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Hints to Style Fireplace Mantels from 4 Expert Designers

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Check out these 4 top designers advice on the best accessory for your home? How to style fireplace mantels, designer pet peeves and important insights they learned over their interior design career.

Interior Designer Victoria Elizabeth

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Interior designer Victoria Soloman sat down with Roomhints to talk about her interior design ideas, perspectives, and experience.

1. What is the best accessory to complete a room?    

Fresh flowers.

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2. How do you decide on the color scheme for the room?

Start with something that the client (you!) absolutely loves and go from there. Sometimes you just fall in love with something and you’re not sure why. But if and when you do, why not base the room around that color, finish, or texture?

3. The secret to style fireplace mantels?    

I find the trick with all fireplace mantels that I design is the triangle method! Make sure your items create a triangular form (the center should hold the largest and tallest piece, and then two smaller but different shapes on the bottom left and right).

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4. Designer pet peeve?

Mixing metals. On some occasions it looks great, but for the most part, choose a finish and stick to it. For example, choose either all nickel or all chrome. Sometimes you can mix metals like iron and brass. But be mindful of metals that compete and don’t work well together in a space.

5. Without fail design hint that you have learned over your interior design career?    

Artwork should be hung so that the center of the piece is 57″ from the ground – unless there is a furniture piece under it. It’s the first step to help tie a space together. These elements won’t feel so disconnected from the furniture in the room. You’d be amazed at how many people have artwork that is hung way too high!

Do you agree that mixing metals is a no-no in the home? Sometimes, it can pay off to mix metals in a room. If you know what you’re doing, mixing metals can add dimension and interest to a space. Mixing metals can also mean a variety of things, from mixing warm and cool-toned metals to mixing finishes to mixing one type of metal hardware with different types of metal appliances as decorative pieces.

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For more information on Victoria Solomon, Interior Decorator of Victoria Elizabeth Design

Interior Designer Liz Tiesi

Designer Liz Tiesi shares some of her best interior design ideas with Roomhints.

1. What inspires you when you begin a design scheme?

I look at the underlying color scheme that is carried through a home and then try to play from that palette.

I might use a brighter version of the home’s basic color or use several shades of it in the same room.

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2. What is the best accessory to complete a room?

Fresh Flowers, branches, leaves and plants finish a room. Fruits and vegetables are great too

3. The secret to style fireplace mantels?

For me the trick to style fireplace mantels I choose objects you love and rearrange them until they are harmonious. It doesn’t have to be completely symmetrical or matching.

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4. Designer pet peeve? 

Too many knick-knacks. You must edit your space all the time.

5. Without fail design hint that you have learned over your interior design career?

You must mix many different types of textures within a space in order to create visual interest. Nothing is more flat than using one type of fabric or material within the same room.

You heard it here: often times, the color scheme is the best place to start when designing a home. Check out our article on selecting the perfect color scheme here.

How do you choose a color scheme for your house? There are plenty of ways to pick a coherent color palette for your home. If you have an important design piece, such as a piece of furniture, a piece of artwork, or a rug, you can pull colors from there and use that piece as a jumping off point. Interior designers also often take a look at a client’s wardrobe because that can provide insight on the type of colors that a client gravitates towards and will feel comfortable living in. Of course, a neutral palette with pops of color will never go out of style.

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Another way to pick your color scheme is to pick a dominant color, a secondary color, and an accent color. When picking the color scheme, be sure you ask yourself what your vision for the space is. Do you want it to be dark and cozy? Light and airy? Blue and serene or bright and colorful? All of these things will inform your decisions about your home’s color scheme.

For more information on Liz Tiesi visit her site.

Interior Designer Rachel Blindaur

Rachel Blindauer shares some of her best interior design ideas with us. Keep reading to learn more!

1. What inspires you when you begin a design scheme?

The color scheme is based on what flatters the client, which is often reflected in the colors that they typically wear and gravitate toward. This boils down to a summer, spring, fall, or winter color palette customized for them.

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2. What is the best accessory to complete a room?

Sculptures and paintings add color, interest, and dimension to a room.

3. The secret to style fireplace mantels?

My secret to style fireplace mantels is I love to keep it simple with a large gorgeous painting. All paintings should be as large as possible in order to create strong focal points.

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4. Designer pet peeve? 

Bad lighting. I hate when lighting blinds people or is not highlighting the focal points in the room. I have been known to adjust spotlights on a whim. Dimmers on all lighting is a must in rooms for entertaining and bedrooms.

 

5. Without fail design hint that you have learned over your interior design career?

Mix newly manufactured clean lines with natural textures and fabrics or art with a hand painted feel. The mix creates depth and warmth.

Getting paintings for the home is an important task. You have to make sure that you invest in good, high-quality pieces that you love and that reflect your style and personality. You also have to make sure that you frame them well and hang them at the right height. Paintings can really frame a room!

Rachel is not the only one who loves paintings for the home. Read our interview with Adeline Bron to learn how she uses paintings to style a mantel and design a color scheme.

For more information on Rachel Blindauer check out her site

Interior Designer Kim Radovich

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Kim Radovich shares some of her best design hints with Roomhints.

1. What is the best accessory to complete a room?

Flowers. They make a room come alive. They also brighten and add color. They’re an easy and fun way to add a little something to a room.

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2. How do you decide on the color scheme for the room?

The client usually gives me a general idea of colors that they love and then I decide how to interpret that with a color story that I think will work well within the space. The process is a mix of the client’s preferences and my own interior design expertise.

3. The secret to style fireplace mantels?

It’s all about highs, lows, and proportions, whether symmetrical or asymmetrical. Heights, shapes, finishes, etc all come into play. You want to create interest and dimension using different objects, textures, accents, etc.

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4. Designer pet peeve?

Some of my designer pet peeves are too much overhead lighting, matching sets of furniture, too many floor finish transitions, and clamshell mouldings.

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5. Without fail design hint that you have learned over your interior design career?

Never underestimate the power of natural light.

For more information on Kim Radovich Designs check out her site.

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