4 Effortless Decorating Tips For A Festive Mantel

Time Several Hours

Budget $ $$$

Skill Level

WORDS BY The Havenly Team

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Published on November 22, 2016

We finally had our first snow of the season here in Denver last week, which means the holidays are [officially] here! Holidays aren’t just about the food, friends & family, and shopping – pretty soon, all eyes will be on your home decor, so let’s make sure you’re ready to capture the spirit of the season in every room in your home, starting with the main attraction – creating a festive mantel.

The mantel is often a focal point of the living room, and during the fall and winter months the mantel really steals the show. Adding decor to the mantel is an easy way to change the vibe of your living room, and even your entire home. At Havenly, we gravitate towards sophisticated, seasonal decor and try not to take holiday decorating too literally.

1. Create Warmth

Achieving a warm holiday mantel is all about layering. Start with a gilded mirror or timeless framed artwork, and pull in vases, figurines, and candleholders to complete the vignette. We love to mix our favorite artwork in a gilded frame with geometric candle holders and vases, and funky faux fur stockings to create the perfect layered winter look.

2. Add Something Unexpected

We love harnessing tried-and-true holiday decorations, but giving them an updated twist. (How great is this gold magnolia garland?!) Gold garland is a modern twist on a classic holiday essential, and is sure to be the talk of your holiday party. Maybe classic pine garland is more your style? Think about adding a large jaw-dropping figurine like this life-size peacock to give your mantel the wow-factor it deserves.

3. Silver & Gold are your seasonal BFF’s

Metallics are a classic and easy way to say “winter” without being too literal. Don’t be afraid to add metallics throughout your home for an instant holiday update! A little metallic goes a long way, so you can keep the look balanced with complementary matte finishes, faux fur, and warm wood tones.

4. Don’t forget about the surrounding areas!

Be sure to continue your decor beyond the mantel by adorning nearby bookshelves and the fireplace hearth with accessories from the same color palette or large floor vases or floor lamps pulling in similar textures from your mantel decor.