Your home’s fireplace is sure to be a popular gathering spot for friends and families this holiday season. A creatively decorated mantle will help set a festive mood and spread cheer throughout the home. Whether your tastes are rustic, traditional, or eclectic, you can personalize your mantle decor to suit any holiday style.


One of the easiest ways to switch things up is to choose unexpected colors as opposed to the traditional red and green for your mantle decor. Combining lavender with bright white and silver along with a few natural elements creates an elegant seasonal color scheme. The key is to set a neutral backdrop and add pops of the bolder shade. This could be done with any number of colors, including turquoise, yellow and more.

Adding in a natural element, real or artificial, is a sure way to dress up your mantle this holiday season. Choose from garlands of magnolia leaves, preserved boxwoods, Christmas cactuses, traditional poinsettas and pine swags, or even a miniature live Christmas tree.

Another idea is to choose a holiday theme for your mantle decor. One classic pairing isĀ silver and gold. Simply mix in elements using both silver and gold such as a garland, stockings, vases, mirrors and more. This theme works well with almost any decor and color scheme because the silver and golds act as neutrals while still adding a warm sparkle that makes it special.

Why not create a Candyland-inspired mantle paying tribute to the sweets we all hope to receive in our stockings on Christmas morning? Fill clear glass vases and bottles with colorful hard candies and arrange them along the mantle above stockings. The kids will love it!

Combine a blend of classic and modern accessories for a whimsical-style holiday mantle. Choose bright green and red ornaments, stockings, bows, and ribbons and mix with heirloom items or things you may already have around the house for a stylish, collected look.

For residential and commercial architecture and design services in the New England area, contact TMS Architects based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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