Our guest blogger Charmean understands that just because the holidays are over, doesn’t mean you can’t make your mantel a beautiful focal point. Use these tips all year round to create gorgeous displays that suit your lifestyle and express your passions. Refresh your fireplace mantel in ten easy steps and return focus to the anchor of your room.

10 Easy Ways to Refresh Your Mantel Now

What goes up must come down. That saying certainly applies to holiday decorations. About this time of year there are bare mantels everywhere looking sparse and lonely, in sharp contrast to the previous weeks of garlands and twinkling lights. What’s a mantel to do after the glory of the holiday season?

The hearth is often viewed as the center of the home. That being said, the mantel is a great place for displaying a story about the home or homeowner. It’s a place for showcasing our favorite things, or it can be that one area for rotating weekly doses of design. Feeling like a fresh start for your mantel now that the holidays are winding down? Here are some simple ideas to kick off the new year. Let us know what’s on your mantel in the Comments section.

1.) Symmetry

IR3G Symmetrical design

Ah, symmetry! What I particularly like about this mantel besides the great symmetry is the layering of different objet d’art. Notice that the mirror is mounted directly into the brick. I recommend hiring a professional to hang this if you don’t have the tools.

2.) Art

Do you collect botanical prints? Display them on the mantel. It’s fine to prop art up against a wall. Fresh potted plants act as perfect bookends.

3.) Shapes

Repeat rounds. A circular shape is a nice complement to the squareness of a mantel. Here they’re used effectively in pairs.

Spring Mantle
Photo by Michelle Edwards – Search home design pictures

4.) Minimalism

Vector 45 With Minimalist Decor

A minimalist statement can also work on the mantel. Try grouping a cluster of like-colored objects to one side. The visual weight of the grouping to one side helps create a modern vibe. Adding a great-looking pendant can balance the vignette.

Revamp Your Fireplace With a New Mantel

5.) Keep Things Fresh

A mantel can be your area for a rotating design element. If you like a little something fresh every week, use this spot to display fresh flowers. Notice how the designer used lighting to create a focal point here.

6.) Collections

Why let your favorite china collect dust in the pantry? Consider putting a favorite dish collection up on the mantel for everyone to enjoy. Dishes can be mismatched or matching. Display them using small plate stands or easels.

7.) Location Specific

High Country 8000 Wood Burning Fireplace embodies location specific decor

Use location-specific accessories to make a statement about your home. Can’t you just visualize this rustic-looking décor in the mountains somewhere.

8.) Stories

Tell a story about your hobbies or occupation. I think this artwork is a classy way to showcase a riding hobby, a horse-breeding occupation or perhaps just a love of horses.

9.) Lighting

Let lighting do the talking. Perhaps the only change needed to your mantel is the way in which it’s lit. Make a statement with interesting pendants or sconces in pairs or other repetitions.

10.) Paint

Consider fresh paint. I just love the boldness of this high-gloss green. The color is unexpected and fun. There’s no need to overaccessorize a mantel with bold color.

How do you create a fresh new look on your mantel as the seasons change? What is your favorite way to freshen things up? Tell us in the comments below.