Many people do not realize how important it is to consider decorating the fireplace mantel in your living space. This is true even more so if the fireplace itself is of a plain and somewhat ‘square’ design. While most of us would only decorate a mantel at Christmas time, you can create a lovely warm atmosphere in your room by adorning your mantel at all times of the year. If you have flowers growing in your garden, then simply choose some which are in coordinating colors to your décor and then tightly fill a vase to place on your mantel. Many seem to think that everything should be symmetrical when placed on a fireplace mantel, but the opposite is actually true! Think about grouping things in odd numbers; this has much more of an impact than one candlestick at either end, for example! If your room is quite dark then look for see-through or glass ornaments as they will not visually take up too much room or make the place look untidy. Also think about hanging a mirror above your mantel as any decorations you put onto it will be reflected back into the room. This looks especially nice if you have candlesticks on your mantel, as when you light the candles at night time, you have twice the effect as the reflections will appear to dance into the room! And if you do not wish for the mantel to look too cluttered, then simply space your decorations out. However, the one time you can really go to town is when you decorate for Christmas! There is no such thing as ‘too much’ at this festive time of year, but it still does not need to cost too much. Again, use what you have to hand in your garden; think of deep green leaves, like holly, and red berries galore!
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