How to Style a Mantle
Let’s talk about one of our favorite ways to style a mantle. This styling technique can be used with any design style and any size of mantle, but we generally are referring to a mantle 10” deep. That way there is ample space to hold our Temple Jars. If you are currently building your home, make your mantle deep enough so that there is plenty of room for styling. Symmetry is definitely still a popular style, it comes across as very formal. We love a grand look, but like it more creative, so we focus on styling similar masses instead of absolute matching symmetry. We love how it looks while showcasing the same type of objects, but in different styles and arrangements.
Step One. Start with the largest pieces on each side of the mantle. Our go-to selection is a large Temple Jar, such as the Serpentine, Joon, or Painted Dragon. Generally, style these jars under the scones to visually extend both sides of the mantle. Depending on the season, the jar can stay lidded or during the Spring we add our White or Pink Cherry Blossoms, while in the Fall, the Magnolia or Orange Branches are the perfect pick.
Step Two. We always add transparency, this brings in a visual wetness, helping to balance the solid and dry look of other pieces. Our Crystal Obelisks are our favorite. Available in five sizes, they are really amazing for styling, easy to mix and match across the mantle helping achieve our goal of similar masses on each end. The Obelisks complement the glossy finish on the Temple Jars and add structure. Another elegant addition would be the Crystal Candlesticks, which also bring in that beautiful translucent look. Available in three sizes, it is easy to play around with the heights to create that dimensional aspect.
Step Three. Finally, eyes like to graduate height in a smooth manner. Style in gradually smaller pieces like our Crane, Enchanted Figures, or Koi Temple Jars. One of our favorite tricks is to lay one or two coffee table books, like The Big Book of Chic or Robert Stilin, and then stack a smaller jar or floral on top. Our thought process is to style two sizes of jars on one side and then pair a medium jar with a book on the other, creating that intentional look of even masses.
Following these three steps, it will be easy to create a beautiful, balanced mantle, using the same objects arranged differently on each side. To watch Jess style a mantle, check out the video here. To read more about styling principles, check out this blog here.