Ideas For Decking Out Your Mantel For the Holidays
It's time for your indoor decor to shine! While our gardens and lawns get special attention in the spring and summer, our dining rooms and mantels are our canvases for fall and winter. If you're lost on how to make the most of your mantel, there are quite a few ways you can deck out your mantel for the holidays.
Just like the main character that takes center stage in a play, you should select a decoration as the focal point on the mantel and use other accessories to complement it. This item goes above your mantel. It can be a neutral piece like a large mirror or a family portrait adapted to any season. Choose something that you can dress up with garland or string lights during the holidays and primp with spring flowers when the weather starts to warm up. Beneath your focal point is where you add seasonal treasures: pumpkins and gourds for Thanksgiving, a menorah for Hanukkah, a Nativity scene for Christmas. Use the space as a place to put the things that say "holidays" to you.
To each side of your primary piece, add frills and trim to support your main decoration. Choose items that come in pairs to create balance and symmetry, like everyday sconces. They don't have to be identical, but whatever you choose should relate to in color or size so the display is visually pleasing without looking cluttered. Having the smaller pieces also draws the eyes to the middle of the mantel and highlights your primary piece.
To bring warmth and brilliance to your mantel for the holidays, lighting is key. The soft flicker of a candle makes your living room seem cozier on a winter night. They don't have to be real candles; LED candles or even string lights can create the glow you're looking for. They also reduce the risk for fires you get with an open flame and eliminate the mess of hot wax.
Use the same principles for brightening your mantel as your bathroom decorating ideas. It's the perfect stage for holiday and seasonal baubles, if you do it right. Don't stuff it with trinkets, but do add a light dusting of doodads. Look for consistency and balance in what you lay out. Remember you want the center of the mantel to catch your eye, so the decor you select to go around it should enhance it, not outshine it. Figurines, candles and vases are all elements you can change out to suit each season as well as support your main theme. For Thanksgiving, dress up the supporting pieces with fall leaves or gourds; holly and winterberry add holiday warmth in the winter; flowers and plants add a freshness to the mantel in the spring and summer.
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