‘Tis the season for spreading good holiday cheer. Parties abound, and chances are you’re making your own plans for entertaining friends and family during the holidays. Make sure your home is a festive expression of the season, starting with the mantel. It’s easy to transform your fireplace into a stunning and cohesive focal point for the holidays when you decorate with a theme in mind. To get your creative juices flowing, we’ve used our three holiday themes to show you how easy it is.
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Step 1: When decorating a mantel, always start with your largest pieces. Here, we doubled the cheer with two oversized Ogden Mirrors. The reflective quality of mirrors is especially ambient during the holidays.
Step 2: Drape lush garland, like our Angel Pine Garland, under the mantel as well as over the pair of mirrors for an instant holiday feel. We like the repetitive gesture: the shapes they form echo one another nicely.
Step 3: Following the rule of three, incorporate tall holiday ornaments (choose a metal that adds sparkle, from antiqued mercury glass to polished silver to lustrous gold) on each side and in-between the mirrors for much-needed visual weight—and extra cheer. We used the Gilt Tole Tree from our Paris Holiday Collection.
Step 4: Place large-scale objects on the hearth that tie back to the theme to act as a grounding force for the entire vignette. The rule of three can also apply here.
Capture the vintage romance of the British countryside with a palette of lush forest greens, pheasant browns and snowy whites brightened with playful touches of glittering London.
Step 1: Dress your mantel with a mixed greenery wreath decked out with a large bow in classic plaid, like Suzanne Kasler’s Plaid Ribbon in Red. Center it and be sure it’s nicely scaled to the size of your mantel.
Step 2: To bring visual balance, flank the mantel with a pair of oversized lanterns adorned with matching bows. We placed a low tealight holder, our Le Marais 9-Light Tealight Holder, under the wreath for extra sparkle. Because the pieces relate well to one another, the look is cohesive even though the shapes are different.
Step 3: Soften the lines of the vignette and create shimmery, sculptural appeal with a collection of Antiqued Mercury Glass Candle Holders in varying heights. We repeated the grouping on either side of the tealight holder for a balance that’s pleasing to the eye.
Step 4: Repeat the color and greenery of the mantelscape above on the hearth below with a Montresor Deer or two and a 3ft. Flocked Tree. The scenery brings texture, warmth and a dash of whimsy while evoking the English countryside.
Nordic Seaside Holiday
Embrace the wintry wonder of a Nordic landscape. Incorporate the colors of winter: icy blue, winter white and moody sea foam.
Step 1: Instead of hanging art on the wall, lean it on the mantel, so you can change it with the seasons. For our theme, we chose our Nordic Abstract piece which features serene spa tones and placed it slightly off-center.
Step 2: Decorate the mantel with flocked greenery, and add a nautical accent, like our Newport Sloop Sail Boat Model, that is roughly two-thirds the height of the art to create symmetry and dimension. We love how Suzanne Kasler’s Flocked Garland mimics the icy waves of the Arctic.
Step 3: Drop in mercury glass candlesticks in various heights and dangle snowflake ornaments from the flocked garland to continue the shimmery, wintry white theme.
Step 4: Anchor the scene with a display below. Wrapped packages in silver and white surround a Santos figure with wings for perfect punctuation.