Why are fireplace mantels so darn tricky? They’re easy to overthink—and to over decorate. Kelly wrote to me shortly after Christmas saying she wasn’t quite sure what to do with hers after taking the decorations down.
I love the mirror and would keep the basket on the hearth, but I would take the lanterns away. The black feels a little heavy. (I would work them in somewhere else in the room, if possible…)
I think simple is the best policy when it comes to mantel decorating. I don’t necessarily love exact symmetry but it does look better if both sides are balanced. Working from the left of the mantel, I’d start with a grouping of blue and white vases. She mentioned that she already has some other touches of blue in the room (see the artwork below) so this would be another way to repeat the color. You don’t necessarily have to have that many vases but I’d go for an odd number. She could add a branch of greenery (fresh or faux) to one of the vases for some height and color.
To the right of the mirror, I would layer and lean a couple of pieces of art. I found another print to bring in more blue and would balance it out with something more neutral (like the piece I suggested below or a framed black and white photograph). Since the art is bigger and visually heavier than the vases, I’d put them on the right side to balance out the weight of the chair to the left of the fireplace.