Joanna Gaines attends the Build Series to discuss the new book "Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff" at Build Studio on October 18, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
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Joanna Gaines' Best Tips For Decorating Your Mantel
Interior designer and co-host of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” Joanna Gaines has had a lot of experience with mantels over her career and has shared many tips on decorating them.
One of her most notable suggestions is to embrace the beauty of plants, either real or fake, sharing, “Plants or faux greenery add life and movement to your mantel.”
Gaines also explains that it’s good to start with a larger piece that draws your attention, such as a unique statue or mirror, and to center your other decorations around it.
However, the interior designer noted, “If your anchor piece seems to be dominating the mantel, layer other visually interesting details in front of it, such as family photos.”
You can also stagger your photos and artwork with the larger pieces in the back partially obstructed by smaller ones in the front to make them more visually interesting.
Adding a wreath to the center of your mantel is a great way to begin decorating, as it creates a beautiful yet simple focal point that won’t distract from your other decorations.
Gaines also often adds objects like candles, hardback books, and vases of flowers on each side of the mantel to frame the decorations in the center.
While you may want to place all your favorite pictures and memorabilia on the mantel, overcrowding can make the space look cluttered and take attention away from your pieces.