Fireplace Decor: Hearth Design Tips

Top designers mix up the mantel, creating graphic, asymmetrical or three-dimensional arrangements easy to replicate in your own home. Here are five ways to make your mantel marvelous, and heat up the decor of any room.

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If you haven't found anything you want to showcase above your fireplace — or if you just want to keep things as minimal as possible — you can also create mantel drama simply by painting the wall a dramatic color. "With a bold color behind the fireplace, all you really need are some pretty tea lights to make the mantel the focus of the room," says New York-based interior designer Roderick N. Shade. Whatever approach you choose, says Shade, "go for high impact when styling your mantel. It really sets the tone for the rest of the space." Design by Nicole Sassaman.

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