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How to style a mantel

A television over the fireplace has been an enduring trend
in recent years, but Stephenson cautions that you should
consider the mantel height before committing to a TV.
"Sometimes it's the only place in the room for a
TV, but if it's a raised hearth, it's really up too high and
causes neck strain," she says. "If there's another option,
I usually go with that."
Duncan says if the TV is over the fireplace, new TV
models can display artwork or a family photograph
when the TV is off-a more pleasing sight than a black
box. Specialty electronics stores, like Audiotronics and
Sound Decisions in Roanoke, can assist in choosing a
model that fits your space and needs.

If the mantel will be free of a TV, you have many
options. "You can either take a symmetrical approach,
where things are balanced, or be intentionally playful
and asymmetrical," says Duncan.
While mirrors are often chosen as an anchor piece,
be sure that it reflects an attractive view or light fixture.
"If you don't have something pretty to reflect, go with
a convex mirror," advises Duncan.
Your favorite piece of art will get a lot of attention
over the mantel, and don't be afraid to change it up
seasonally for a refresh. If symmetry makes your heart
sing, go for a pair of vases with fresh flowers/greenery
or matching candlesticks, or vary heights and objects
for an asymmetrical look. If you have an outlet, Duncan
says mantels are a good spot for lamps (aim for lamps
30-36 inches tall) and picture/library lights, which lend
ambiance at night. Accessories in accent colors reflected
elsewhere in the room tie everything together.

ABOVE:
Edith-Anne Duncan
designed this nook
with an art TV over the
mantel, which looks like
a painting when the TV is
not in use. Bookshelves
display kitchen treasures
in a symmetrical style.
AT RIGHT:
Beautiful books take
center stage on these
eclectic shelves.
Remove book jackets on
hardcovers and stash
paperbacks elsewhere for
a similar look.

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If you have a room in your house that doesn't feel
comfortable in some way-not enough walking space,
or if seating is too far apart for a conversation-Duncan
and Stepheson say you might need to reevaluate. Often,
furniture from another house just doesn't work when
you move to a new one. Even if you can't afford to buy
new furniture, your solution might lie in rearranging,
or removing pieces.
"Traffic flow is very important, and to achieve it in a
room you might need two or three conversation areas,
instead of one," says Duncan. Stephenson agrees, saying,
"You want to be able to go through the space easily, and
try not to block any seating into a corner, off by itself."
Avoid placing all the furniture against the walls,
leaving a blank space in the middle. Duncan says that in a
conversation area, you don't want the circle larger than 10
feet, or you'll be shouting at your guests or family members.
In a long rectangular room, you could have two sofas
back to back with a console between them, effectively
delineating the room. A circle of four sink-in chairs
around an ottoman, or a game table with chairs might
be a better use of space for your family's needs, so think
about how you'd like to use the space. A furniture plan
from a designer can cost about $200, and may save
money in the long run, if it prevents you from making
a bad furniture purchase.
In a room where you are working around multiple
entrances and exits, a rule of thumb from Stephenson
is to allow 36 to 42 inches of walking space. Don't
overstuff a room-less can be more, and will save your
shins from running into ill-placed furniture.
You're spending more time at home, so why not
make your abode as comfortable and relaxing as you
can? Follow these tips to restyle your spaces, and show
them off on your next Zoom call. I
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