How to Decorate a Fireplace Mantel With Pictures

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Decorating a fireplace mantel with pictures is something you have to do while keeping the style of the mantle and the metallics that surround it in mind. Decorate a fireplace mantel with pictures with help from an experienced interior designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Sharon McCormick from Sharon McCormick Design. The topic of this video is how to decorate a mantle with pictures. Everybody loves decorating a mantle with pictures. It's great to look at the happy times you've had. What we consider as designers in decorating a mantle, is the style of the room, the style of the mantle and the metallics that surround it. In this case we have a fairly formal room with a picture with gold framing and brass candlesticks so we know that we want to stay in the gold and brass family. Also we want to choose frames that are not casual. In this case I don't really have much mantel room. The depth of the mantle is only about four inches so I'm limited to how many pictures I can put up. What I started with was a vertical picture then a horizontal then I did another vertical and then another horizontal. You want to mix everything up and mix the scale of your frames as well so that it's not just a boring ledge. If I did have a lot of room on the mantle what I'd like to do is actually layer the pictures so that one frame is overlapping the other and you are creating interest with the depth. So the depth of the pictures goes in and out. I would definitely recommend that you try that if you have a wide enough mantle. One of the trends that is popular these days is using black frames with black and white photos. This look is perfect for casual spaces such as family rooms and also in minimalist and contemporary spaces. Using all black and white photos together creates a unity among the pictures. In this case, because I have a colorful picture as the centerpiece of my mantle, I've used colored pictures in all of these frames. I'm Sharon McCormick from This is how to decorate a mantle with photos.


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