Now that the mantlepiece is sparkling clean, tis the season to deck the halls! Whether gas, electric or wood burning, the hearth is the heart of the home. Here are a few tips to enhance your creative mantle decorating efforts:
Beware of Clutter
Remove everyday items from the mantle to make way for festive ones. Box up knickknacks and picture frames to maintain a clean, uncluttered space.
Less is More
Reserve the mantle for very special items like holiday heirlooms or religious items, such as a nativity set, ceramic lighted miniature Christmas tree, menorah or vintage architectural lanterns.
Use Garland Sparingly
You don’t need a lot to get a great look. A few boughs on the mantle is all you need. Opt for real garland to fill your home with that fresh pine scent.
Build on what’s There
If you have a mirror above the fireplace, tie it into your festive decor with glass or reflective ornaments nestled into greenery for a beautiful holiday look.
Make it Practical
Hang holiday cards from family and friends garland-style across the mantle to create a festive tableau. A simple ribbon is all it takes.
Show off Handmade Creations
The mantle is a place of honour, display your child’s holiday crafts front and centre for all to see.
Photo by Suzanne Jutzeler