Essentially an eye-level stage, it’s a prime protected spot for showing off a large treasure and indulging in artful maximalism. Consider the view from a distance as well as close-up.Art and architecture
factor heavily with a mantel. Base your palette on the color of the fireplace facade. Choose a large piece to feature, but make sure it’s open or light (like the circle sculpture, far left) so it can relate to hanging art without blocking it.A themed collection,
like ephemera from nature, makes a statement about what’s important to you and is tied together visually. Ceramic and glass are a nice counterpoint to rough, gnarly sea pieces. Vary tall and squat, smooth and rough, flat and three-dimensional.
Leaning and layering pictures and post-cards creates a casual, unfussy quality, inviting investigation rather than scaring people away.To buy:
Kobe Small Iron Ring sculpture, $390, arteriorshome.com