Decorating a mantel
We moved into our house in early December and one of the very first things I unpacked was our Christmas decorations. I had grand plans for turning my first home into a winter wonderland, just in time for the holidays. That ambition was quickly halted when I realized that unpacking things like dishes and clothes should really take priority. Plus, how can you decorate for a holiday when your home isn’t even decorated for real life yet?
And, of course, with a new home came a whole new set of design and décor potential, starting with one of the first areas you see when you come through the front door: the fireplace mantel.
With a hook already screwed into place in the centre, I tried a variety of options I already had on hand, including art, wreaths and photos (an 8X10 frame doesn’t even come close to doing the space justice), and in the end chose a $30 circle mirror from Walmart to fill the void. I really like the mirror and have no plans to replace it, though I do find it dark. Option #1: paint the mirror frame white. Option #2: upholster the frame with a graphic patterned fabric. Option #3: Leave it as-is and brighten up the space with other accessories.
If you search mantel on Pinterest, oh the inspiration you’ll find, like this, this, this and this! Stunning setups for every holiday imaginable, décor for any season, shrines to family photos, modern monochrome designs and traditional country chic. Sky is the limit.
My trouble is taking what I visualize and turning it into reality. This handy graphic explains how you should organize the elements to create an appealing spread. One of my difficulties is that the mantel itself is only about five inches deep, which doesn’t allow me to layer objects in the way I would like, leaving it looking flat and plain.
For now, I’m going to keep my eye out for fall décor as it hits the shelf (don’t shoot me for talking about fall in July!). A harvest-themed mantel is on my horizon.