Deck The Halls, Your Hearth, And Home This Holiday Season

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When it comes to decorating for the holidays, your fireplace mantle is the star of the show. After all, this is the spot that Santa leaves gifts and goodies, so you want to make sure it is spectacular. Before you deck the halls, consider some festive holiday tips for decorating this season:

Make Furniture a Focal Point

Accentuate and complement the looks of your hearth with some inviting furniture pieces on either side. This will create a focal point for the room that is cozy and welcoming. For instance, two luxuriously upholstered chairs or simple wood rockers create the perfect spot for wrapping gifts or enjoying holiday cheer.

Keep Things Simple

It makes sense to use a simple color palette for the holidays — one that pairs with the rest of your room's décor or style. You don't have to limit yourself to the traditional red and green; do something fresh and new that brings visual interest to your mantle. Some simple color schemes that are fresh, modern, and distinctive include pink and silver, blue and white, black and gold, or brown and teal; choose schemes that match and meld with the colors of your current furniture for cohesion.

Add Depth

Adding three-dimensional items to the mantle brings depth to the display; for instance, a plush snowman, a ceramic house, or an old-fashioned tree-topper add the right touch to your holiday hearth. These items bring life to the mantle and make it stand out.

Wrap It

Mimic the look of your holiday tree on the mantle with coordinated, wrapped gift boxes. Select smaller sizes that will fit well, and wrap to match your other gifts, décor, or home scheme. Take time to decorate each box with details like ribbon, bows, tags, and embellishments that will make them look authentic and ready to unwrap! Don't have a mantle? Check furniture stores and consignment sites for one that you can buy and easily install.

Add Antiques

Christmas is the perfect time to decorate with antique, vintage, or retro furnishings. Paired with your hearth and fireplace, they will create a festive and traditional atmosphere. Talk to furniture vendors at consignment stores or online boutiques to find one-of-a-kind furniture at competitive price points.

Practice safety when decorating the mantle and hearth of your home, and use these tips to create magic and a festive vibe. Visit furniture retailers in the region or online to find focal pieces that will create magic in your holiday interiors this season.