Make your mantel meaningful by displaying cherished letters and mementos. You won't have to buy artwork and don't need heavy expensive frames. Designer Thea Quillian helped Atlanta homeowners Karen Goeckel and Bill Goodman use high/low decorating ideas for their home, which was built in 1911 and has seven fireplaces. The black-and-white bride of Frankenstein photo also was a gift.
The architectural details in this dining room allow for a fun splash of color on the domed ceiling and butler's wing. The Greek key wallpaper is light and neutral, balancing the boldness of the hot pink. A white chandelier offers the perfect touch of elegance.
Screened porches serve as another living room, and these mantels can be stunning as well. Simply paint your mantle a color that complements the rest of the fireplace. Then separate a pair of hurricane candleholders to help fill the space. You can find hurricane candleholders for less than $25, and stores such as World Market sell them for less than $10 each.
Designers with Pop Custom Homes, based in Atlanta, used a pair of wire candleholders on each side of this fantastic piece of colorful art that dominates the mantel. You can find candleholders for less than $20 per pair new, or if you pick up a steal at a garage sale, spray paint them to match the frame or a dominant color in the artwork.
A kitchen island topped with a gleaming white countertop sits near an adjacent dining room. The dining room has a different style personality than the modern kitchen thanks to glam touches like a crystal chandelier, glass candleholders and oversized art.
Carefully placed touches of gold used in this living room — candleholders, fabrics, frames, furniture, dipped candles and bowls — instantly create a glamorous space. Incorporate a non-working fireplace into the sophisticated look by placing battery-operated lights behind plants like ferns.
Simple centerpieces, like glass candleholders and flower arrangements, can be dressed up with layers of cypress tree cuttings. There's no artful arrangement needed; the less perfect the greenery appears, the more natural it looks.
A small serving tray is used on a brown coffee table to display a piece of coral which is covered by a glass dome, a small white ceramic vase, and two white candleholders. Two books and a white rock also decorate the table.
Hints of gold -- in the basket, candleholders and planter -- elevate the wood coffee table and catch the light that comes streaming in from the windows. When they're entertaining guests, the owners can use the serving tray to deliver drinks from the kitchen.