Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Winter Mantel Decorating Tips

Christmas is just around the corner and winter already upon us, here are a few ways to decorate your mantel.

We have provided a few shopping tips to help make decorating as fun and stress free as possible. All the decorations shown were purchased at local stores such as HomeGoods and Target.

** Shopping tip: Before you go shopping, search online for rooms, styles and decorating ideas that inspire you. Pinterest is one of our favorite websites, it can help you create a visual shopping list to use so you can design a similar look.

Decorating doesn’t have to mean changing everything in the room for the season.  With this Winter Wonderland theme we used the existing décor in the room and just purchased holiday décor in Winter whites and teal along with woodland creatures and trees made of natural materials.

** Tip for creating a Multi-Level Look: To create our multi-level look, we used items of different heights and placed them in size order, layering from tallest to shortest to create your desired effect. We wanted to give the illuminated “Joy” sign prominence in the design so we utilized a wooden crate to add some height. Items of varying heights are key to creating a multi-level look on the mantel.

Key elements of the Christmas season are evergreen trees, beautifully wrapped presents, snow and other frosty colors. We incorporated something from each of these into our Winter Wonderland theme. For instance, white, teal and natural wood trees were used to represent the colors of this season. In addition to the trees, we used owls, a deer and a squirrel to add to the look of the winter décor.

We continued to build on the theme by adding a marquee sign that lights up and fake snow sprinkled on the top of the mantel and accessories, which helps to add more depth and texture to this look.

Place a white tree skirt under the tree decorated in teal, white and silver decorations.  Complete the look by wrapping gifts in paper that follow the same color scheme.

Simple and Elegant for another Look

To create a simple and elegant look, we utilized dark greens with accents in red and gold. By adding a few simple pieces of décor and changing the layout of items in the room we achieved a rich look and feel.

A rectangular framed mirror was leaned against the wall to give this décor some depth and dimension. The three-piece candleholder features red berries and pinecones in a bed of evergreens, while the cream candles with red ribbons give an additional lightness to the room. We then layered the mantel with a golden tree, a large tree ornament and a red tree made out of wooden flowers for a brilliant pop of color.


Complete the look with a spiral grapevine tree with white lights and a red throw blanket placed on a existing chair.

**Tip: When lighting your candles, make sure all the wicks are trimmed and place a little sand at the bottom of each metal holder, to protect from item catching fire.

Start decorating your mantel today! Share photos of your finished look with us on our Facebook page and Twitter account @TwinStarHome

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