Holiday Decorating Ideas for Your Mantel

red-carnation-wreaths-above-mantel-Better-Homes-GardensBetter Homes and Garden Magazine is always a helpful spot for decorating ideas. With the cool, sometimes dreary weather of winter, the fireplace can easily become the centerpiece of any gathering. Is yours looking a little dreary itself?

Bring style to your fireplace with these mantel decorating and arranging ideas. Spruce up your mantel with stylish lighting and fabulous accessories to transform it into an instant focal point. Start with an eye-catching work of art. Place in the center of the mantel. Next, add lamps or sconces to each side of the mantel to create symmetrical balance and provide a soft, candle-like glow. Choose fixtures with colorful bases for a splash of contrast. Add an additional layer of shapely appeal with a collection of small decorative items. These stunning brass urns echo the look of the lamps. Sprinkle a handful of smaller items throughout the display to create balance and harmony. Now, you have an eye-catching focal point that reflects your personal style.

Just in time for the holidays, showcase your mantel with these gorgeous holiday decorating ideas for your fireplace. From garlands to candles, we help you set the Christmas mood. Easy holiday mantel decorating ideas. Idea 1: Cozy. Place tulips in bucket and add vintage stars. Line up mismatched stockings. Idea 2: Crafty. Make felt trees. Hang homemade stockings. Idea 3: Colorful. Wrap faux presents for wall and mantel. Stack ornaments in vases . Idea 4: Traditional. Hang green garland and red stockings. Make a wreath with carnations. Add a bow. Idea 5: Inexpensive. Stack knickknacks on mantel. Tie on ribbon garland.

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