So when you have a fireplace mantel, just remember that you really have a very big opportunity for a lot of different things. You have above the mantel which you can decorate with pictures, artwork, mirrors. You can layer items. Like you have a larger piece hung on the wall, but then you have smaller pieces staggered in front of it.
It doesn't have to just be about mirrors. It could be a large mirror with a really fun artwork piece off to the left, then maybe a vase. It's all about the layering. But the mantel itself is also a really great opportunity. Why? Because it doesn't have to be just one color. You can accent and trim it.
So let's say you have, for instance, like a chocolate finish, mixed with a color. Let's use hot pink for instance. That may sound racy, but if you do it in mostly chocolate and then take the hot pink, and you just accent it in all of the different moldings that just kind of protrude out, you make it a more interesting piece. Also you can use wallpaper. Use small pieces of wallpaper that you can get from sample stores.
So you don't have to buy a whole roll. You cut them up and you just wallpaper in little areas, like the little squares and little rectangles of a mantel, and then you have a whole different focal point to your room. You know, have fun with it. Even though the fireplace mantel is a traditional element in a home, it doesn't mean that it has to look traditional.