When it's time for holiday decorating, whether in your home or the home of a client, remember that the mantle or accent areas are two easy places to start. Use fresh or faux decorating materials, or a mixture of the two, to add a festive touch to holiday events.
Decorating holiday mantlesThe fireplace and mantle are often the focal area of a home, especially in winter. This is a great place to display winter greens, family heirlooms or your collection of Santas, nutcrackers, angels, snowmen or reindeer.
- Start with the largest objects. Place a mirror, artwork, holiday items or collectibles on the mantle. Create visual balance by placing similar large items or components of the same theme on the opposite side of the hearth below.
- Add your winter foliages. Create and place a wreath on the wall, atop a mirror or just prop it against a vertical surface. Hang a garland or lay it on the mantle. Cluster small topiaries at either end of the mantle. Tuck loose stems of greens between positioned décor. Use OASIS Raquettes or brick trays as the foam base for arrangements of greens such as magnolia, cedar, pine, boxwood, nandina, etc. Intersperse berries, pinecones, birch logs, etc. for a natural look or tuck in branches sprayed gold or silver for celebratory flair.
- Add sparkle with light. Use Christmas lights, lanterns, candles or acolytes (faux candles) to highlight the decorations. Keep it safe: place real candles that might touch flammable materials inside glass. Tape or tack dangling electrical wires down to avoid tripping. (See more holiday floral arrangements using a variety of materials).
- Personalize the décor. Focus on things that have special meaning for your or your client's family such as ornaments, collectibles, photos or stockings. Select a theme and use similar decorating elements throughout the house. Love nature? Use natural materials like fruit, birds, or cones. Like 'glitz and glam'? Choose silver or gold decorations or update older ones with metallic color spray. Miss the beach? Add white seashells into the mix.