When we first moved into our Avalon home, we focused on furniture. The big ticket items. We were coming from loft living and though this home is not big, it was awfully empty.
Nearly a year later, we're getting around to the business of art and details. These things, are not selections I like to rush through. I'd prefer if, instead, we slowly acquired art from trips and outings and could then associate a good memory, or vacation or supporting a local artist with it. We've found a few things over the last year that way but not nearly enough. So we're going to move that process along a little bit with an intentional search for mantel artwork. We'll still look to acquire the decorative items more slowly and should we stumble upon a unique piece of art we love at a gallery or on a trip, nothing here is set in stone, so we'll still buy as we find things.
One of the key placements for art is a fireplace mantel. Initially, we filled our mantel with artwork we already owned (see top photo for our first go at the mantel). Though we love those pieces of art, purchased from a very talented friend and Anthropologie, we have other locations in the house for those and we've decided to decorate the mantel starting from scratch. This exercise of mocking up options has been very helpful in understanding how the mood of the artwork changes the entire mood of the space. Our mantel is currently decorated for the holidays, so we're hoping to settle on a new plan soon!
If you remember my post about wall art awhile back, then you'll recall I have a handful of "go-to" sources when selecting wall art for clients. Over the many trips to these websites, while searching on behalf of clients, I've bookmarked (or pinned) items which I think could work for our home.
We have gone through a couple dozen options and narrowed down the top 9 scenarios we considered for our mantel update.
What is the starting point? What colors or themes are we considering for this project? Black, gold and jewel tones would be the starting point for colors (but we're open minded on that) and there is no theme that we feel especially beholden to. We love imagery of architecture, imagery that transports or reminds us of a place we've been or would like to go to and abstracts in colors that inspire. We do want something decidedly more modern or contemporary as opposed to antiques or vintage.
We haven't made our final decision on which direction we're going. We both are drawn to more than a few of these options. I am leaning towards the Parisian rooftop option and he the white architectural photo but we're waiting until another piece of art we bought for the opposing wall shows up next week so we can better understand what impact that will be having on the room as well. That piece is nearly 5' wide so it's definitely going to have an impact.
Alas....the options. These are in NO PARTICULAR ORDER. I've added thumbnails for an at-a-glance view of them all first. Then added each image with text explaining why it's an option for us and resources to purchase yourself. Unfortunately, I can't make the comments section work but visit our Instagram and tell us which you like!
I loved mocking these up. I could have made a dozen more (actually, I DID make about a half-dozen more that didn't make the cut!).
If you would like to get some help figuring out the right solution for your mantel, let us know! You would send us images of the room (all perspectives) and separate images of any art you want us to include, and we will come up with 3 mock-ups for you...$195 flat fee for our time.
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