Are you decking your halls yet? Here at StoneGable I am putting the finishing touches on a couple of room and keeping everything merry and bright! I almost always start Christmas decorating with my mantel! It’s in our family room and can be seen from the kitchen where I spend most of my time! Once my mantel is done I know that Christmas is in full swing. Here are a few tips to help you style the best Christmas mantel (or tabletop surface) ever!
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CHOOSE A FOCAL POINT
Every mantel design should always have a focal point. Something that draw our attention to the mantel. This Christmas I’m using a big star studded wreath to make a big statement!
My wreath is centered and my mantel design is pretty symmetrical, but a focal point can be off to the side as well!
Opt for big items on a mantel instead of lots and lots of little things. Little pieces can get lost in the expanse of a mantel. I’m not saying you can’t use small details, but mix them with large interesting items!
I have a big wreath, big window, big shutters, big plates and big pinecones flanking the sides of the mantel!
DECIDE ON A THEME
Because a mantel is focal point let’s choose what goes on it carefully and with purpose and thought. Choosing a theme is an easy way to “tell a story” on your mantel and have all the elements work together and look like they belong!
My theme this year is Christmas Stars!
DECIDE ON A COLOR SCHEME
Another way to make sure your mantel looks fabulous and cohesive is to choose the colors you are going to use! The more limited the number of colors the more sophisticated it will look. Color evokes such emotion in us. Are you using white, lights and neutrals for a calm, serene look or are you using bright metallics for a rich, sparkling feel!
This year I’m using very traditional Christmas colors with a splash of black. Black is an amazing color to add drama, class and sass!
NOTHING adds interest better than layering. This is one of my favorite techniques to make my mantel look attractive, interesting and detailed! Layer large items in the back and add smaller ones in front of them.
I layered a platter with the word “Chistmas” in front of an old chippy shutter and layered a pinecone candle on a pedestal in front of both of them.
Christmas is the time to add beautiful seasonal greens to our mantels! I love to display lots of various green across mine! However, greens don’t necessarily have to be green. They can be gilded or metallic or even frosted white. It’s that deck-the-halls feel that we are going for!
I’m using fir and pine and boxwood across my mantel this year!
ADD A SPLASH OF COLOR
A little color can wake up a mantel! Even if you are going for a neutral look this year, a pop of color will offset that calm look! It doesn’t even have to be a Christmassy color! No color is off limits!
This year I’m going traditional. My “pop” is red! Red in my bow and red in berries across the mantel!
LIGHT IT UP
Christmas means pretty lights! Use a string of tiny light or have a few candles on your mantel. Better yet, opt for both! Then turn out the room lights, turn on the Christmas music and sit in that Christmas magical glow!
MAKE A BANNER OR SWAG
A banner hanging on or below your mantel will give it a festive look! And will add that wow factor we all want our mantels to have!
Banners are so easy to make! Write a Christmas message… repeat a Christmas symbol or swag some pretty greens from one end of your mantel to the other!
Tiny stars are stung across my mantel.
How about you? How are you decorating your mantel this year?
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Home for the Holidays!
Monday – Holiday Decor
Tuesday – Holiday Recipes
Wednesday – Holiday Mantels and Tablescapes
Thursday – Holiday Crafts
Friday – Holiday Gifts and Wrapping