Home Staging Chicago: Accessorizing the Fireplace Mantel

Reblogger Kevin Vitali
Real Estate Agent with EXIT Realty- Massachusetts Short Sales & Residential Sales

I am a big proponent of home staging what is it?.  I believe almost every home can benefit from bringing in a home stager.  Preparing your home is a key piece of selling your home quickly and for top dollar.  Here in New England a fireplace is something that can be used for over half of the year and can be a desirable feature for many home buyers.  Learn on how to make it stand out with this great home staging article on staging a fireplace mantle.

Original content by Margaret Gehr

When you live in colder climates like we do in the Chicagoland area, a fireplace is a true benefit that home buyers love. When selling your home, just as with any other asset, it is important to showcase them in the best possible light. As a professional home staging company, we do that by drawing the eye through art and accessories. 

Accessorizing the Fireplace Mantel

Fireplaces come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Some are traditional or modern. Others are brick or glass. Scale and location are other issues altogether. Some take center stage, while others are tucked away in awkward locations. 

stone fireplaces chicagoland home staging

When accessorizing the fireplace mantel, it is important that your eye is immediately drawn up. Adding height makes the ceiling feel taller. By varying the height up and down, it brings your eye across the room and provides flow. 

accessorizing the fireplace mantel

Sometimes stone fireplaces don't allow for nails to be hung and artwork must be leaned against the wall. Scale is the most important feature when this occurs. 

art across the fireplace mantel

When fireplaces receed into the background, artwork can make it stand out. In this case, the fireplace took more than 1/3 of the height of the wall but still faded away. By adding 3 pieces horizontally, the fireplace is both balanced and elongated. 

chicagoland fireplace hidden fireplace

Sometimes fireplaces are put in locations that don't lend themselves to actually being part of the room. In this case, accessorizing may move beyond the mantel and to the floor. The area rug in this room bridges the gap, drawing you in, and making the room connect. 

tv over fireplace

And finally, sometimes the mantek needs to be left alone and the space above becomes fully about functionality. Many families opt to hang their TV above the fireplace, particularly in smaller spaces. 

Showcasing the features of a Chicagoland Home

There are all sorts of options for decorating a fireplace mantel. The most important thing is to remember that flow and function go hand in hand, and that when staging, that the eye is drawn to it. A fireplace is, after all, a great feature in your Chicagoland Home. 


Margaret Gehr is the principle owner of Chicagoland Home Staging, servicing the greater Chicago area for home staging, redesign, and design projects. We work in both occupied and vacant homes. 



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Kerry L Klun, Broker/Owner
Palm Realty - Melbourne, FL

Great staging information in this blog.  Thanks Margaret!

Oct 20, 2013 04:02 AM #1
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Agreed on a home looking it's best and this one certainly does Kevin!

Oct 20, 2013 06:37 AM #2
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Excellent staging advice!  One added thing:  Don't hang a mirror over the fireplace.  It isn't functional...usually too high to actually see yourself....and in pictures you usually see the reflection of the ceiling in the mirror!

Nov 03, 2013 02:34 AM #3
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