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Holiday mantel decorations can be traditional or unique. Most of all, they are meaningful to the household. Let’s discuss some holidays celebrated in the US and how colors and symbolism might add some festive spirit to your fireplace mantel.
Before you decorate, make sure your fireplace is safe. Older homes and fireplaces that haven’t been used in years may require maintenance. Hire a reputable fireplace repair service to check your fireplace and chimney if you are unsure.
Simple Decorating Schemes
There are three common schemes for decorating a horizontal surface like a mantel.
Centered schemes draw the eye to the centerpiece of the display. The left and right sides are balanced to avoid drawing attention away from the centerpiece.
Balanced schemes treat the left and right sides of the mantel as important locations to hold eye-catching items of the same visual weight. There can be a centerpiece.
Even schemes distribute decorations evenly across the surface of the mantel.
Ideas for Thanksgiving Mantels
Traditional colors for Thanksgiving include orange, yellow, brown, and black. Common Thanksgiving symbols include:
- Pumpkins & pumpkin pie
- Dry leaves
- Corn stalks
- Ears of corn
- Harvest time
- Rural life
Natural products are popular as Thanksgiving decorations. Pine cones, dry leaves and berries, and similar things, most of which can be found on a walk through the woods or local park. Remember to check them for bugs. Bringing a real log into your house sounds festive until termites crawl out of it.
Rural life is a popular Thanksgiving theme. Harvest images are appropriate, as well as portrayals of hunting and family cooking. Abundance is a theme too, reflected by extravagant uses of silver and gold, and preparation of seasonal delicacies.
Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa Mantels
These holidays are family oriented. Symbols and colors can be tightly interwoven with family tradition, and blended families may find decorating ideas complicated when it comes to the holidays. It can be fun figuring it out.
Every faith has preferred colors and patterns. Colors like red, white, green, blue, silver, and gold are common at this time of year. Religious symbols are often the centerpiece.
One idea is to decorate in a fusion of faiths and traditions. A Nativity scene, dioramas, figurines, and even small toys can be used effectively. Sprigs of winter plants, candles, lights, and tinsel can fill in the gaps.
Ideas for Halloween Mantels
Halloween can be as silly and goofy or as scary as you like. The colors are mostly black and orange, with a little white, green, and purple.
Family-friendly mantel decorations include:
- Halloween candy
- Black cats
- Ghosts in sheets
- Spider webs
- Moon and stars
- Haunted houses
Centerpieces might include a spooky mask or figurine. Even and balanced decorating schemes support spooky animatronics, spooky scenes, graveyard dioramas, and more.
No Skill Necessary
You don’t have to be an artist to have fun decorating your mantel. Building up a mantel with family and friends is the best way to decorate. No matter what you end up with, it will be fun and meaningful.
By James Deutsch
who is a writer with a passion for interior décor and DIY projects. He writes about the art of decorating small spaces, home maintenance projects, and that #vanlife aesthetic.
Member since May, 2023
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