Some ideas for decorating over a fireplace include layering pieces of art on the mantel to create a multi-dimensional look and using the mantel as a support base instead of hanging pictures on the wall above. A mantel can also hold mixed-sized pieces of sculpture that fit a theme.
Hanging a mirror in the center of a mantel and installing sconces on each side creates a symmetrical look. Hanging art that fills the entire width and height over the mantel with only a few inches of margin around the edges can also be effective. When using multiple decorative pieces to display on a mantel, decorators advise limiting the number of objects to avoid a cluttered look.
Pictures or photographs can be hung on the wall above the fireplace in a row or grid using the same size frames, or different size frames can rest on the mantel leaning against the wall. When decorating a white or neutral-colored mantel, bright or visually striking items such as vases with flowers or boldly colored artwork can provide a welcome contrast. For a less formal room in which the seating faces the fireplace, hang a flat-screen television above the fireplace mantel allows those in the room to enjoy the fireplace and TV at the same time.