Long Lean and Layered :: A Summer Mantel

One of my favorite items to use in a rental or in any house rented or owned is large architectural pieces, mirrors and large pieces of art.  For the most part, the larger something is, the more impact it has.  And over the years my go to items for impact have been shutters, doors, framed chalkboards and mirrors. But for our mantel, I’m addicted to shutters.

Many of you have seen my mantel countless times complete with two pair of wooden plantation shutters that I found at a thrift store. When they are alone, they have a calming affect. They were about $5 per pair and then I painted them Halcyon Green by Sherwin Williams~just some left over paint from my armiore.  The shutters are tall, textural, add a pop of color, and all I have to do is lean them up against the wall on our mantel.  No holes required.  Plus, they have knobs for opening that I use to layer a wreath or a frame.

Just for fun, here’s how our corner fireplace looked when we moved in.  You can read more about the 5 minute pretend brick chalkboard surround here.  And notice the wimpy little carving?  I always cover it up with a more substantial piece-that usually ends up crooked.   I did make two nail holes for that but they can easily be filled in.

In our last house we had one of those dreaded huge TV holes above our fireplace and I leaned shutters on the mantel to hide the hole and the TV in its nest of wires.  Now I still use the shutters but as a base to layer other things when I’m in the mood.  Perfect for a white walled, no holes allowed rental if that’s where you are right now.

Have you leaned something lately?

Need more ideas? Melissa from The Inspired Room wrote a great post about Leaning Artwork {large and small} with all sorts of tips and ideas for leaning and layering different sized items.