Mantels are a blank canvas full of potential and endless possibilities. They are often the main focus of the room that holds your décor items and family photos. The great thing about mantles is that they are easily interchangeable for the time of year and sprinkling in your seasonal décor can be eye-catching and done tastefully without too much rearranging. Go from your everyday display to a seasonal look in less than 30 minutes!
First you’ll need to decide what style you want to have. Here are some ideas and tips below to consider:
Mono-toned: Use one or minimal colors in your design. Think of fall inspired colors (red, brown, yellow and orange). Pops of green help balance and tie in your color wheel. Incorporate seasonal items such as corn, gourds, pumpkins, wheat, mums, apples, burlap and more to add points of interest.
Metallics: Metallic items add sophisticated glamour to your décor. Mix other details such as wood/sticks, soft furs and velvets to balance the shine and sparkle.
Color: Shake it up and play with a bright color to tie into your décor. Use your favorite color. Need a suggestion? Try Navy blue, it works as a great neutral base and makes a statement. It’s a great way to put a spin on the traditional seasonal colors.
Woodland: Bring the outdoors in for a natural look by using elements of the season. Twigs, antlers, pinecones, leaves, pumpkins, berries and more are perfect for fall.
Use what you have: Try the minimalist look with things you already have in your home or on the mantle. If you have an urn or vase, fill it with twigs or seasonal floral to create a warm and wonderful display.
After you’ve picked your style, keep these ideas in mind to make everything flow. These tips can be used for your everyday décor as well as your seasonal display:
The Triangle Theory: Envision a triangle, start with the biggest item in the center and work your way down in size on either side. This is used to create a natural flow and give balance to your pieces.
Aim to arrange smaller objects (such a logs or candles) in groups of threes or fives. Items in odd numbers decorate best.
Achieve different sizes and heights with your objects to create movement and balance. You’ll add an interesting dynamic when mixing shapes, sizes, textures and colors.
(For example, try using different candle stick heights and widths or a mixture of vertical and horizontal framed photographs; put three different style pumpkins together i.e. tall white pumpkin, small round orange and yellow with warts/bumps).
Use fillers such as ribbon, garland, leaves
Add personal touches to your seasonal spread such as family photos.
Lanterns are simple and easy displays and can be used during the seasons to fill with items. Leaving them on their own is just as fabulous!
Get inspired and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Have a little fun this year!