Mantel Decor

5 Festive Mantel Decor Tips for the Holidays

It’s that merry time of year again. Soon the snow will start to fall, and Christmas trees with strands of twinkly lights will go up. Are you ready to turn your home into a winter wonderland this holiday season? Since a fireplace is traditionally considered the heart of a home, you might want to turn it into the centerpiece of your holiday decor. Here are some tips on how to use your mantel decor to create a festive atmosphere.

1. Start With a Creative Color Palette

To keep your theme consistent, you should first decide on the color palette you want to use. Whether you choose to go for the traditional red and green color scheme or you want something more subdued or a little unconventional, your options are limitless.

For an elegant, neutral look, you can try bright white and silver. If you’re looking for something fresh and new, consider color combinations such as ice blue and silver, pink and copper, or hot pink and apple green. You can pull accent colors for your decorations from a previous year and then give them a new spin by introducing a new color or two.

2. Spruce It Up With Natural Elements

Since you’ll be spending more time indoors during the winter months, you might want to bring in natural decor to enhance the sights and scents in your home. In between the usual holiday candles, lights, stockings, ornaments, and mementos, you can punctuate your mantel with neutral and natural accents, which can include fresh garlands made of pine branches, leaves of holly, tree branches, cinnamon bark, pinecones, acorns, tree bark, burlap, and raffia for a warm and textured look. By mixing up the textures in your holiday decor, you can create a truly unique mantel.

Natural Holiday Decor

Natural elements can bring your holiday decor to life.

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3. Make It Sparkle and Shine

The holidays are a magical time and nothing quite captures this feeling like the sparkle you get from details such as mercury glass, shimmery metals, and whimsical glitter. When decorating your mantel, you might want to incorporate details that sparkle and shine. From mercury ball ornaments gathered inside bowls to silver and bronze candlesticks and vases, you can personalize your mantel with a little bit of glamour and whimsy. If you don’t have a fireplace, you can create a mantel concept by using a wall shelf or decorating the top of a credenza for a holiday-themed tablescape. You can set twinkle lights or candles all around to really make everything shine.

A Christmas Holiday Tablescape

Shiny, metallic, and glittery accents add glamour to your mantel.

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4. Add Some Nostalgia

Kitschy Christmas decor such as bottle brush Christmas trees, old-fashioned wooden Santas, or toy soldier ornaments are always a fun addition. For a sentimental touch, you can also include some vintage family holiday photos or your favorite Christmas cards from over the years, which you can string up along a garland, hanging from clothespins.

5. Make a Statement

As the final touch on all of your mantel decor, you can make a literal statement. You can do this by including some kind of a sign with seasons greetings on it, or some oversized letters spelling out a cheery message, such as “JOY” or “MERRY.” Make it the focal point of your mantel to tie everything in your theme together beautifully.

This holiday season, let your creativity shine when decorating your mantel and every space in your home. With some carefully chosen colors, textures, and details that speak to your personality, you can compose an eye-catching display and set a festive mood.

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