Perched above the fireplace, the mantel is a natural focal point for any room – and the perfect place to express your holiday style. This year, stoke up the intrigue of your mantelscape with these festive ideas.
Find the Central Focus
A wreath overflowing with glittered picks, shimmering ribbon, gold ornaments and gilded pine cones is alluring all on its own. But when you place it in front of a gorgeous mirror or antique window, it gains additional dimension and context.
Repurpose an accessory you might traditionally display on a dining or buffet table – like an heirloom Nativity, holiday collectible or crystal bowl filled with ornaments – as the star of your mantel. Accompanied by greenery and candlelight, it becomes an impactful mantelscape.
Experiment with Greenery
Rather than simply draping a garland across the mantel, elevate the drama by hanging it high above. Or flank the fireplace with two swags. For a look that is slightly unexpected yet still classic, hang two small wreaths at different heights above the mantel, rather than centering one larger wreath.
Don’t hold back on embellishing your greenery to set the tone for the room. Many of our collections are pre-decorated with ornaments, faux flowers, jeweled stems and ribbons, but you also can add your own keepsake ornaments, candy canes, crystal garlands or even miniature bells, depending on the style of your space.
Think Beyond Traditional Design
Create an eclectic look by placing a nutcracker and oversized ornaments on each side of the mantel. Use a larger accessory on one side, balanced by a slightly smaller accessory on the other.
Transform your cherished holiday memories into a conversation-starting focal point. Display favorite photos in festive or jeweled frames placed across the mantel. Anchor the vignette with candelabra, a mirror or candles on pedestals, then fill in any space between the frames with sprigs of greenery, ornaments or small holiday collectibles.
No matter your style, the holidays are a time to get creative and spread some cheer. Visit our Decorating Guide for more festive ways to deck every space in your home.