Creating Eye-catching Shelves & Mantles

1403012621I love this floating shelf with the cool uplighting. But even without the strip of LEDs (see pic below), the items on this kitchen shelf will still catch your eye and tell a story about the room. There is nothing overtly glamorous or particularly expensive here, rather items that are loved and used. There are vases, delightful fish shaped serving dishes, some willow twigs reaching up from a tall water jug and an antique silver tea set which has conveniently tarnished to a perfect shade to tone with …..
Floating shelf in a kitchen. www.thehouseministry.co.uk
… Little Greene’s Rolling Fog Dark which used on the shelf. The key is to vary the heights and textures of the items so allowing your eye to move from one to another. Also the pieces are mostly in regularly use so the collection’s arrangement changes subtly over time.

The same approach is true for mantles, where traditionally you see symmetry at work, but it is not essential and will boil down to personal taste. Select objects of varying heights, ages, and textures and position them overlapping each other, including some fresh or faux flowers or a plant will turn your mantle from mediocre into marvellous!
Floral mantlepiece, House To Home

Mediterranean Family Room by Southlake Architects & Building Designers Heritage Design Studio
Here the mantlepiece (above right) has been very simply decorated with this stunning door – fabulous if you have the ceiling height – but what really sets it off are the symmetrical flower arrangements.

Below is an asymmetrical mantlepiece decoration in a room with a lot going on. It feels a very calm arrangement of objects, in a symmetrical wall space of matching bookcases (I’d feel the urge to colour code the books though!).