3 Panel Prints Are Ideal For That Space Above Your Mantel
If you've never heard of triptychs, they're simply a style of wall art that consist of 3 panels.
A single image can be divided into 3, or the 3 prints can be of individual images that follow a theme.
I've written an article that explains this style of wall art in more detail:
They're a wonderful style of wall art that are ideal for many spaces around the home.
Triptychs can be a fabulous choice of wall art for your fireplace wall.
Above the fireplace is prime real estate for artworks of all styles, including mirrors, clocks & other ornaments.
A Guide To Displaying Art Over Your Mantel
But triptych wall art prints are unique & may be the ideal solution for the space above your mantel.
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Vertical Or Horizontal Layout
Because triptychs can be an image divided vertically or horizontally, they can be used to great effect to fit within a certain wall space.
The photograph above is an ideal composition for a triptych.
It's perfectly suited to be divided vertically & works well within the wall space between the 2 shelving units.
Abstract images & paintings can be more adaptable when it comes to dividing the artwork horizontally, but certain photographs will also work.
Both these examples look great above this fireplace.
Vertical lines can make the wall space appear taller, whilst the opposite is true of horizontal lines that create the illusion of a wider wall space.
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The wall space above fireplaces can all be different.
Especially more modern fireplaces, they don't have the standard mantel & protruding chimney breast.
A triptych can also be 3 different images or designs that follow a theme.
The fireplace in the above image isn't central to the wall, but the 3 panel prints are centred on the wall & create a nice balance.
The picture frames work well too, tying in with the other décor elements.
The mantel is ideal for placing your favourite ornaments & other trinkets.
Depending how tall some of these ornaments are, they can hinder putting up a single artwork, especially a larger print.
Triptych art is able to be staggered, meaning you can still create a wonderful display & incorporate the artwork as well.
Minimal Doesn't Mean Boring
The fireplace itself can often be the main feature in a room.
Especially if your style is more minimalistic, you may not want a load of ornaments on the mantel or décor accessories.
A tastefully chosen triptych can be all that's needed to add some interest or to accentuate the focal point of the fireplace.
The subject matter of the image can also reflect the style of the room & inject some colour.
When There's No Space Above The Mantel
Not all wall space above the fire lends itself to hanging artwork.
Perhaps it's tall & narrow, or the fireplace is positioned off-centre & a triptych simply wouldn't work.
The tall & narrow chimney breast of the fireplace above isn't well suited for a 3 panel print.
But the 3 framed images create a defined space to the side where the firewood is kept.
The white frames really pop against the darker green wall too & also have a visual connection with the white of fireplace itself.
This fireplace sits flush to the wall & is also quite close to the opposite wall, allowing no real room to organise a triptych print.
Off to the side & centred above the sofa, these triptychs create a wonderful sense of balance.
The colours in the prints also compliment the sofa & the white frames accent the cacti pots.
I really like fireplaces, they always makes a house feel .. well, more homely.
Triptych prints are an ideal choice for artwork that incorporate well in & around the fireplace.
They're a style of art that's interesting to experiment with too, finding images that can be cropped in 3 different ways.