Chimneys should be the focal point of a room, especially if they are made of brick, which is highly desirable and visually stunning. However, because the brick has such a strong impact, it may be difficult to decorate the mantel over brick fireplace mantels, especially if it is long.
The dark, rich wood looks great with brick. The walnut and cherry reds cajole well in brick. Try placing a bowl of polished wood on the sill and fill with colored glass beads or silver, pine cones or other unique items. The wooden candlesticks or silver also look great against the brick. Try placing family photos black and white or sepia tones within thick wooden frames on the fireplace mantels or silver.
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No matter what items you use exactly your fireplace mantels, it is important to achieve a visual balance. If you put a large item, like clockwork, at one end of the shelf, be sure to put something equally great in the other. Not necessarily have to be the same size. A group of handicapped candles can have the same impact as a clock. No disorders shelf with too many items either.