By Samantha Grose, Designer, JP&CO A residential construction firm delivering a personalized home, an enjoyable process, and a remarkable pace.
Last fall, we had a beautiful home on the Remodeler Showcase Tour. As we added finishing touches with the client to the interior design to get ready for the show we spent a little extra time with the mantel display because of its prominence in the space.
After a trip to the nursery we came up with a simple mantel that lasted through the fall and winter. We incorporated birch logs, simple white candles, pine cones, and eucalyptus for a soft contract of natural materials and suggested adding cranberry over the winter months.
In addition to layering natural elements, I’ve discovered many other fantastic ways to enliven your mantel and achieve proportion without turning to the expected.
The key to any great mantel display or interior design, for that matter, is balance. A lot of people often mistake balance for symmetry. There is no need to create a display whose two sides are mirror images.
Avoid overloading your mantel—less is almost always more. You can create a strong visual impact by being selective about your display.
One way to create a balanced look is to use different objects that hold the same visual weight. Round up your mantel-worthy items and play around with their placement to discover which combinations result in a proportionate look.
source: Better Homes and Gardens
Consider creating a grouping of lightweight items on one side of your mantel, and balancing this group with a single heavier item on the other side. Additionally, a lightweight, tall grouping of objects can be balanced with a shorter, single item or grouping of greater weight or darker colors on the other.
source: House and Home
Take into account the size and style of your fireplace, its mantel, and the size of the fireplace wall and the size of the room. Compliment the style of your fireplace and ask yourself what aspects of the room’s design you hope to accent.
Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the TWIN CITIES area having completed many new homes and large scale whole house remodels.
Samantha received her BS from the University of Minnesota majoring in both ARCHITECTURE and ART. She is deeply committed to a creative approach giving you highly functional spaces with an aesthetic appeal for everyday living.