We feel especially lucky at this time of year, not just because of the general holiday excitement, plethora of high-spirited parties and festivals, delicious recipes, and shopping steals at our favorite décor stores, but also because of all the time we get to spend looking at gorgeous images of holiday decorating inspiration. This week, we’re bringing you eight great holiday mantels—from the antique-inspired to the outdoorsy, the crafty, the colorful, and the cool and minimalist—from around the Web.
We love Kate from Centsational Girl’s pared-down, neutral take on the holiday mantel, featuring a central wreath; black-and-white botanical prints of varying sizes in basic black frame; and vignettes of frosted greenery and pinecones. The asymmetrical metallic-dot garland draws the eye down and keeps the darker objects above from making the mantel look top-heavy.
Though not technically a holiday mantel, we’re smitten with the holiday-appropriate mix of white and gold in Emily Henderson’s design. It offers just enough glitz to glam up the room, and the variety of shapes and styles in the accessories create beautiful flow and visual interest. If you love this mantel decorating idea as much as we do, don’t miss Emily’s quick-and-dirty video for how to style a mantel at any time of year.
There’s something endlessly alluring about the high-contrast visual impact of snowy white paired with rich reds, and these two mantels from House & Home and . . . well, we’re not sure where (if you know the original source, please fill us in!) provide fresh, unexpected takes on this classic combo. The latter is hip and minimalist, relying on the scale of the candleholders and the textures of the trees and figurines to create drama, while the former, with its simple asymmetrical garland of handcrafted felt ornaments, branches and berries, and a too-cute fuzzy owl, is an artisanal delight.
In a similar vein, this chipper, easy-peasy mantel from BHG—which gets its punch from brightly colored candy—gives the living room a big dose of the holiday happies. Simply choose a color palette of two to three colors (at least two should contrast), and pour some inexpensive candy in those hues into clear glass jars, vases, or containers of different shapes and heights. Tuck some greenery and a few pinecones around them to soften up the edgy feel of all that glass, and your 20-minute mantel is complete. Bonus: extra holiday snacks.
Our final three mantel picks come courtesy of Traditional Home. The first, a mix of silver and gold leaf-and-pinecone garlands paired with low onyx boxes overflowing with petite greenery, feels antique and stately, yet not stuffy. In the second mantel, a profusion of plants—including cedar mix, sedum, and magnolia leaves—is topped off with vintage mercury glass balls and contemporary mercury glass Christmas trees. The last mantel is one of our favorites. How can you improve on the natural beauty of a handful of potted pines and leafy trees pruned in the shape of Christmas trees? Add a few metal Christmas trees of different heights, some evergreen boughs, and a tiny potted white narcissus just left of center, of course.