Beautifully decorated chimney breasts and mantelpieces adorn the pages of premium interior design magazines on a monthly basis, but creating something similar at home would probably cost you an arm and a leg. That doesn’t mean you have to miss out though, so we’ve put together a guide to making the most of your mantelpiece without spending a fortune.
Family Photo Wall
Why not use the focal point of the room as a place to hang your favourite family photos? Keep an eye out for ornate vintage photo frames in thrift stores and pick up some cheaper ones from homeware stores until you’ve built up a mismatched collection. Paint them different colours to complement the room’s colour scheme and arrange them unevenly on the wall for a kitsch effect.
To make a room feel cosier, if you have an older house, you consider chipping away at the plaster to reveal the original brickwork underneath. If your house is a new-build, you could call in a professional to render it for you; it would be a more expensive option, but the finished effect is completely worth it. Exposed brickwork looks particularly good on a chimney breast that houses a traditional wood burning stove like the ones from Glowing Embers, so if you already have one of those, then this is the option to go for.
Forget bold floral prints and modern stripes; when it comes to wallpapering, you should go for something a little more out of the ordinary. Wallpaper printed with the world map can transform your chimney breast into a sophisticated, unique feature if you choose a design that matches the rest of your décor, but if that’s not your thing, there are hundreds of unusual designs available online if you’re willing to hunt around.
If you can’t find an unusual wallpaper that fits the bill, then you could go for a wall sticker instead. From animal prints to iconic quotes and phrases, wall stickers are easy to apply and can simply be peeled off when you fancy a change. They give the illusion that the design has been carefully painted on, but it’s far simpler than that, just take a look at this online tutorial and see for yourself.
So, whether you go for the rustic look or get experimental with a unique wallpaper design, making the most of your mantelpiece can be quick, easy and doesn’t have to break the bank if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves ready for a bit of DIY.