Mirror vs art over the mantle, which is best? 5 pros and cons.

Mirror vs art

Mirror vs art. Let’s discuss the pros and cons To decide between mirror vs art over the mantle, there’s one important question to ask yourself: What is the view when I place the mirror over the mantle? In this room, the reflection of the mirror over the mantle is of a beautiful coffered ceiling!! Notice […]

Stained wood mantle versus white? Stacked stone versus polished stone?

When the builder asked a recent client to select their preferred stacked stone for their fireplace, I reminded them that their favoite fireplaces (in their wish list file) were all white, not stacked stone.It’s easy to get sidetracked when you’re making hundreds of decisions during new construction or remodeling. A wish list or favorite photo […]

Pros and cons of a TV over the fireplace, should my Television be above the mantle?

Clients often think they should definitely put the TV above the fireplace. There are alternatives you can consider.  In the top photo, their mantle was 5 1/2′ tall (due to code requirements), so the top of the TV would have been almost 9′ tall. According to ergonomic professionals & Physical Therapists, looking up to watch […]

How to decorate above the mantle

Above the mantle, make sure your art is large enough, and unique. It’s fine to use a mirror above the mantle as long as the reflection is something attractive (like the reflection of outdoor trees). The antique glass mirror shown below is nice, because you aren’t fixated on the reflection.  Or, If you don’t have […]