Mantelpiece ideas for eye-catching displays

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The fireplace is usually the focal point of a living room and if you want to make the most of the space to create a decorative look, take a browse through these stylish display ideas for your mantelpiece.

Arrange shapely vases along the top of your mantelpiece for a striking look. Choose vases in different sizes and arrange them with the tallest at the centre.

For a traditional look, pick out an eyecatching colour such as pink from your wallpaper design and display fresh or silk flowers in the same shade, then arrange them in a row on the shelf. Alternatively, if you have artwork above the fireplace you can choose colours and ideas in the image and continue the theme with decorative objects on the mantelpiece.

For another elegant way with flowers, place delicate white roses in a glass vase. Add a little foliage at the along the back of the mantelshelf and then add pretty mercury glass silvered tealights for extra shimmer. Or for a fresh and minimal feel, collect original vintage bottles in interesting shapes and use them as single-stem vases for foliage such as eucalyptus.

If you have a more country-style living room with a rustic fireplace, continue the natural look with wooden candlesticks and botanical themed art, or pretty vintage postcards.

A beautifully simple way to add interest to your fireplace is with a display of books – perhaps a few vintage hardbacks – propped up with decorative bookends. Or add personality with vintage dolly pegs on string to hang black-and-white family photos alongside trinkets and pretty accessories.

Image credit: David Brittain

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