I have five fabulous winter mantel ideas for you! If you are like me and want to bring the beauty of winter to your mantel without it looking like a slimmed down version of a Christmas mantel then this post is for you!
You can use these pretty winter mantel ideas on any flat surface on your home. You don’t necessarily need a mantel!
USE WINTER ELEMENT
I love to use some objects that look wintery. I’m not much for using overtly Christmas things though.
I usually have had my fill of Christmas trees and twinkling lights and stylized snowflakes. And I am ready for just one or two things on my mantel that give a little nod to the season!
This year I’m using a mix of natural and white pinecones! I love pinecones from fall to spring. They are organic and look beautiful tucked into any decor!
I’ve added them to a dough bowl filled with little green plants.
LESS IS MORE
For me winter is a time to love the saying, “less is more”! After the abundance of the Christmas season it feels good to use less and enjoy the “bones” of our home!
The winter mantel is divided into three sections…
- dough bowl
- and candles
Did you know our eyes and mind love things grouped in threes? Yes, I call it the MAGIC OF THREE but it is known in the design world as the RULE OF THREE!
Make sure you see THE RULE OF THREE post. It will help you be a better decorator!
If you have a tv over your mantel this arrangement would work wonderfully!
I like to keep my mantel looking tidy no matter what the time of year. I’m not a fan of too much on it! Our mantels are usually the focal point of our room. They are the first thing that catches our eye and you want to have a simple and well-defined beauty.
We want it to make a very good first impression and a taste of what to expect from the rest of the room.
BEST WINTER MANTEL IDEA USE LOTS OF CANDLES
Winter is the time to add lots of candle glow! Who doesn’t love the look of candles especially when winter nights are long!
If you use one thing on your winter mantel it should be candles or lanterns!
Use them liberally!
I’m using my favorite wooden candles in various sizes. They are the workhorses of my candles!
I’m creating a more casual look on this mantel and although the candles resemble each other I chose candles of different heights and created an overall asymmetrical look.
It’s important to think about balance, symmetry and asymmetry when decorating something like a mantel.
You can find out how to use all these concepts in your home to create beauty HERE.
BRING IN SOME ORGANIC GREEN
Even in winter, bring a bit of organic color to a mantel. Green is a very powerful color in decor! It translates into “life”.
I’m not using evergreen boughs or trees because I’m done with them and put them away with my Christmas decorations.
So I’m adding little green plants that just hint to the season to come!
I collect little plants. I have a big long shelf filled with all sorts of faux green plants!
DECORATE AROUND THE HEARTH
You know how I feel about decor standing alone in our home!
Don’t let a mantel stand alone! It’s important to take an element and bring it down to the hearth or the floor.
It does not have to be a lot. Just a little bit of something so our eyes don’t get stuck on the mantel and have nowhere to go!
I used the candle glow of the mantel and brought it down to the hearth. Along with one of the little faux plants in a sassy pot!
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