For this latest mantel idea, I decided to go with a dark navy blue. It’s the perfect backdrop color to showcase a carefully edited grouping of collectibles.
Fireplace Mantel #20- Going Dark
1. The fireplace mantel, walls and trim all got the same treatment- a base coat of black (Benjamin Moore PM) and a finished coat of navy blue (custom mix). Instead of a roller, I used a brush. Yes…it does take longer, but the results are so much better. It allows for texture and blending of colors that you just can’t get with a roller.
2. Several sheets of blue and white delft tile wrapping paper (similar) covers the firebox.
3. Mantel Accessories- Less is definitely more. An antique frame with an old photo taped in the center hangs above the mantel. The shelf holds two vintage teapots (the red one is from Hall China c. 1940 and the other from Burleigh), a blue/white planter and a wooden lamp base made by my father. Punches of red makes the display eye-catching.
4. Other- Fireplace tools with brass handles and a stump painted red.
(Photos & Styling- © 2014 Martha Browne)
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