A Quick Interior Design Guide on Creating the Perfect Christmas Mantel
There are so many unique ways to decorate for the holidays. No need to dote on the tree alone! Here are some great tips on putting together a festive and ho-ho-homey Christmas mantel:
Identity Crisis: Find Your Personal Style
Find your style! Even if it does not fit the norm – have fun, it’s your house! It’s important to work with your personality. Are you colorful, traditional, modern? Try adding garland or mistletoe for a touch of classic style, or use seasonal fruits and vegetables for a less conventional look.
Figure out a color scheme, and stick to it. Try not to add more than three or (if you must) four colors to your mantel. This is one of the first places guests will look when they walk into your home. Although you want it to reflect your personal style, you also want to match the style of your home. Traditional colors like red and green are always fan favorites, but try using black and gold for a more modern take on Christmas!
Keep it Fun:
Do NOT stress holiday decorating. That is what us professionals are for! If you are decorating yourself, just make sure to keep the experience fun with a vibrant theme, a little sparkle and some good old out-of-the box thinking. This will keep your decor fresh, while still impeccably in the season. Don’t be afraid to try new ideas. Is your mantel space full of pictures? Incorporate them! Wow your guests with your resourcefulness and creativity. The trick is to complement the existing items and not to compete with them.
Keep it Simple:
It is so easy to get carried away with the tremendous amount of decorations that are lining the shelves of all your favorite stores. While you want to have fun and be original, that does not mean that you need to buy the entire second shelf at the department store. Keep one piece at the center as a focal point to help you stay organized. Use a beautiful mirror, a portrait or a gorgeous piece of artwork to draw the eye in.
When In Doubt Keep It Traditional:
If after all is said and done, you still have no idea how to make the perfect mantel, go with traditional decor. There is absolutely nothing wrong with keeping the basics. Fir garland, mistletoe, red berries and candles may seem cliché, but they are classic holiday styles that never go out of fashion. Try using a few or all these ideas over your fireplace to give warmth and holiday cheer to your home.
Which holiday mantel do you like best? Please tell us in a comment. We would love to see the verdict.