your sofa that needs to go... Some contrast is needed here. The Color scheme from what u selected - dark blue, mustard, lime green, white. Add elephant grey, black, silver to complete the look.

Here goes a complete 180 change... Are you ready?
Paint the back end wall... Cool medium Brown, that will compliment the patterned panel.
Change the curtain panel blue instead of white. Matching fibre of course,
Sponge n distress your mantel - dark brown over the white .. And add matt silver leaf over it. That will give it some pizzas!
Please change the fabric of your sofa to some darker brown, dark grey or new furniture with modern lines.
Rearrange your furniture so that it is more cozy n around your fire place.
Now for the mantle...
Add white animal head to the mantle itself either 3 small ones... Depending on your proportions
Or a large moose head over the mantle.
Balance off with two vases of ostrich feathers and silver n brown branches. On each side of the head and .maybe add your favourite books or b/ w photos - enlarge of your family...in interesting neutral frames

There you go! One option of a complete look in loo of your fabric you chose!
Btw the moose head is from Z gallery! It's the latest in thing now! White head... U also can find cool accessories there.
    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 10:09AM
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@abockhorst, until you find the perfect piece for your mantel, I would remove one of the vases, put a few branches in the other vase and move it to a point one-third or two-fifths of the way from one end of the mantel.
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    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 10:36AM
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Since your piece would have to be "freestanding", I'd suggest a large, round shield on a stand for that space (similar to the one below). I like the items and colours you have and will be better with the larger scale chairs that you are getting.
    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 10:55AM
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Here is the site that uses your fabric n have cool stuff
    Bookmark   January 17, 2013 at 5:55PM
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Agree with the first comment here--where's the chimney?--and it's the first thing that crossed my mind upon looking at the photo. Maybe block the window (at least on the interior) just above the mantel (NOT the one closest to the ceiling) and add a single large piece of art as suggested above.
    Bookmark   June 3, 2014 at 1:17PM
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A FP with a window above is supposed to have a view, not the neighbor's house. I'd go crazy until I found a way to close up that square window over the mantel. Then you'll have a mantel that can be decorated, leaving the upper arch and side arches will allow plenty of light, so I'd go navy on the drapery panels and accessorize with the color from the pillows.
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    Bookmark   June 3, 2014 at 1:53PM
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Hoping they come back after all this time to share an update.
    Bookmark   June 3, 2014 at 1:59PM
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