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.

Artistic Walls

If you want to hang art above the fireplace, consider replacing one painting with a series of nearly identical pieces hung in a grid, starting right above the mantel and going up almost to the ceiling, like the art featured in this Kenneth Brown-designed room. \"Think about an arrangement of black and white photography, or prints by the same artist,\" says New York-based interior-design stylist and writer Jorge S. Arango. \"If you arrange them purposefully, the frames themselves create a pattern, almost like a very bold — and very original — wallpaper.\"

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