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Melanie
February 7, 2013 in Design Dilemma
How does this look? What could I do to make it look better?
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carole
looks good!!love the clock!!! only 2 big vases and you could paint just the chimneybreast 2 shades lighter to make it stand out more...
February 7, 2013 at 5:19PM     
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Shelton Interiors
The clock is fabulous but too small for the space. Love the blue with the blue vase.

My suggestion would be something much larger (wider than the insert) and popping it off a darker paint color. If blue works in your room, paint the FP wall blue and place a black and white piece of art on it.

For accessories on the mantel, go large! You should always place an uneven number of items and try to reach visual balance without the boring symmetry. You got a good start, but I'd go for larger scale items left and right only, nothing in the center.

Hope this helps!
February 7, 2013 at 5:22PM     
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Interiors International, Inc.
The clock is to small. I would paint the fireplace wall a darker color to tie it in with the stone and mantel. It will create a cohesive unit.
February 7, 2013 at 5:27PM     
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decoenthusiaste
Lower the clock to about 5" above the mantel. Remove everything else and find two large items to flank the clock that will stand at least as tall as 3 & 9 o'clock. Try more of the blue color, maybe in ceramics or glass.
February 7, 2013 at 5:28PM     
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Keitha
You've got two great ideas, BIG clock and paint the fireplace wall. Get goin' !!!!!
February 7, 2013 at 5:31PM   
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Shelton Interiors
February 7, 2013 at 5:49PM   
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Shelton Interiors
A little on the predictable side

February 7, 2013 at 5:51PM   
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Shelton Interiors
few items but large impact

February 7, 2013 at 5:53PM     
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jenpa8
Everything is too small, You n eed something tall to be interesting.The clock is cool, that's just not the right place for it. I agree with the picture from Shelton Interiors, large art, couple of properly sized vases. One other option that is dramatic and inexpensive: Large mirror with still on the larger size clear glass vase with big greens.
February 7, 2013 at 6:15PM     
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Lkristine
You have to click on the photo of your room to see where it might be good to add a tile you love, it doesn't show in the small pic. Adding a wood frame above your beautiful fireplace that matches the existing wood, would look awesome as well. I could not get the exact color for the visual. Balance the modern, the texture, the color you seem to love and you won't go wrong. All of my ideas couldn't be posted in one post.....sorry about that. Here are some more links/pics....... http://www.pier1.com/Artificial-Orchid-and-Copper-Pot/2410389,default,pd.html http://www.overstock.com/Worldstock-Fair-Trade/Set-of-3-Hammered-Copper-Finish-Uncscented-Wax-Candles-India/6996964/product.html
February 7, 2013 at 7:37PM   
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Welcome Home designs
I like your clock but do agree it's on the small side.
You can still use it but you have to accessorize the mantel so it works.
Check out the attached photo for ideas.


Your other option is something larger - art or mirror
Good luck!
February 7, 2013 at 8:16PM     
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Melanie
Thank you everyone for the great ideas. Will update later!!
February 9, 2013 at 5:58PM     
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mmilos
Clock looks great. Just need something tall to fill in. Vase is a good idea.
February 9, 2013 at 6:05PM   
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Coralee Angell
I really like the clock and I would leave it there. I like the idea of painting the wall above the fireplace a few shades darker to make it stand out, but mostly I suggest adding a couple smaller pieces or art on each side of the clock to use up more space and then a leafy plant on the mantle that hangs down a bit.
February 9, 2013 at 6:18PM     
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