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Design Dilemmas Andrea Mason of Perceptions Interiors is a professional interior designer who wants to help you upgrade your space

Your fireplace is the main attraction on these cold days and nights. It’s also an important focal point year round that can be easily changed out through the seasons. Here are a few important tips to make your mantel beautiful throughout the year. SYMMETRY VS ASYMMETRY There is no right or wrong answer here, but the latter is more forgiving when decorating. A few symmetrical ideas include hanging art work that is the same size above the mantel, or flanking a piece of art work or a mirror with matching greenery. Asymmetry can look more artsy and gives the decorator a chance to experiment with different mediums. Asymmetrical examples include incorporating a variety of accessories at different heights and weights to create an overall balanced look. However, there is an art to creating balance with asymmetry: The rule is to choose a tall, medium, and short item to avoid monotony. You can choose more than three things, but make sure they are still at varying heights and mediums. ACCESSORIZING A problem I see time and time again Is decorating your mantel with too many items of the same color, finish, or material. Add more texture to the mantel by utilizing different materials. For example, mix a glass vase, a wooden box, and antique, gold-framed artwork. Try not to over clutter the mantel which will make it look too busy and distracting. It’s better to select a few prized pieces. GOING GREEN Garland is a common decoration during the holidays, but this look can be used throughout the year by incorporating different plants or flowers. A beautiful planter or vase filled with seasonal flowers will add so much color to the space. Fresh flowers are ideal, but faux will give the look you want as well (with a lot less hassle). STAYING SEASONAL It’s important to change with the weather—your garland will look pretty out of place come March. You can fit the season with different types of greenery, as well as accessories. A bowl of seasonal fruit like lemons will look great on long summer days and pumpkins and gourds always fit the fall. MOUNTED TVS: YAY OR NAY? I say “yay,” but there are some exceptions. One of the biggest concerns is for the comfort of your head and strain on your neck with the TV being mounted so high—you’ll want to get a mounting bracket that tilts. Another issue when mounting the television above the mantel is to make sure TV doesn’t exceed the recommended temperatures that are on the unit’s technical specifications. Keeping these two considerations in mind, a TV above the fireplace will look great by consolidating two focal points in one spot. Your mantel has never looked better, so light a fire and make the most of these dark days and cold nights. —amason@thewcpress.com

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