Tips On How To Style Your Mantel For The Holidays And All Year Round
It’s that time of year again! The fireplace mantel, home of the holiday stockings, is being decorated to achieve that merry focal point for all of your visiting family and friends. But this year, we challenge you to go over and beyond the traditional mantel style. We invite you to read on and use our latest holiday styling tips that will have your mantel standing out against last year’s orderly stocking formation. We hope these tips will also inspire you to deck out your entire house by incorporating these new seasonal styles.
With a new year comes a new mantel! Ring in 2018 with a mantel makeover. Replace your holiday mantel decorations with a completely new look by utilizing our following tips for styling a mantel that will be in fashion all year round! Scroll down to explore both holiday mantel style and all year round mantel style.
Mantel Style: For The Holidays
1. Get Crafty
Achieve this rustic simplicity by carving your own mini Christmas trees out of scrap wood. Paint them different colors and layer them on top of each other to create variety and depth on your mantel.
2. Orange You Glad It’s Christmas?
Add a pop of color and citrus scent by creating your own dried fruit garland. This new approach on a holiday garland will take your mantel style reputation sky high!
3. Wax Wonderland
Who needs a string of LEDs when you have a collection of beautiful candlesticks to light up your mantel? The mirror reflects even more light to create the ideal space for you and your family to cozy up at night and pop in a holiday movie.
4. Magnolia Magic
Tired of using the same pine leaves every Christmas? The trendiest leaves of the year are making their way onto holiday mantels, in a BIG way. Whether you use these magnolia leaves to form a wreath or hang them as garland, your mantel will be the talk of the town.
5. Tasteful Tassel
Glam up your mantel by layering metallic colors to give off that extra shiny texture and glow. This metallic tassel garland is perfect for those who want to keep that festive flare, while also trying something new. Even better, this mantel style works for the New Years holiday too!
6. Peachy Pine
Stray away from the reds and greens and use an unconventional color during the holidays, like this vibrant peach hue. The small use of this accent color makes a soft yet bold statement without taking away from the traditional Christmas theme.
7. Ornamental Overhang
Take your extra ornaments and individually hang them with thick festive ribbons over your mantel. Go the extra mile to achieve a winter effect by dipping them in white glitter paint. Hanging these beauties at different lengths will create a beautifully balanced mantel design.
8. Merry Message
Shout it from the chimney top! Give your mantel a holiday message by hanging this seasonal chalkboard art. If you do not have space on your wall, spell a holiday word, like Peace or Joy, with lettered stocking hangers for each of your family members.
Mantel Style: For All Year Round
1. Statement Mirror
You’ll want to juxtapose the square shape of the fireplace with a curvilinear piece. Try hanging an decorative round mirror to give your mantel some softness and detailed texture.
Need an extra light source? Flank your mirror or artwork with sconces. This gives the mantel symmetrical balance and an extra element of dimension. Or showcase a valuable piece of art with a spotlight sconce above it.
3. Off Center
To create a more casual yet quirky mantel vibe, place a large piece of art to one side so that it is off center. This makes it so that there is not one clear focal point but the space is still harmonious in relation to the other objects on the mantel.
Don’t be afraid to expand your design past the perimeters of the mantel. Showcase your fireplace with a gallery wall above and around the mantel. This actually creates the illusion of a larger space while giving you an opportunity to add an entire collection of your favorite pieces.
Want a major mantel makeover? Cover the entire wall with a patterned wallpaper of your choice for that desired height effect. This chinoiserie style wallpaper adds a pop of glamour and elegance to this white mantel all the while filling up all of that negative space.
Not committed to nailing a bunch of holes in your walls? Layer your artwork by leaning them on top of each other against the mantel. Using different sized pieces, placing them vertically and horizontally, will create dimension in an eclectic style. The great thing about this it that you can change up the orientation anytime you want!
Bring the outdoors in! Gathering some fresh flowers or a tall plant will really add some life into your space. Put your greenery into colorful vases to add an extra pop on your mantel.
We started our year round mantel style tips with a statement mirror, now we end on a statement sculpture. Take dimension to a whole other level by hanging giant horns or antlers above your mantel to serve as your three dimensional focal point. It’s such a raw organic piece, that this expressive piece can even stand on it’s own.
And there you have it! I hope these tips inspired you to style your mantel for both the holidays and all year round.
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