Here at The Olde Mill, we love decorating our mantels about as much as we love building them. We know a fireplace is a center of warmth and comfort in the home. The mantel, resting just above that, acts as a visual centerpiece for your living room and creates a wonderful world of opportunity for those who are dying to decorate.
If you follow us on social media, you know we also love sharing the many ways people style their mantels. This goes especially for the holiday season when the weather makes us want nothing more than to curl up next to the fire with a book and a mug of hot chocolate.
We wanted to take this opportunity to share with our readers some of our favorite merry mantel decorations.
As soon as the spooky Halloween decorations come down, we’re untangling strings of lights long enough to illuminate the North Pole. Seriously, Santa, you might want to wear sunglasses.
String lights are perfect for exterior decorating, but we think they are also great for brightening up a mantel. Run some lights in and around your mantel decorations to draw attention and create a feeling of warmth that visually complements the one coming from your fire.
Wood mantels bring the beauty of nature into the heart of your home. With that in mind, it’s hard to find something that complements wood grain better than greenery.
Whether it’s a small house plant or fabricated garland, place it on or above your mantel to enhance that “cozy” feeling and maybe show off your favorite plant babies at the same time.
Nothing says “It’s time for Christmas,” like these little knick-knacks. They’ve been popular since the late 19th century, and it’s no wonder why. They’re decorative, collectible, and fun to watch.
Louisiana doesn’t usually get much snow, so we settle for the next closest thing. If you’re looking for some fun holiday crafts, check out these DIY snow globes. We wish there was a way to make them snow forever!
4. Elf on the Shelf
This popular Christmas ritual dates back to 2005 when Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell published the original picture book. The story itself comes from their own family tradition, but it has since developed into a worldwide phenomenon, complete with an animated series and a Christmas musical.
The elves might prefer one of our floating shelves as a perch, but we think a mantel works just as well.
We don’t think a wreath should be saved exclusively for the front door. Their circular structures make them a perfect complement to the straight mantel, and hanging them from the wall above your mantel can bring verticality to your decor. Make sure your wreath matches the colors and style of your mantel decor, or try a contrasting background to make it really stand out.
6. Banners & Signs
To really get in the mood for Christmas, find a banner or sign with your favorite holiday saying or song lyrics. You can place a hanging sign beneath your mantel to fill the space between stockings or make your sign the centerpiece of your whole fireside.
The bottom line: no fireplace is complete without family. The holidays are the perfect time for gathering, celebrating, and decorating with your loved ones.