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How to Style A Mantel: The Staples and Holiday Tips

Whether you’re prepping for the holidays, or looking to elevate your space in general - properly styling your mantel can be the fix you need! As the focal point of most rooms, mantelpieces are the perfect canvas for showcasing artwork, natural elements, and holiday decor!

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Focal Point

Anchor your mantel with a bold centre piece! Often the largest element - your focal point should lead the rest of your mantle design, providing inspiration for the rest of the decor items. Consider hanging wall art or simply laying a mirror!

  • Create symmetry by displaying decor pieces of the same height on either side of your anchor piece for a more formal look.
  • Arrange decor pieces of varying shapes and sizes in groups of odd numbers for a an asymmetrical, laid-back style.

Holiday Tip: Opt for a focal point with holiday colours and finishes. Choose pieces with silver, gold or brass frames, seasonal subject matter and bold reds, rich greens, or royal blues!

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While they make the perfect focal point for any mantel - mirrors can also add height, drawing the eye upwards - and they can help open up a space. Try leaning a mirror rather than hanging one for a more casual look.

Holiday Tip: Add a simple real or faux natural garland around your mirror! Try eucalyptus, magnolia, berries, or evergreens - but make sure not to overwhelm your mantle with too much garland!

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Natural Elements

Natural elements are on of my favourite additions to any mantelpiece! Organic shapes ensure a visual flow, and natural textures such as wicker or wood complement the elements of a real or gas fireplace. Natural materials are also a great way to soften more dramatic metallics. Add wicker baskets, wooden bowls or candlesticks, or florals and greenery.

Holiday Tip: Opt for garlands or vases of winter greenery or red berries. Birch branches also make for the perfect winter touch!

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Create visual interest and depth with layers! Try layering decor details such as candles, vases, books, and photo frames. Create groupings with decor details of varying heights - but be sure not to create clutter with too many small items.

Holiday Tip: Add an extra layer with natural or faux garland, or hanging stockings! Opt for decorative hooks and stockings that complement your current decor.

I hope these tips give you inspiration and guidance for your mantel styling this season!

Happy decorating,


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