While I’m working on a detailed post about how we retrofitted our cabinets for our over-the-range microwave, I thought I’d ask for your feedback on our mantel.
I saw a picture of a mantel with a pair of wonderful black lanterns (in PB catalog? on a blog? I can’t remember…) and thought something like that would be perfect to bring some black onto the mantel to coordinate with the shelves on either side.
I found these at HomeGoods a few weeks ago:
What do you think? I’m not sure about them (notice I haven’t removed the tags even though it’s been a few weeks…). I thought the trellis pattern looked so cute in the store but at home it just seems like too much- too much black and too busy. Brian and our daughter like them, but I don’t really trust them (I always wonder if they say they like something just so I’ll stop talking about it ;-), so I thought I’d ask the decorator-type folks who read here for some input. Pretty please?
They’d probably look OK if the mirror were black, but I like that the mirror echoes the background of the side shelves:
You can see here the other black pieces I have on the shelves (and the HUGE black fireplace insert, but we’re just gonna pretend that’s not there, OK?), but for some reason I’m finding I don’t like the lanterns. I think it’s just too harsh.
Now I’m thinking maybe these would look good on the mantel, but what to do about the gold rims- paint them silver or black? Bring in some black with candles that have script writing or music on them like I’ve seen on some blogs?
Any ideas? I’m up for anything, so chime in if you’ve got a suggestion- I’m ready for a change!
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