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Holiday Mantel Decorating Tips

HolidayI love the beginning of December and all of the beautiful holiday decorations that you see around you. Most of all I love decorating for the holidays! In this spirit of the season, I wanted to offer some tips to help you decorate your mantel for the holiday. If you don’t have a fireplace mantel, these tips can be used on any side table, buffet, piano top or any table top you wish to decorate. You can keep your decorating simple or go all out! Embrace the things and colors that you love and incorporate them into your decorating this holiday.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Pack Things Away

You need to make room for your beautiful holiday decorations. I encourage everyone to remove everything from their mantel or table top and pack away extra items that will not be used or will clutter your holiday decorations. Keep in mind it’s best to start with a focal point of interest, so the eye settles where you want it to go. Start your holiday decorating building from the largest accessories to the smallest. Don’t be afraid to try new arrangements and move things around.

Pick Your Color Theme

Select any color design you want this holiday. I always recommend that you stick with a theme and go with a couple of colors and a complementary metal tone for sparkle or use glass accessories.

Consider Height and Size

Play with the height of the items you have to display. You will want to decide how you would like to group your items. If you are using any garland, you will want to consider how it will fit in with your items. Possible accessories are mirrors, a holiday sign with a beautiful phrase, artwork, candles, ornaments, and beautiful hurricanes. For attractive hurricane options from Pier 1, click here to view.

Always stand back and see how your display is looking and if it appears balanced to you. Notice if you have too many small items that cannot be seen. You could use your heavier, taller items on the ends to hold garland on the mantel, adding your shorter pieces toward the center.

Helpful tip:  Use 3M Command Hooks to attach items to your mantel or wall so that they can be removed when the holidays are over. Click here to view ideas and options.

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Fun Fall Mantel Decorating Tips

Decorating with Pumpkins
Decorating with Pumpkins

Since the mantel is a central focal point in a room, it needs to be considered as an important aspect in your room decorating. It should express your interests and what you love. There is always an opportunity to make small changes so that the room feels fresh and brings you joy. As we are entering the fall season, I wanted to cover some mantel decorating ideas that could take you right through the holidays with some tweaks. Below I describe some of the mantel design formulas that you can use as a starting point in your mantel decorating.

Symmetrical Look

Are you the kind of person who wants both sides of your mantel to look the same displaying an item in the center? If so, you like a symmetrical look, and this style can be the easiest to decorate and change with the seasons. You can display a lovely mirror or piece of artwork in the center and flank it with tall candles, topiaries, or lamps (or flank the mirror with sconces). The key here is to have the proper height to create interest by encouraging the eye to look up. You will not want to place small items along the mantel. With each season, you can add a silk floral arrangement in the center displaying natural items of the season to add variety and color.

The Wave

This mantel design concept encourages the eye to go from high to low and high to low each time varying the heights, like a wave. What this could look like is to start with a tall featured item such as a beautiful vase and gradually carry the eye in a wave formation. Try to group your items appropriately, managing color and heights accordingly. Stand back and look at your arrangement and be sure it isn’t too busy yet interesting creating that visual “wave”. This look is very flexible as items can easily be moved around, moved out with fall décor items nicely taking their place.

Simplicity

Do you like the concept of using all one color? A simple mantel design is best for you! Do you like white? This time of year you will find beautiful white pumpkins that can be used for a lovely fall decoration. Use white lanterns, vases and candles and you have a beautiful mantel statement! For some beautiful white vases check out this selection from West Elm.

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Mantels and Fireplace Surround-How To

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Mantels and fireplaces are usually the main focal point in a room and the starting point in a room design.  I have found newly constructed homes have a simple fireplace with a simple mantel.  If you have always wanted a fireplace with surround, it’s not that difficult to achieve the look you desire.  Let’s go over some ideas!

Picking a Look
What type of look are you going for with your mantel and fireplace?  Since this choice dictates the style of the room, this is an important decision.  To pick out a new fireplace, check Pinterest or Houzz for ideas, you will be amazed at the different choices.  If you did not want to use new materials, perhaps looking for something with a “historic” value, here are a few options to review – click on the link to find out more:

If you wish to add a stone look to your fireplace, you won’t believe the new materials that are available.  Real Stone Systems offers a thin, lightweight real stone veneer that is easy to install with little waste.  The veneer comes in panels for easy installation, click here to review the options available.  They also have a tool where you can upload a photo of your fireplace to visualize what it would look like with their stone, click here to give it a try.

Home improvement stores, such as Lowes, carry a line of real stone veneer called Ledge Stone, to give you an idea of the installation involved, click here.  Another less expensive idea is to use faux panels, and there are many looks available, click here to view those options from Texture Plus.

Decorating Your Mantel
Once you have the mantel and fireplace of your dreams installed the decorating fun begins!  When thinking about your mantel decor, consider placing your accessories at varying heights to create flow and movement with your eyes.  Create interest by layering accessories, adding unexpected color and textures; such as, shiny bottles, dull plants, woven baskets, metal statues and soft pillow to the hearth.  To view some ideas on decorating your mantel, go to my Houzz Idea Book on Mantels and Fireplaces.

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By Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Decorating Mantels

Mantels are usually the main focal point in a room and should absolutely receive your best accessories!  Mantels are always our starting point in a room for design.

Today, most mantels are designed asymmetrically with accessories because the finished look is more balanced, interesting and less predictable looking than symmetrical mantels. When designing your mantel be sure to place your accessories at varying heights to create flow and movement  with your eyes.

Create interest to your mantel by layering accessories, adding unexpected color and textures. (Shiny bottles, dull plants, woven baskets, metal statues and soft pillows to the hearth).

Remember decorating your mantel should be fun!  Since mantels are the main focal point in a room remember to change them often to reflect the seasons, holidays and events in your own life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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