How Do You Dress Your Mantel?

While working on new decorating ideas for the living room, I’ve been playing with creative ways to decorate the mantel. I’ve found great inspiration on Flickr and the like – but keep coming back to two different options. I’d love to hear your thoughts…

A central mirror (this West Elm circular mirror brings in a bit of modern design to an older Spanish home like mine):

Or a cluster of photos in similar frames (I love these black and white shots from our wedding… maybe the mirror is too modern?):

So I’m curious to know, which do you like best?

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Side note: Poll was disabled earlier… but it’s working now! Woo hoo!

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  1. says

    I like more the first option, I think is more equilibrado* (*not sure how to spell it in english). There’s a composition beacause you are playing with diferents shapes and materials.

    Love your blog Morgan!


  2. Morgan says

    Hi Kasey,
    A bit more color is a great idea, I like the idea of adding a vase or flowers. Thanks for your suggestion.
    We also had wood paneled walls in our den and I discovered a bright coat of white paint made all the difference! I love my walls now. Best of luck with decorating :).


  3. says

    I love the mantel with the wedding pictures. I’m having the same problem with my mantel. I have a country home so my walls are wood. So i’m having a hard time trying to figure out how to decorate it with brown, wooden walls. The only thing I think you should do, is give your mantel a little color. Maybe some flowers? or a vase? Can’t wait to see it!

    P.S. This is my favorite blog, i love how you have so many DIY’s!!

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