Aged vessels in a variety of shapes and sizes complement traditional decor like pinecones and are a great way to accommodate unique, curious little flora like the scabiosa pod flower or fragrant evergreen clippings.
Fresh cedar pine, fir branches and magnolia leaves combine with fruit, pine cones and berries for an ultra-natural and festive look. Strands of gold beads add a surprising hint of color within the garland.
Cedar topiaries and a peace banner made from glittered cardboard letters make the mantelscape great for the holidays, but the display isn't so holiday-themed that it can't stick around all season. Mercury glass vases and candle holders are a sparkling accent to the natural elements
Wall art comes in all shapes and sizes, especially if it's a DIY project. This black-and-white piece is inspired by the pattern of an Ikea pillow and uses plywood and paint, by Allison Fannin of Two Thirty-Five Designs. Another affordable idea for a holiday mantel is to place extra ornaments in a glass jar. She also repainted the chair (an estate sale find) in front of the fireplace gold and recovered the cushion.
Sprinkle the mantel with some personal touches. A vintage tinsel Christmas tree becomes the focus of this holiday mantel. Family heirlooms like these silhouette plates bring the personal touch that every Christmas theme needs.
Make the mantel a holiday focal point of your living room by incorporating a larger accent and balancing it with smaller items of equal size. One-of-a-kind handmade stockings add a unique touch and bring a splash of color to this modern mantelscape.
Add a natural touch to your mantel with a preserved or fresh topiary and wreath. They're easy to assemble and can be left plain or embellished with holiday ornaments and trim. An occasional misting with water will keep them hydrated and looking their best. Make your own with our boxwood wreath step-by-step instructions and boxwood topiaries step-by-step instructions
Since Sherri Shepherd has almost 12-foot ceilings, designer Michael Russo wants to make full use of the vertical space. He hangs ivory tulle panels and oversized gold ornaments with a champagne bow. HGTV's Celebrity Holiday Homes shows you how Russo achieves this look.
Before: simple accessories may work for this mantel in spring and summer, but for the winter and holiday season you will want to amp up your design and add warmth to every nook and cranny of your space.