Make Your Mantel Shine this Holiday
Most mantelpieces get little attention throughout the year. We craft a thoughtful vignette of pictures and decorative objects, then leave it be for months at a time. But the holidays are the perfect time to give that forgotten mantel a new look. Here, a few options for sprucing up ol' Saint Nick's entry point with ease.
For a contemporary look, channel the colors of winter frost with white, silver, and light blue.
Fill apothecary jars with ornaments and tinsel for the holiday, or try natural elements in reds, golds and browns for a warm and inviting vibe.
Red berries instantly add a dose of Christmas cheer.
Not in the mood for boughs of holly? Keep your mantle simple with a grouping of white, flickering candles. Their warm glow will be appreciated all through the holidays–and throughout the rest of the year as well.
Keep it simple with little more than a swath of garland.
... Or dress your garland up with lots of lights, berries, and, of course, a stocking hung by the chimney with care.
A collection of vases can hold season-specific plants throughout the year. These tulips read spring, but switch them out for boughs of evergreens, poinsettia or berries and you've got an arrangement to last all winter.
Try switching out the usual hefty mirror or picture over your fireplace for a festive wreath, like this one made from magnolia leaves.
Forage your backyard for boughs, then add a few decorative elements from around your house – instant mantelpiece!
Ideabook updated on April 22, 2012.
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