How To Style a Deep Corner Mantelpiece?

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Q: We are moving into a new apartment, which we absolutely adore. It's got all kinds of charm, like crown moldings and oodles of natural light. Best of all, it has a gorgeous working fireplace in the corner of the living room. We are planning to make it the focal point of the room, facing our couch directly towards the fireplace and placing the rug right in front of it. It's also the first thing you see when walking into the living room from the entryway, so we want it to make a statement:

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But because it's in the corner, the mantelpiece is a triangle. It's actually very deep, going back almost three feet to the point. That means we can't do the classic mantelpiece things, like leaning art or a mirror (or a TV) against the wall above the fireplace. We could just pretend there isn't space back there and style only the front line of the mantelpiece, but that seems like a wasted opportunity somehow. Also, we don't want it to look weird from the side, which is where our dining table is.

Help! Any ideas on how to creatively use that space?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.