So you’ve hung your stockings by the chimney with care…but then what? If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace in your home, be it wood-burning or gas, take advantage of the festive focal point and let a mantel arrangements transform your fireplace into an eye-catching holiday sight.
Many people opt to display Christmas cards on their holiday mantel, which is fun, but ’tis the season to be creative. Instead of sticking with the same old routine as you always do, make the focal point of your living room special this season.
Instead of using your mantel as a catch-all for everything Christmas related, like holiday cards from your neighbors back in 1992, pick a few of your favorite holiday decorations and use them to spruce up the space. If you love the sight and scent of fresh pine, drape the mantel in garland and scatter scented candles on each end. If Santa fills your stockings each year, let the family tradition complement your creative arrangement.
If you’re planning on doing any holiday cookie baking, chances are you’ll have a surplus of cookie cutters to store until next year. Give your cookie cutters a little more shelf life and do as David Yates, interior designer and a member of the HomeAdvisor network, does. After you’re done with the cookie cutters, line them up on the end on the mantle,” said Yates. Not only is it a budget friendly option, but it will pique guests’ interest in what’s happening in your kitchen.
If you prefer an antique style of decor to a modern day glam, add pinecones, antiques ornaments, cinnamon sticks, tree bark or red carnations to personalize your mantel. Yates suggests adding whatever personal touches are reminiscent of family traditions to keep your mantel pieces vintage and stylish at the same time.