Corner fireplaces can be extremely difficult to decorate. This is because they often lack a flat wall above the mantel. Despite their unusual architecture, with a little creativity a corner fireplace can still become a focal point.
Even though a ninety degree angle behind a fireplace mantel might seem impossible to decorate, it actually provides additional depth for your mantel décor. Instead of mounting a large anchor piece, such as framed art or a mirror, consider simply placing it in the corner and leaning it against both walls. If you are concerned about it slipping you can use a little museum putty on the bottom to hold it in place. The deep corner mantel could also be filled with a large vase with tall dried reeds or a large platter on a stand. This type of decoration is well suited for corner mantels even though it would look out of place on an ordinary mantel.
Professional decorators typically follow certain rules and guidelines to help them come up with aesthetically pleasing designs. The “three plus one rule” is a simple decorating technique that creates visually balanced and harmonious asymmetrical mantel displays. Accomplish the perfect look by placing three like objects on one side of the mantel. Stagger the objects to create a feeling of depth. Then on the other side of the mantel place one large object with the same visual weight as the three grouped objects.
Candles are an inexpensive and effective way to decorate a corner fireplace mantel. However too many candles can take the focus away from the fire itself. Carefully choose and arrange your candles with other decorative items to balance out the mantel without outdoing the actual fireplace.
Rotate the décor on your corner fireplace mantel to incorporate seasonal displays. Consider draping an evergreen garland all the way around a wraparound corner fireplace mantel or decorating with vases filled with bare branches or colorful ball ornaments to create a winter or holiday display.
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