How to decorate a Fireplace for the Holidays

Often the first thing the eye is drawn to, when entering the living room, is the fire place. Let us make it even more the focus point in the room, now that the holiday period will start soon, with some seasonal decorations. 

 star light via  Pinterest  - decorated fireplace via  Lonny

star light via Pinterest - decorated fireplace via Lonny

All white for a winter approach. Just imagine the snow falling down in the night, the glitter of the snowflakes in the street lights, and you got all the inspiration you need to decorate you mantelpiece. Add wintery elements in a white and silver color harmony. Stars make us dream away, and they are symbolic at the same time. With the big mirror in the center, build your decoration in a symmetric way around the candles in the middle. A touch of green will make it stand out even more.

 Seya Ball Garland  Nkuku  - modern garland via  Oleander + Palm  - candles via  Sara Lynn Journal

Seya Ball Garland Nkuku - modern garland via Oleander + Palm - candles via Sara Lynn Journal

Sometimes when we think of decorating a mantelpiece we can only think of the classical Christmas decoration, but it doesn't have to be like that. Your holiday garland can be made of different pine branches and eucalyptus leaves, the wooden beats are giving it a simple and refined touch. An origami inspired light garland can add ambiance in every room even long after the holidays are over.

 print in back Sanna Annukka via  Animalarium  - stockings via  Achica  - card Sanna annukka & Marimekko via  Windwrinkle  - fireplace via   My Domaine

print in back Sanna Annukka via Animalarium - stockings via Achica - card Sanna annukka & Marimekko via Windwrinkle - fireplace via My Domaine

Introduce some Scandinavian decor in your home, hygge makes that the Northern countries are all in trend again these days. Green, red, and white Christmas stockings are something you should not forget, add some decorative ornaments on the mantelpiece and you create a very nice ambiance which also the kids will love.

 traditional fireplace decoration via  Our Southern Home  - tartan fabric  Ralph Lauren  - candles via  Little Vintage Nest

traditional fireplace decoration via Our Southern Home - tartan fabric Ralph Lauren - candles via Little Vintage Nest

If for you Christmas is a time of tradition than a symmetrical arrangement will be just perfect for this popular classical look. Take care not to overload it. Make it simple with just a few objects. A simple wreath in the middle, large hurricane vases on the left and right. And there will never be to much candles. Nothing can be more traditional than adding some red / green / white tartan checks.

 baroque inspired decor via  Pinterest  - mantel piece via  The Dreamery Event  s

baroque inspired decor via Pinterest - mantel piece via The Dreamery Events

Maybe take some inspiration from the classical still life paintings of the old masters. Go for a sophisticated and lush approach, more is more in this case and your mantelpiece is the ideal place to proudly display a collection. Beautiful candles, lots of greenery, dried roses, white pumpkins, some glass vases. Let your imagination just flow and make it rich, baroque, why not it is only once a year that we celebrate Christmas time.

 decorated fireplace via  Amara  - mercury glass ornaments  Amazon  - ornate gilt mirror via  Zsa Zsa Bellagio

decorated fireplace via Amara - mercury glass ornaments Amazon - ornate gilt mirror via Zsa Zsa Bellagio

Antique mirrors, gold, lots of different candles, and old glass ornaments for a romantic soul. Frosty vintage elements will enhance this rich color scheme. Display all your antique pieces which you've collected this year. Overlap the objects, mirrors, small frames, in a variation of different heights, to make your mantelpiece stand out.

 detail fireplace deco via  Tone on Tone Antique  - fireplace via  Room for Tuesday

detail fireplace deco via Tone on Tone Antique - fireplace via Room for Tuesday

Or go natural if you want to do something special but the classical traditional style is not your idea of celebrating the holidays. Decorate by bringing nature inside. Greenery, pine cones and white candles is all you need to give your mantelpiece a touch of natural sophistication.

How to turn your fireplace mantel into the focal point of your living room to celebrate the holidays 

  • it should reflect your style
  • choose your color palette
  • you can't go wrong with a symmetrical set-up
  • play with different heights
  • use a mirror or a wreath in the center
  • candles are a must
  • think about a garland, you can make one yourself

You are getting ready for having a wonderful month of celebrations?

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