To create the perfect mantel, Barnhardt says to take down everyday mantel decorations, including any framed prints. Hang a fresh evergreen wreath and then gather items from around your home that coordinate with each other. For example, she collects any porcelain and pottery with a green glaze displayed throughout her home and creates a vignette on the mantel by filling the pieces with fresh holly and white pine. Add favorite ornaments or safely place candles for a warm glow to complete the display.
Brown horizontal panels create a sleek focal wall in this gray living room. The electric white fireplace and mantel display a clean, minimalist design and are accessorized with a wall-mounted TV and simple purple orchid.