Traditional to Modern: How to Decorate Your Mantel for the Holidays

Dress up your mantel (and living room) three unique ways this holiday season with these fresh and festive looks.


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Vintage Yuletide

Stuck on an overall look for your mantel? Red and green will always do the trick if you stick with proper layering and add plenty of texture.
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Monogrammed Stockings

To get longevity from your holiday stockings, choose a classic knit style. An extra layer of personalization, such as initials for each family member, will make them memorable for decades of holiday celebrations.


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Tons of Texture

Any time you’re dressing up sleek, modern surfaces for the holidays, try mixing them with coarse textures. Here, the leather look of the contemporary chairs is updated with a chunky, knit throw and a graphic pillow.


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Neutral Stockings

Take the less-is-more approach with your mantel by hanging stockings in neutral shades of grey and white. Whenever color isn’t the main focus, it’s smart to stick with stockings in neutral tones that offer lots of texture or timeless patterns.


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Woodland Shapes

Bring a playful vibe to your neutral holiday decor with touches of woodland creatures. Here, a friendly owl brings personality to the modern armchairs.
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Shape and Texture

One of the best ways to create a well-curated, seasonal look is to ensure a nice mix of shape and texture. From the round clock and organic shape of the garland to the linear look of the mirrors, a mix of rectangular, circular and botanical always strikes the perfect balance.
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Lots of Layers

Garland in unexpected colors adds an instant conversation starter to holiday gatherings. For a dramatic backdrop to the wine-toned ornaments, a midnight-blue garland is draped over the mantel.
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Touch of Brass

A great way to break up the richness of midnight blue and merlot red is with touches of metallic. While silver tones are cool, brass and bronze tones add a warmth which layers perfectly with reds and blues.
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Rose Gold Accents

Stuck between silver or gold accents for your seasonal look? You may want to consider rose gold, which is a lighter and more playful metallic known for its hints of pink and white brass.
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Splashes of White

To keep the merlot and blue palette from darkening your space, layer in touches of ultra white. From area rugs to throw blankets to flocked wreaths, a few hints of bright white will brighten the overall look.

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