How to Decorate Your Mantel for the Holidays

How to Decorate a Holiday Mantel

Decorating a mantel for the holidays can really transform and uplift a room. You don’t want to get too overwhelmed, though. If you follow the basics and fill in your accents around them, you can create a gorgeous mantel display that is anything but basic. Read on to check out more of my insider advice.

1. Create a Theme

Find a theme and that can even be just finding your color. If you are working with fresh greenery for example, then its good to incorporate natural colors to complement the base. I love working with fresh cedar, magnolia leaves and even pine in particular and sometimes tucking in some ilex berries. If you want to step it up then enlarge the scale, add tall objects like topiaries, vases and candles. These can also help hold additional sprigs in place. Just be sure not to keep everything the same height.

how-to-decorate-holiday-mantel2. Use Objects Selectively 

Be careful not to get too carried away and add too many objects, it can take away from the natural lift and instead compete with the fireplace itself. Adding too many ornaments, jarring colors, bright and sometimes flashing lights, for example, can create sometimes create frenzy.

3. Let the Mantel Shine

The mantel should really be to carry the flow of the room that may include the Christmas tree and or table settings, not to be the distraction.

Denise McGaha Interiors delivers exhilarating, fashionable, diverse, and adventurous designs for clients who live on the fast track, making her the go-to designer for clients who want luxury and concierge level service but not the wait. Denise has a licensed mantel collection with Materials Marketing, along with a collection with Design Legacy that features fabric, wallpaper, pillows and upholstery. Most recently, Denise launched a collection with Currey & Co., which features lighting and furnishings.