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When decorating for Christmas, one of the first things we consider after the tree is the mantel. A fireplace is one of the most focal points in any room. Since the mantel is the feature in the room, it deserves the best décor to tie the holiday theme and style of the room together. There are many themes for holiday decorating and the choices are really up to your sense of style. These mantel decorating ideas for the holidays can apply to any themes you choose.
Whether you choose a more minimal and modern approach or more of a traditional and whimsical look, these tips will get your mantel decked out for the holiday season. The great thing about decorating mantels is that you can use a number of things from garland, candles, art, frames, florals to other existing pieces in your home. Whatever you choose, try to keep the theme consistent with the overall style of the room so the decorations are complimentary to the design.
When decorating the mantel, add layers to provide dimension and to add texture to the space. Layering in garland, with candlesticks and a wreath over an existing mirror creates that depth that is key to every design. You can start with the bigger items and then start placing smaller items around the big pieces to compliment the shapes and sizes. Be careful not to hide items in the background. The pieces should overlap those behind them, but you still need to be able to see the item in the back.
Symmetry is a fundamental principle in interior design and it applies to mantel decorating. Your mantel is like a piece of furniture so think about its size while figuring out placement. You can add art or a mirror in the center and work pieces coming off of the tallest piece in a triangular composition or flank them on either side. Another way to create symmetry is to have coordinating pieces on opposites ends of the mantel that has similar heights like vases, candlesticks, or greenery. The items that you choose do not have to be matching, they just need to have similar weights to keep the look balanced.
The best way to set the mood is by the warmth of lighting. Illuminate the mantel with a collection of candles mixed in with some garland or greenery. You can also cover the mantel with string lights or the battery-operated twinkle lights, they put off a soft warm glow that is perfectly mixed in with garland or inside glass jars or candleholders. The light also adds depth and reflection when used with a mirror to create a luxurious feel.
When it comes to Christmas, you can’t help but think of the famous line “the stockings are hung by the chimney with care.” If you don’t fill stockings at Christmas, they are not required but they add a personal touch to the mantel. Stockings in traditional red, green or white colors are a great way to add interest to the fireplace. The stockings can be all one color for a unified design or eclectic with a variety of colors, fabrics, or patterns. Add in a wintry touch with faux fur or beaded stockings that dazzle. Lastly, hang stockings with stocking holders or clips for a low-profile look.
TV over the mantel? No problem! You can still decorate the mantel when a TV is hung above the mantel. Garland and other low florals are your best bet. Lay them across your mantel or drape half of the garland off of the mantel. The garland cascading off to one side creates a dramatic focal point. Real or faux greenery looks great with small floral sprays and ornaments added throughout the garland to bring it to life. Overall, just focus on low items under the TV. Depending on the space and the scale of the TV, you can add in some candlesticks or vases on either side of the TV to keep the look well balanced.
Are you dreaming of a white Christmas or want pine garland and a woodland feel? Christmas decorating can be whatever you love. Using your existing décor is an easy way to start decorating. The pieces quickly fill up space and then holiday décor is added in. Keep the design well-balanced by placing similar pieces together. Lastly, group objects in pairs or odd numbers. If you need some glitz and glam this holiday and are not sure where to start, call Gracious Home Interiors. We would be happy to bring the joy of the holidays to your home.