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As a space to come together, exchange stories and create memories, the fireplace truly is the heart of every home — so why not make it a beautiful focal point? Read on to learn 4 ways to style your fireplace and mantel like a designer that combine artwork, texture and balance to transform a lacklustre hearth into the centre of attention.

1. The Minimalist Route

Display one or two key pieces around your fireplace to elevate the area, without it feeling crowded. An industrial clock and wooden details add texture and visual interest to the space, while maintaining a minimalistic feel.


Pictured: The Belfountain model home at Empire Calderwood in Thorold, ON.

2. Choose to Elevate

Create visual interest by building upward as opposed to outward. When designing this fireplace display, a bundle of branches was used to incorporate a natural element and add height. To make the room appear larger, a mirror was placed on the mantel, in addition to a variety of candle sticks to create depth.


Pictured: The Vibrant model home at Empire Legacy in Thorold, ON.

3. Make Use of Monochrome

Pick a singular colour to dominate, and style using its complementary hues. Keep in mind that earth tones are ideal for this technique. In this model home, a green painting was chosen to add a subtle pop of colour while vases in various shades of brown complement the frame and make the space cohesive.


Pictured: The Windermere model home at Empire Livingston in Hagersville, ON. 

4. Contrast is Key

Using a variety of shapes, colours and sizes of items on your mantel will draw your eyes across the entire display. The contrast between black and cream decor pieces is balanced by organic shapes and textures to keep the space welcoming and visually appealing.


Pictured: The Dryden model home at Empire Calderwood in Thorold, ON.

Feeling inspired? Check out these designer-approved tips to maximize every space in your home and learn how you can amp up your current design style based on your zodiac sign.


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