Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

3 Stylish Ways to Decorate Your Holiday Mantel

With timeless yuletide pieces, such as wreaths and garlands, you can transform a bare and ordinary-looking mantel into a festive and endearing highlight for the season. The key to this style of decoration lies in the fusion of its details, where the shape, texture and color of the items easily give your room a festive atmosphere.

Transform your mantel with a Balsam Hill wreath and garland pairing

With Balsam Hill’s extensive assortment of wreaths and garlands, you can easily create a holiday mantel to suit your home. Whether you prefer traditional, transitional or contemporary décor, we’ll show you how you can achieve a look that complements your taste and style.

The Timeless Elegance of Traditional Mantels

Classical holiday décor has always had a way of adding warmth and elegance to any space. Make your holiday living room come alive by placing our elegant Balsam Hill prelit Christmas wreath and coordinating garland on your traditional mantel.

Artificial christmas tree, wreath, and garland in a traditional style

Designed to evoke the beauty of fresh winter evergreens, our yuletide wreath features the finest and most realistic artificial foliage around. Its full round shape is reminiscent of lush forests, making it an ideal focal point for splendid holiday celebrations, while its brilliant and ambient LED lights help add an enchanting luminescence to your home.

Balsam Hill's Sugarlands Spruce with a traditionally decorated mantel

Transform your fireplace into a vision of holiday grandeur by adorning it with our pre-lit Christmas garland. In this photo, the decorative garland easily blends well with other elements on the mantel such as the portrait and the candles. The classic look of the mantel together with the holiday tree also pulls colors from the room’s drapery panels, beautifully patterned rug, and walls. This helps create a specialized look of high end design for the space.

Flameless Candles

Another way to bring life to your classic holiday mantel is through the use of ambient lighting. By placing candles on top of your fireplace, you can add mild luminescence to highlight your mantel as well as an excellent counterbalance to the fiery radiance from your hearth. This helps create a warmer atmosphere to match the cold winter evening.

An assortment of flameless LED candles on a mantel

These chic flameless candles can also be used without foliage decorations for a simpler, clean look. Similar to regular wax candles, our flameless candles cast the same relaxing and soothing light but without the flame. Their soft flicker provides an excellent hint of the fiery radiance of your hearth.

The Sophisticated Charm of Transitional Mantels

Complement the charm of your home by making our Balsam Hill pre-lit wreath and garland without any accent pieces or ribbon the centerpiece of your Christmas mantel. The high contrast of the aura of this room is exhibited in a crisp way for the tree, with true red and white with silver glittered accents. Set against a winter white background, the lifelike needles and branches of Balsam Hill’s artisan greenery stand out.

decorated artificial christmas tree, wreath and garland in a transitional style home

Here an elegant but more transitional space eases a bit of the formality with all the festivity and expectation included. The simplified color scheme focuses attention on your lovely greenery.

The Pristine Beauty of Contemporary Mantels

Our Balsam Hill prelit Christmas wreaths and garlands also allow you to decorate your home for the season without sacrificing your minimalist tastes.

large wreath over a mantelpiece flanked by red gifts

Following a classic Christmas color scheme of red and green, this mantel is a modern take on a traditional look. An oversized wreath is simply adorned with red, silver, white and cream accents to heighten its festively lush, deep green foliage.

artificial christmas wreath and garland decorated with metallic ornaments

For another way to exhibit modern elegance, you can also create a muted toned mantel by making the garland the main mantel adornment and simply embellishing with your own decorative ornaments. Don’t have room above your ledge of your mantel? Consider hanging a small 18” to 24” wreath directly above the fireplace. This is to complement the look of the garland and to also create a different take on a predictable combination. Monochromatic embellishments in metallic colors lend a touch of sparkle to the overall look, bringing the lush foliage to life.

This year, create a beautiful holiday mantel with any of these ideas. For more inspiring tips on how you can decorate your home with Balsam Hill’s artisan foliage products, follow us on Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter.

About the Author
Dagmar Obert is a designer with over two decades of experience transforming homes into spaces that reflect comfort and elegance. Her sophisticated style emanates from her love of color, forms, and textures. From her choice of fabric to her selection of accent pieces, Dagmar pulls together the look of a room to deliver a statement of class. Surrounded by family and friends, Dagmar takes delight in turning her own home into a venue where wonderful occasions are made more memorable. Her how-to guides and inspiration articles on decorating and entertaining provide readers with unique ways to create the perfect setting for life’s cherished moments.

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