Fireplace mantels become the focal point in many homes for the holidays. The warm crackling fire and the beautiful display on the mantle. What conveys warmer thoughts!
The traditional look of greenery and poinsettias on fireplace mantel is classic around Christmas. As beautiful as those are I am now gravitating towards more of a winter theme vs. the holiday theme. Maybe I am getting lazy in my old age, but I do like getting longevity from the fruits of my labor!
However you dress your mantel it is personal, traditional and will leave everyone with a warm feeling of the holidays. Here are some ideas to inspire you, as they have me, over the years.
Themed display for the fireplace
Of course, there is the traditional red and green theme. Then there is the white and blue. I do like blue mixed with the silver toned items and crystals giving a wintery feeling to the display. Using a mix of branches- spray painted in white. Consider using mini spruce trees or force some bulbs for longer lasting floral display. Having these items mixed with ornaments and other accessories gives the display a bit of organic feel.
The blue with the white creates a cool room that feels very wintry. Combining the blue with natural greens on the mantel it feels warmer. Adding paperwhites and amaryllis are beautiful elements to combine with these colors. Of course classic silver and gold can add a touch of elegance. These colors can be used into the new year.
Take advantage of items that are natural in your area. In the South and where magnolia branches are abundant, take advantage of them and mix them with fruits and warm candlelight to create a striking mantel. In the north consider using conifer branches. The deep green will lend interest and softness to your fireplace mantel displays.
Of course, using red and green to decorate a mantle is always handsome and agreeable with the colors of Christmas. I love the statement that these carnation wreaths make, such a pop of color!
In my search of favorite mantels, I came across this adorable idea for the apartment dweller or home that might not have a real fireplace mantel to decorate. Create a canvas with chalkboard paint to set the ambiance.
However you decorate or create your mantel, it will bring warmth and the joy of the holidays to you and your family. Merry, Merry!
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