Your fireplace mantel serves as a focal point in your den, family room or outdoor porch. Since you undoubtedly spend a lot of time there, you want to decorate it so you can enjoy it year-round. A successful design can inspire guests just as it keeps you grounded in your home. Rustic mantel décor is one way to ensure you get as many “ooh’s” as “aah’s.”
Fireplace hearth decor also provides an exceptional platform for integrating the look of the entire room. You can mix your favorite rustic pieces, newest modern art and most comfortable recliner in a space with rustic mantel décor that brings it all together.
While the terms “modern” and “rustic” seem to be anti-thematic on the surface, they actually can complement each other. Modern rustic décor is a common decorating term in 2015. Embraced by the design community, it is a theme that homeowners who love the outdoors as much as a modern sensibility are beginning to discover.
And rustic mantel décor fits in ideally with this trend. “Rustic” refers to stone, wood and other natural elements in a room. That could include a wood floor, stone fireplace or high ceiling beams. It usually refers to open floorplans rather than closed, confined spaces. The “Modern” aspect speaks to the surround sound, integrated wi-fi and large screen that also fill the living space in your house.
Rustic Mantel Décor with Modern Touches
One of the most seamless ways to incorporate modern rustic décor over the fireplace is with a piece of art, such as a woven basket sculpture by Matt Tommey sitting gracefully beneath a 49-inch screen for TV, movies and Internet use. When you place a screen above the mantel, rely on art and rustic designs that won’t interrupt your view. You can order a custom piece from Matt to fit the exact parameters you need.
Modern and rustic fit like puzzle pieces on your mantel when you display a modern painting on the front of the chimney face and place long, tall baskets woven from trees and vines at each corner of the mantel. Set a neo-classic 70s-style tall vase beside a rustic basket overflowing with colorful flowers. Place long-stemmed silk plants in rustic vases in a setting that includes cubist glass pieces. The mix of decorations is limited only by your imagination when you choose this style.
Bringing the Room Together
What makes modern rustic décor such an ideal complement to a room are the neutral colors typically found in its designs. While you may decide to go with modern stark white walls with a bright red side wing, the earth tones found in rustic décor won’t clash. In fact, they’ll soften the boldness, ironically creating a sense of harmony.
If you keep your space alive with seasonal changes, like red and green over the winter holidays and pastels in the spring, your rustic mantel décor will fit right in. The earthen hues match every color that Pantone can throw at it. And the earth colors and textures balance the modern amenities and technology you enjoy. Everything fits together — modern and rustic, earth and designer, imagination and creation.
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Matt Tommey is a sculptural basketry artist working in Asheville, North Carolina's River Arts District.