As you dream by the fire at the holidays, become inspired by these ideas for decorating your mantel. Whether you decide to go natural, display collections, create a dreamy winter scene or go a different direction this holiday season, decorating the mantel is one way to achieve a warm holiday look in your home.
One of the most traditional ways in which to decorate the mantel is with greenery. Garlands of evergreens with other natural elements such as pine cones and winter berries create a festive display above the hearth. Fruit can also be used to add color and interest to the mantel.
Create a winter wonderland with frosty ornaments and snow globes. Get creative with glass canisters and jars filled with snow and ornaments. Adhere snowflakes to garland and drape it across the mantel. Add candles in glass and reflective holders to cast a warm glow and create sparkle.
Go simple and elegant with peacock feathers and silver accents. Place a grouping of winter-blooming flowers such as poinsettia and amaryllis on the mantel. Accent these with gift-wrapped boxes and ribbons.
If you have a favorite holiday collection, display it on the mantel. Display one large grouping across the mantel at varying heights or a smaller grouping paired with greenery. A collection of snowmen paired with decorative trees or greenery draped among nutcrackers make displays that are full and festive.
Stockings are a favorite at the fireplace. Hang unique or personalized stockings stuffed with candy canes, gift-wrapped boxes and greenery. Hang across the mantel or group asymmetrically for a modern look.
Ornaments are not just for the tree. Place them within garland and greenery for a pop of color and added dimension. Display ornaments in a grouping of glass jars. Hang ornaments from garland at varying lengths to create a lively display.
If you have holiday dishes, use these as part of your mantel decoration. Simply prop them up on plate holders and accent with crystal glasses filled with snow or small tree ornaments.
Once you’ve created your holiday mantel display, pull up a comfortable chair, turn down the lights and enjoy.