What should I put on top of my fireplace mantel?

15 Mantel Decor Ideas for Above Your Fireplace

  1. Mirror.
  2. Art.
  3. Family Photos.
  4. Television.
  5. Clock.
  6. Wreath.
  7. Chalkboard.
  8. Window Pane.

How do you accessorize a mantle?

For an easy fireplace mantel decorating idea, hang a mirror in the middle and a sconce on either side. Anchor the mantel with a larger vase in front of the mirror and fill in with smaller accessories, such as vases, candlesticks, and decorative objects. Pick up on colors and materials found elsewhere in the room.

How high above fireplace should mantle be?

12 inches
As a general rule, it’s important to mount the mantle an average of 12 inches over the fireplace opening, which is a general rule from the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) to ensure it’s up to code. The mantle can also be 4 1/2 feet above the floor.

How do you hang a picture over a fireplace mantel?

When you hang things above a fireplace, you are often already hanging them at a height higher than eye level. So, it’s OK to minimize the distance between the bottom of your artwork or TV and the top of your fireplace mantel. Hang your artwork about 3-6″ inches above the mantel for best results.

How do you balance a fireplace mantel?


  1. Treat the mantel as you would a piece of furniture.
  2. Use items of different shapes and sizes.
  3. Layer items in front of each other.
  4. Create a formal display with symmetry.
  5. Give your display room to breathe.
  6. In most displays, odds are usually better than evens.
  7. Lean items like framed art and mirrors against the wall.

Should I put the TV above the fireplace?

It’s not advisable to mount a TV above a fireplace because excess heat and electronics don’t mix. The area above the fireplace is often warmer than other wall surfaces in your home. The farther the fireplace mantle extends into the room, the more it will deflect heat from the above wall (and TV mounted there).

Where do you put your electronics when TV is above fireplace?

You can place it on the mantle if it’s wide enough. However, if there’s not enough room, you can also have the cables run to a box in another room. Another thing that works is building a shelf just for your cable box. However, you could also ditch your cable and subscribe to a streaming service instead.

Can you add a mantel to a stone fireplace?

Yes! You can absolutely add a mantel to a stone or brick fireplace and this post is proof! I never in a million years would have know that rebar rods could be drilled into the stone fireplace and serve as anchors for a very heavy piece of wood. Here is the stone fireplace before.

What to hang over fireplace?

Lean In. Framed art is always a fine choice for above the fireplace, but if you want a more laid-back or eclectic vibe, try leaning your artworks on your mantel instead of hanging them. The look provides a more casual aesthetic and allows you to easily change your display pieces as often as you feel inspired to.

What to put on fireplace mantel?

If your fireplace has a mantel, adorn it with a handful of well-placed accessories. Flanking your hanging or propped artwork with a matching pair of objects results in a classic, symmetrical look. Good options include vases, statuary, branched candelabra or tall, slender lamps.

How do you decorate a fireplace?

Decorating the Inside Make sure that the fireplace is clean, and free of ashes and soot when it is not in use. Add color and fragrance with flowers. Place a ceramic piece inside. Put a basket with magazines or craft items inside. Put candles inside the fireplace and light them in the evenings.

What to put on Mantel?

Here are a few things to put on a fall mantel…. pumpkins. cotton bolls. leaves. wheat sheaves. bottles of twigs. acorns. pinecones.