Christmas Mantel Design – the key is…

Ok, I did have to check mantle or mantel ~ it is the latter.

How to design a Christmas Mantel

Spell check out of the way, the decorating began. The key to Christmas mantel design is layering ~ yes, layering.

How to design a Christmas Mantel

With such a narrow area you need to add depth to your design. So think layers, textures, a variety of heights & then…more layers.

How to design a Christmas Mantel

Let me show you what I have put together on my usually very simple mantel. It is a Christmas mantel after all ~ bring it on!

How to design a Christmas mantel

Location: my living room fireplace mantel. How to design a Christmas Mantel Color scheme: neutral with sparkly silver & gold. A neutral palette calls out even more for layers & textures to add interest.

For layers I used a grain sack runner folded in half the long way, 3 mirrors, a silver tray, mercury glass votives & trees.

How to design a Christmas Mantel

The textures come in with the nubby grain sack, the greens, the wood & glass.

How to design a Christmas Mantel

The silver & gold ornaments add the necessary holiday bling.

How to design a Christmas Mantel

Carried the look onto the hearth using an enamelware pot, a tomato cage Christmas tree & more.

…and if it were really Christmas already I would carry the palette all around the room.  For now let’s just focus on the mantel – we need to enjoy Thanksgiving before this moves around the room.

How to design a Christmas Mantel

What do you think?

I was invited to create a Christmas mantel by Melissa & Sonya.

They both have wonderful blogs and on each, a list of the other Christmas mantels you should see.

How to design a Christmas Mantel

Here the blogs sharing with me today. Take a look as there is more than one way to trim a mantel!
Cherished Bliss
Domestically Speaking
Lilacs and Longhorns
Two Thirty Five Designs
The Happier Homemaker

** Kelly **

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  1. says

    is it purdy or pretty? Ha. beautiful mantel.

  2. says

    Love looking at the great mantels (mantel not mantle, mantle is for Mickey) 🙂 …. and yours is no exception…just gorgeous Kelly and love the helpful hints of creating the perfect mantel….

    • says

      Me too Peggy & I don’t think the love affair will end any time soon. Mercury glass is so very pretty & versatile. Thanks for coming by today!

    • says

      Thank you so much Robin! I got those big lanterns at my local hardware store – and they were so inexpensive! Look like Restoration Hardware, but NOT! The little lantern is super old & rusty & I love it. I appreciate you coming by!

  3. says

    Gorgeous! This is exactly the look I am planning on this year. I’ve been collecting mercury glass ornaments, metallic votives and gold and silver spray paint to transform decor from past years. 🙂 Thanks for the beautiful inspiration!

  4. Susan says

    Love the tomato cage burlap Christmas tree. I have been trying to make tomato cage lighted greenery Christmas tree
    for my porch but never seem to get around to it. I even have the materials for it. Yours will now inspire me!

    • says

      That is wonderful to hear Susan! So happy to have inspired you to create your project. Good luck with and hope to see you back here again soon!