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How to Style a Holiday Mantel Three Ways

How to Style a Holiday Mantel Three Ways

Image source:  Kindred VintageSharon Hughes

Fireplaces are a focal point of a room, used as an anchor when designing. During the holiday season, they’re used to hang stockings, display fresh greenery and are adorned with winter decor to make the space feel extra cozy and festive. The beautiful thing about mantels is that there are a million ways to style them, depending on the interior structure and the person decorating it. It truly is a place where personal style and creativity shine!

To create a cohesive mantel display, it’s important to start with a color palette and determine the focal piece you’d like to highlight. Doing this will make the process more enjoyable as you’ll be able to get creative with the details around your focal piece. In this post, we will be sharing three easy ways to style your mantel for the holidays—classic, layered, and asymmetrical. 

Classic

Classic displays are great for those decorating a mantel for the first time—or for the simplistic decorator! To create a classic look, pick a single focal piece and gather the items you’d like to compliment it with. Place your focal piece in the center, and use your secondary items to surround it. Use this mantel as an example—it’s simple and classic, yet so striking! Wonder why? The combination of this boldly painted fireplace, oversized art, and metallic details are the perfect storm and instantly grabs your eye. 

Image source:  Kindred VintageSharon Hughes

The formula here is pretty easy to follow—oversized art + unique candlesticks + a furry friend! 😉 In all seriousness—a dramatic and beautiful oversized piece of art—such as our Stag print, is really all you need to get started. 

Image source:  Kindred VintageSharon Hughes
Image source:  Kindred VintageSharon Hughes

Candlesticks have an undeniable way of adding cozy to a room, which is why you’ll frequently see them on mantels! Styling tip: alternate heights when styling candlesticks and stagger them from front to back instead of creating a straight line. 

Image source:  Kindred VintageSharon Hughes

Layered

To create a layered look, start off by using two or more focal pieces of art or decor—these will be your anchors. Place one in front of the other, with the taller item layered behind the shorter item. 

Image source:  Kindred VintageSharon Hughes

Now it’s time to build! Style the rest of your mantel with decor of varying heights and sizes. This is similar to the Classic approach, but includes additional decor elements, leaving you with a completely different end result!

Image source:  Kindred VintageSharon Hughes
Image source:  Kindred VintageSharon Hughes

Remember to keep balance in mind as you’re decorating—you don’t want to have too many items on one side and not enough on the other. For this look, the heavier (left) side of the mantel was balanced by incorporating the birch vases on the right side of the floor. Don’t be afraid to use the surrounding spaces to complete the look! Styling tip: Take a few steps back periodically to get a full view of the fireplace. 

Image source:  Kindred VintageSharon Hughes

Asymmetrical

To create an asymmetrical look, you want to make sure both sides are actually different, not just ‘so-so’. For this look, the focal point is the stocking cluster on the left—your eyes are immediately drawn to that area, right? That was done intentionally!

Image source:  Kindred VintageSharon Hughes

Decide where you want the focal point to be and keep the rest of the mantel simple. Styling tip: Don’t be afraid of creating a look that may seem off-kilter, that’s where creativity lives!

Image source:  Kindred VintageSharon Hughes
Image source:  Kindred VintageSharon Hughes

 

 

We hope these three guides help you create the coziest mantel this season. Don’t forget to share your fireplaces with us using #arhausinmyhouse @arhaus on Instagram!

 

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