Make your fireplace the centre of attention by enhancing it with decorative flair. When decorating your home for Christmas, go above and beyond traditional stockings. Use the fireplace mantel to show off vintage collectibles, handmade items, cherished heirlooms or sweet-smelling candles. Get festive with colourful garlands and shiny ornaments. Update tired-looking fireplaces with wreaths, natural items, antiques and other showpieces.
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Add the illusion of more room space by propping a large mirror on the fireplace mantel. The mirror will reflect ceiling lights or chandeliers for an elegant look. Choose a mirror depending on the overall style of the room. Pick a large square, dark, wood-trimmed mirror the same width of the fireplace for a traditional or rustic flair, or a sleek mirror featuring a black metal trim for a modern style. Cluster several different-sized framed mirrors above the fireplace for an eclectic look; choose frames with a similar colour or shape for a cohesive look.
Enhance a boring fireplace with small, light-catching tiles. Glue iridescent glass mosaic tile all over a wood hearth to create a stunning focal point. The shell-like glass tiles will reflect sunlight and candle glow, setting off a neutral or warm-hued wall. Install alternating bright white and black glass tiles for a contemporary look. All white or all black tiles provides another option.
Update an old-fashioned brick fireplace with a coat of white paint. Place various-sized white pillar candles inside the fireplace for an elegant, white-on-white style. Display white candles and silver accessories, such as flower vases, on the mantel for a clean, modern look. Lighten up dark red bricks with taupe or light grey paint. Accent taupe-hued bricks with natural wood items, such as picture frames and carvings. Decorate grey bricks with black decor pieces, including sleek marble sculptures and modern ceramic bowls.
Natural Mantel Decor
Prepare your home for the winter holidays by decorating the fireplace with an earthy touch. Enhance a rustic stone fireplace by hanging a natural pine garland featuring pine cones and red berries across the mantel. Fill wrought-iron candle sticks with pinecone-shaped votives. Display a green plant in a woven wicker pot on either side of the mantel. Enhance the mantel with real or fake mini topiary trees in square terracotta planters. Realistic-looking ceramic bird sculptures will bring in a bit of the outdoors.
A fireplace mantel is an ideal place to showcase your family's treasured heirlooms and antiques. Fill vintage crystal vases with fresh-picked flowers and display them on the mantel. At Christmastime, place small cherished ornaments in clear glass vessels. Enhance antique gold candelabras with elegant white candles. Add a touch of vintage glamour with an opulent gold garland.
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