Decorating your Mantel for the Holidays

It seems that everyone is in full swing when it comes to decorating for the holidays!  There's nothing quite like a beautifully decorated holiday mantle.  I thought I'd share a few creative ideas that have inspired me. Now I just need to use these ideas and get my house decked for the season!


1. Try using an unexpected material on your mantel.  How about these feathers pictured  below?  It is a fun way to make a statement and do something different!  A tip I love to live by is to fill clear containers, alternating heights & shapes.  Fill them with red and green small ornaments, apples, or even cinnamon sticks.   Image below is via House Beautiful.



2. Forego the garland and create a beautiful cluster of candles.  Another easy way to decorate is to gather LED candles (no flame or heat) and scatter them throughout the table in groups of 3 or more.  Wrap wide green or red ribbon around the candles to add a finishing touch!




3. Re-purpose an old window. Hang a trinket in each pane to create a mantel masterpiece! A window decorated with all white could create the feeling of a white Christmas or winter wonderland. Include large ornaments & jingle bells to keep the scale of the window in balance. A flocked wreath would be perfect! Pulling together a few items that you most likely have in storage for your window could easily become the focal point of your room! Image below via Midwest Living.




4. Trim the fireplace! Get inspired by nature and layer for lushness. Across the top of the mantel, arrange a thick length of garland. Wire a green bow to the middle, and then artfully weave the ribbon tails throughout. Work in pinecones, berry branches, and various greenery sprigs for color and texture. It would also be fun to incorporate a reindeer or any tall natural Christmas icon mixed into a large area. Tall vases, candlesticks with large ornaments instead of candles, and fragrant eucalyptus are all items that would work beautifully in a traditional mantel.  Image below via Southern Living.




5. Top your mantel with winter blooms. Southern Living recommends to create this look with a base of silver artificial garland. Then tuck in layers of two kinds of fresh eucalyptus (silver dollar and seeded), as well as dusty miller placed in water tubes. Add silver brunia, white ranunculus, star of Bethlehem, 'Sahara' roses, eucalyptus pods, succulents, and snowberries to vases and along the mantel. I love the idea of sticking to the details of layering. Tuck surprise ornaments or white artificial doves or metallic garland. Again, LED candles are always great addition. Image below via Southern Living.


I hope these tips inspired you to get decorating! Happy Holidays from Lighting Emporium!

Author: Glenda Milam
Glenda is the lead designer and buyer for Lighting Emporium. she and her husband Ron, opened Lighting Emporium 24 Years ago. During that time her style, taste and selections for Lighting Emporium have been right on target. Traveling extensively has lead to a knowledge of how to mix international products into everyday design. Making close friends in the Lighting and Home Furnishings Industries has been crucial in the decision to take this step to create G.MILAM branding. And so, begins another phase (chapter) of Lighting Emporium. A new website and exclusive product on line and in our store.