Aside from keeping you warm all winter long, your fireplace serves as an important focal point, especially when it’s decked out for the holidays. In this month’s blog, we share some tips on dressing up your fireplace mantel this season. 

1. Determine your theme.

Before you get started, think about your decorating theme. Traditional? Vintage? Rustic Farmhouse? Gilded Glamour? Winter White? To get the look you want, spend some time gathering inspiration online from Pinterest or other sites.

2. Gather the basics.

When it comes to decorating your fireplace mantel, there are some staple items to include:

Garlands: Whether fresh or artificial, a garland adds holiday cheer to any mantel. Buy them pre-decorated or get plain ones and decorate them yourself with berries, fruit, glass balls, silk birds, or other ornaments.

Faux Snow: If garlands aren’t your thing, add a layer of faux snow to your mantel and place your decorations on top of it.

Wreaths: If you have the space, add a wreath above your fireplace that coordinates with the rest of your decor.

Lights, Lanterns, and Candles: To add a little sparkle to your mantle, weave some string lights through your garland. Optionally, top your mantle with some lanterns or globe-covered candles.

Stockings: Nothing brings back childhood holiday memories like stockings hung by the chimney with care. Hang one for family members young and old. (Don’t forget to hang one for your fur babies!)

3. Make it personal.

To make your home uniquely yours this holiday season, incorporate some of your favorite things in your mantel decorating, including:

  • Childhood toys

  • Framed family photos or other artwork

  • Treasured collections (Christmas villages, nutcrackers, snowmen, angels, etc.)

4. Keep it fun!

Remember, there’s really no wrong way to decorate your mantel. Keep it fun and involve the family. 

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Custom Fireplace Mantels in NH

We couldn’t talk about decorating fireplace mantels without sharing a picture of one of our favorite custom projects. Wouldn’t you love to decorate this hand-carved mantel? It was designed and built by The Wood Works, Cormack’s woodworking division. To learn more about our custom woodworking services, including cabinets and built-ins, contact our team.

Feature photo credit: Kirkland’s Home Decor & Gifts

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