If your fireplace has a mantel, adorn it with a handful of well-placed accessories. Flanking your hanging or propped artwork with a matching pair of objects results in a classic, symmetrical look. Good options include vases, statuary, branched candelabra or tall, slender lamps.What is the standard size of a fireplace mantle?
For a quick reference, a 36-inch fireplace will probably have a mantel width of 48 inches. A 42-inch fireplace will probably have a mantel width of 54 inches. The mantel should not be so wide that it reaches anything else, like a wall, window or door.What is the mantle of a fireplace?
The fireplace mantel or mantelpiece, also known as a chimneypiece, originated in medieval times as a hood that projected over a fire grate to catch the smoke. The term has evolved to include the decorative framework around the fireplace, and can include elaborate designs extending to the ceiling.