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Two Inspiring Mantel Looks to Set the Tone for Your Holiday Decor

GET THE LOOK: green potted faux tree | green medium wooden tree | assorted ceramic tealight house | jolly farm round wall decor | 72″ jingle bell felt ball garland

Ah, the holidays. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Trimming the tree, hanging the stockings and stringing the lights all go hand-in-hand in bringing your home to life for the season.

When it comes to truly setting the tone for your holiday decor, however, look no further than your mantel. As with any other design project, your mantel generally serves as a focal point for the room – if not your entire main floor – and should have a focus.

If you’re just starting to define your holiday style, or are looking to overhaul your existing decor, we created two inspiring holiday looks for your mantel with tips on how to achieve each one. Get ready to say goodbye to red and green and say hello to a new way to decorate for the season.

look one: ENCHANTED TRADITIONAL

Regardless of your decor style, the first step in your approach should be to build a classic foundation that will never go out of style. Think evergreen trees, boxwood wreaths, twinkle lights, and classic pillar candles.

From there, determine if you want your holiday decor to take center stage or act as another layer in your space. If you prefer a minimal look and want to avoid your holiday decor from stealing the show, build on the existing colors and finishes in the room.

In the look above, we kept a neutral palette but added subtle texture, metallic finishes, and a hint of sparkle to give the mantel a traditional feel that doesn’t compete with the rest of the room. The minimal look is carried through to the seating area with cream pillows and a classic ivory throw.

GET THE ENCHANTED TRADITIONAL LOOK: christmas tree with glitter | s/3 ivory flocked trees | s/6 sand spectrum trees | metal & brass cone tree | white glitter holiday deer | applique floral felt stocking | mia pillow | winter wreath pillow | classic alpaca throw – ivory | faux flame candles | camden chair | bleached teak coffee table | cruz tray | vietri white mug 

look two: MODERN MOXIE

If your classic foundation is in place and you’re ready to set the scene for a festive holiday and spirited gatherings, inject more color and contrast in relation to the existing furnishings.

Our modern mantel look incorporates colorful bottle brush trees of varying sizes, heights, and colors. The bold injection of color is carried throughout the stockings and into the seating area with printed pillows and a bold cranberry throw. Our multicolor garland would also make a festive addition to this lively holiday look.

GET THE MODERN MOXIE LOOK: s/6 orange spectrum trees | s/4 bottle brush winter trees | boxwood wreath | pom pom wool felt stocking | snowflake wool felt stocking | white/red 12×20 plaid pillow | santa’s sleigh pocket pillow | classic alpaca throw – scarletfaux flame candles | camden chair | bleached teak coffee table | old st. nick santa mug | vietri st. nick latte mug | linen tea towel – red

For more holiday inspiration, check out our holiday lookbook!