Going Mantel

Tips & Trends

A fireplace mantel has long been a prime spot to display attractive items – from prized possessions or favorite photos to beautiful greenery and candles – that can really elevate a room’s décor. Joe Jumper, owner of The Clay Pot floral and event design, gives some tips on how to turn your mantel into a genuine showpiece. From whimsical to classic to quirky to elegant, there is no single rule to follow, and mantels can be easily changed to fit your mood.

 

Photography by Rich Smith

1. A SWOOSH OF GREEN

An easy way to add height to your mantel is by using a classic white urn for greenery that can even be clipped from your yard. We filled one with Elaeagnus, plumosa fern, Italian Ruscus, purple caspia, and fern fronds – placed asymmetrically for a dramatic impact, with a cluster of taper candles on the other end of the mantel for balance. Flanked on either side of the mantel are iron stands with mood moss mounds.

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beautiful elegant mantle with red anemones, red tulips, and fern fronds in glass vases in front of a TV

 

2. RADIANT RED

With so many people having large-screen TVs over their mantels these days, offering no ability to light candles, we feel using multiples of the same item stacked closely together gives the biggest and brightest impact. Here, we used an assortment of simple glass bud vases filled with red anemones, red tulips, and fern fronds. The impact is created by repeating these simple design elements. 

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3. SIMPLY ELEGANT

Glass Bel Air vases filled with Robellini palms and Italian and Israeli Ruscus are placed symmetrically on the mantel. Simple stone containers with mood moss and a single votive candle highlight these individual pieces of novelty art. The assorted shades of greenery offer a simple but elegant complement to the dark frame of the artwork.

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beautiful mantel with october ferns and small votive candles surrounding a painting

 

4. A WALK IN THE WOODS

White seltzer bottles, each with a single stem of an oversized October fern, placed alongside small votive candles accent the birch trees in the art above the mantel. Taking a cue from the outdoor theme of the art, a bit of outdoor greenery adds understated visual interest.

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