5 wintery decor ideas for your mantel

Jan 15, 2013 at 6:11 a.m. ET

Now that the holidays are over and your glittery ornaments, tinsel and Christmas tree is put away, your mantel is probably looking a little bare. These five fireplace decorating ideas are filled with bright blues, soft whites and a ton of natural accent pieces to liven up that mantel (and your mood!).

Just because the holidays are over doesn't mean your home decor has to be lackluster. These easy, stunning mantel inspirations will quickly spruce up your home for the next few months of winter.


Natural and rustic

If you don't want an overpowering look and want to keep the look simple and natural, go with a more rustic vibe. Add a lush evergreen garland to the top of your mantel. Intersperse the green with bright colored berries or blooms and add a few large hurricane candles for some flickering light. Or add a garland of sticks and pinecones with some dark-colored frames of family photos or quotes and milk glass vases filled with white or natural blooms for a pop of color. To keep this look from being drab and depressing, add a few statement color pieces to give it a pop.


Classic white, blue and silver

Classic white, blue and silver

If you look outside to the sparkling snow, you'll notice hints of white, silver and blue. Take these stunning (and beautifully contrasting) colors indoors to create your winter mantel. To keep the look modern, use whites from all sides of the spectrum, from bright and crisp to milky and creamy. Add an old, white chalkboard and frame to the center and decorate with bright white milk glass and sterling silver candlesticks on either side. Add some fun blue flowers (like these blue hydrangeas) to add the perfect pop of color. Another idea is to add a white wreath to the center of your mantel and decorate with blue, white and silver vases and candlesticks around it.


Sparkle and elegant

Just because the holidays are over doesn't mean you still can't decorate with sparkles, glitter and tinsel! To keep the look glamorous, incorporate just a few elements of sparkle to your mantel display. Ornaments aren't just for Christmas, so have a few hurricane vases filled with sparkly ornaments on either side of a simple yarn or evergreen wreath. You can also add a bit of glitz by painting old vases with glitter paint. Fill them with bright white or cream blooms to create a simple, yet statement, look. For a simple touch of glitter, string a few yards of tinsel in with a garland of evergreen for a subtle sparkle on your mantel.


Vintage chic

Vintage chic
Photo credit: Shelterness

Vintage is one of those design trends that will probably be in style forever, and we're totally okay with that. Not only is the vintage style really adaptable to any home, it's also very easy to make your own. To keep with the winter theme, pick up a few antique, distressed candlesticks to adorn either side. Then, place a refurbished shutter, mirror or window in the middle. Dress up the window or mirror with decals or leave the frame empty like this simple look. We also love the look of using a few different mismatched old mirrors and vintage candelabras as the main decor on your mantel for a striking, unique look (like this photo). For a great mixing of modern and vintage, pair some of your shabby pieces with brand new frames, candlesticks or vases for a striking contrast.


Modern and bright

If your style is more modern and new age, keep the look simple with a few key pieces. The key to modern decor is having one statement piece and a few smaller, subtler pieces to supplement the look. Start with a large piece of art in the center of your mantel. Then, add a few simple white bowls, vases or candlesticks around it and fill them with monochromatic blooms, fruits or vegetables for a simple, understated look (like this photo). To keep with the winter theme, decorate the whole mantel in all whites with just a few bright blooms to add color.

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