Decorating your mantle for Christmas couldn’t be easier or more fun. You simply need to look around your room and make a few decisions.
First, do you want your mantle to match your Christmas tree? A good example of this might be when you are opting for a Victorian looking Christmas tree with beads and bows. To achieve this look on your fireplace mantle, you might use the same color bows but only two big ones on each side and then drape matching beads back and forth underneath the mantle.
Second, do you want your mantle to be a variation of a theme that is already being used throughout your living room or home? Perhaps you’ve decorated in a Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer theme in other parts of the house. Your mantle could then pick up on this theme by just focusing on the elves or Mr. Snowman.
Third, let color be the focus on your mantle. One way to do this is to center on one or two colors that are used elsewhere in the room. Simply match your garland and ornaments to your drapery or other interior colors and decorate your mantle with those ornaments and or garland. Perhaps your tree is that wonderful mashup of every color – my personal favorite kind of tree – you could then do your mantle only in the traditional green and red to help bring a kind of Christmas spotlight back in. Either way, this approach lets color more than any other factor rule the design of your mantle.
Fourth, go modern. The easiest way to do this is through an asymmetrical design. You could also use bolder than usual colors on your mantle like lime green instead of the traditional forest green. Stringing lights on the mantle can help with a modern design so long as the cords don’t show. A modernistic or futuristic look could include something a fun, campy look, perhaps with robots. Don’t be afraid to have fun – this isn’t like committing to a new sofa – you’re only going to live with this look a couple of weeks! Go wild if you want!
Fifth, consider the entertainment factor. Are you planning any particular party or event where it would be beneficial to decorate your mantle a certain way? For example, if you wanted to have a Christmas luau, why not decorate the mantle in lights and silk flowers?
Bowls of ornaments or beads, stockings, garland, lights – these are all wonderful decorations for your fireplace mantle. Beware easily flammable items such as evergreen boughs and tulle netting if your fireplace has an open firebox. Yes, you want to have a beautifully decorated mantle, but not at the cost of a fire.
Source: Personal Knowledge and Advice