Ideas for Your Christmas Mantel
For most living rooms, the fireplace is often the focal point of the room. At Christmastime, draped with greenery and holiday decor, it becomes even more so. With Christmas less than six weeks away, I've been searching for some fresh, yet traditional ideas for decorating the mantel. I found some truly beautiful ones to share.
This mantel design is so versatile. It has the look and feel of a window, complete with a windowbox. At Christmastime you could fill it with greenery, ornaments and lights. Come spring, it could be filled with florals in pretty spring green and pastel colors. The mirrored window reflects the sparkling lights and enhances the illusion that it's a window.
Create another little world atop your mantel complete with snow-covered houses and a church. For an even more dramatic look, drape a snow-covered swag down across the front. The red ribbon swirling through and around ties it in beautifully with the other colors in the room.
Elegant, yet a bit rustic...this would fit in beautifully with the Rustic Chic ideabook created by Becky, a fellow contributor. The silver candles contrast nicely with the rustic feel of the pine cones and twig and berry garland.
If you prefer a more subdued color palette, consider decorating your mantel in green and white. A magnolia garland and blooms combined with green and white stockings make for a soothing holiday mantelscape.
Green and white works well in a room where red would not fit in with the rest of the decor. A green and white color scheme will actually work in almost any room.
Artificial greenery has come a long way. It's difficult to tell the faux from the real without actually touching it. So go with faux and you can use it year after year.
Here's another beautiful example of a mantel decorated in subdued elegance. It's classic and stately and reminds me very much of the Christmas decor you'll find in Colonial Williamsburg.
If garland and pine cones feels a bit too subdued, add in touches of gold. Gold is stunning with the green and brown colors of the garland and cones. The overmantel is beautifully decorated in the same manner as the mantel. If you like this look but can't find real pine cones in the jumbo size, I've seen some very realistic ones in stores this year.
Though this mantel is decorated simply, it feels lush and abundant due to the fullness of the swagged garland and fluffy wreath.
If stately and subdued isn't the look you're going for this Christmas, think lots of baubles and beads in bright reds and greens. Swag them across the mantel for a dramatic effect.
Let's breakdown the elements and individual parts that went into this beautifully decorated mantel. We see magnolia garland accented with pine cones and ivy...all entwined with beads, lights and lots of bright red ribbon. The silver compotes and trophies add a bit of sophistication to the whole arrangement.
Here's the candlelight view. Notice how the mirror placed in the back of the fireplace enhances the candlelight effect. It feels magical.
If you have a rock fireplace, considered using garland in a bright green color. The look is beautiful against the colors in the rock. A few touches of red will make it all pop. Notice how your eye is drawn to the red on the mantel and to the poinsettias on the floor.
Are you going with traditional colors this year for your mantel, or do you have something else in mind?
Ideabook updated on Nov. 23, 2010.
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