A mantel can be a revolving spot for you to display photos, books and accessories that you own and have scattered in other rooms. Dena Stormer stacked up photos and accessories on books for her latest vintage mantel decor, and don't forget about the space underneath the mantel. You can take an existing wreath that you used during the holidays, remove any seasonal elements and weave in leaves or fake flowers.
Bring the outdoors in with organic holiday decor. HGTV fan flowergirl kept the palette simple: white hydrangeas, green apples, red gingham ribbon and evergreen clippings create a fresh display on her holiday mantel.
Looking for a more masculine way to decorate for the holidays? An excellent way to do this is by replacing flowers with cut greenery. Here, discarded soup cans were given new life as vessels thanks to a coat of black spray paint. To add life, simple cypress tree cuttings were placed inside to bring a pop of green to the mantel.
A flock of tiny owls nestled on a mantel brings a whimsical woodsy element and texture to a winter landscape above the fireplace. You even could leave up some of your greenery and berries for this post-holiday look assembled by Atlanta designer Ann Wisniewski.
"Mix and match your decor to create a fresh and unique holiday mantel," Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room says. "Pretty faux or fresh greenery can be paired with candlesticks, glass balls and artificial fruit for a lush and festive look."
To add instant personality to the mantel, include a graphic. Here, a simple holiday message — "JOY" — is added along the front of a reclaimed piece of wood by hammering small nails as letter outlines, then weaving string around the nails to create the letters.
HGTV's Celebrity Holiday Homes designer Robin Baron transforms the home of ex-NFL star and CBS sports radio host Tiki Barber into a holiday wonderland, featuring two red Christmas trees flanking the fireplace with a boxwood panel over the TV with wreath of red glitter roses.
Tall lamps placed on the dining table offer the same effect as a pair of chandeliers but without the need to interrupt the detail of the ceiling. Large urns on the stone mantel mimic the color and shape of fall seasonal gourds.
"Mercury glass is pretty inexpensive. A collection on a mantel looks just as well as doing pairs," says Atlanta interior designer Lance Jackson, co-founder and creative director of Parker Kennedy Living. Mercury glass also works year-round and fits nicely with holiday decor, whether your palette is red and green, or another choice. For your collection of combine mercury glass you pick up from antique stores, estate sales and yard sales with new pieces from home discount stores.
Add a sweet and colorful touch to any holiday mantel with a festive mitten advent calendar garland. Layla Palmer used a variety of toddler-sized mittens in traditional Christmas hues and printed out 24 numbers small enough to tuck into each mitten. To add extra holiday cheer, she added a sweet sentiment below each number. String the mittens on a long strand of twine and start counting down.
Details of a tall lamp placed on the dining table offer the same effect as a pair of chandeliers but without the need to interrupt the detail of the ceiling in this traditional dining room. Large urns on the stone mantel and striped dining chairs mimic the color and shape of fall seasonal gourds.
On loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., a portrait of former President John F. Kennedy by Jamie Wyeth hangs above the mantel. The room's bookshelves are filled with photos of the vice president's home from years past to celebrate the theme of "Holidays Past and Present."