Your chimney is a substantial architectural feature, and your mantlepiece looks very narrow by comparison. Unless you want to widen your mantle piece by fixing a wider, matching timber board to the top of the existing mantle piece, then the size of anything that will fit on your mantlepiece is very limited, and will seem incongruous and out of scale with the chimney.
I would forget putting anything on the mantlepiece (unless you can increase the width) and consider wall sconces that shine light up and down over the beautiful stonework. Or depending on what is opposite the fireplace a very large, tall mirror that will reflect your beautiful timber rafters, or a combination of mirror, and lighting.
Whatever you do go large and bold so it is in keeping with the scale of the architecture.
Best of luck,
of Dr Retro House Calls
Hi Kel. What about a framed piece of art, some candles in candlesticks of various heights, a potted trailing indoor plant? If you have any collectables, you could draw from them to get you started. You mentioned ceramics. Perhaps pottery?
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Hi, Kel I would suggest a contrasting piece of art with warm colours.
I think the timber mantle (not sure if it is timber) is too high. Could be lowered about 300mm. Also would seem more complete with a hearth. The photo provided by Dr Retro House Calls above has a hearth and there are other ways you build a hearth. You could make a new matching hearth and mantle out of heavy stone. All the best, Michael
Hi Kel,Megan from Bluethumb online art gallery here. I agree with Ann and Quadrant Design that a feature artwork would look great on the mantelpiece. The dark grey stone would be the perfect background to offset a bright piece. With the scale of the room and fireplace, the piece needs to be large or else risk getting lost in the room.I've compiled a few suggestions around a couple of different themes for you to look at.If you're after a bold pop of colour, then these pieces from some of our most popular artists could be great:https://bluethumb.com.au/helenhelenjoynsonco/Artwork/moonlightinghttps://bluethumb.com.au/sacha-beverley/Artwork/i-wish-for-acceptancehttps://bluethumb.com.au/photography/martine-perret/artwork/la-reverie-turquoisehttps://bluethumb.com.au/brewman/Artwork/forest-of-colours-ron-brownOr you could harmonise with the timber beams with some earthy tones:https://bluethumb.com.au/dinah-wakefield/Artwork/moonlight-on-the-oceanI've mocked this one up for you: