Whether you like to wait until the day after Thanksgiving to begin putting up Christmas decorations or you want to get a head start on wishing tidings of good cheer, this unpredictable year deserves an all-out joyful celebration. What better way to invite Santa Claus to your festive fireplace than with a beautifully decorated mantle, the merry centerpiece of your gorgeous family or living room!

As we mentioned in our Creating a Cozy Indoor Oasis for Fall blog post, the fireplace is the perfect space to invite warmth and Horizon Stone natural stone veneer can help you create a beautiful fireplace that’s all your own. Did you know that Horizon Stone accessories can help you create a mantle or hearthstone to fully enhance your design? Complete your fireplace so that you’re ready well before Christmas Eve and follow these helpful tips for how to decorate your mantle for Christmas: 

Holiday Color Scheme – When it comes to decorating anything for Christmas, we immediately think of pine green and traditional red. You can never wrong go with utilizing these colors the most!  Shimmery whites, silver, and gold will allow you to craft a glistening snowy mantle. If you are leaning towards a different vision, just remember that most rich, deep colors of equal intensity will typically balance each other out in a color combination.  Navy is a color that is trending this year and brings to mind a long winter’s night. All of these colors will play off of the natural vibe of wood and stone in this Handcrafted fireplace in color Hermitage (below) perfectly.

Natural Elements – A Christmas arrangement has to have pieces of nature to capture the spirit of the season! You can opt for genuine branches, trimmings, and pinecones, or you can use plastic and decorative varieties that are realistically colored, metallic, or shimmery.  We also love the use of decorative snow blankets on the top of mantles to add a magical touch to your shelf. Combined with a rustic fireplace featuring Handcrafted stone in color Harbor Bluff (below), your mantle will be the perfect connection to the winter wonderland outside:

Family Heirlooms – Before adding the standard decorative pieces from a décor store like nutcrackers, Christmas trees, and snowmen to your mantle, think of any meaningful family relics you might have tucked away that would bring back cherished holiday memories. Framed Christmas pictures, snow globes, favorite ornaments kept from childhood, and other Christmas keepsakes can add a personal touch to your mantle that embodies the holiday. These types of items don’t have to necessarily match other elements perfectly since they are perfect as they are so just decorate from the heart. 

Holiday Glow – To make your mantle arrangement shine, be sure to add an appropriate light source to give all of the design elements an ethereal glow. This can be strings of Christmas lights white or colored, wax or electric candles, or even small decorative lamps. Just like lights on a Christmas tree illuminate the room with the warmth of the season, your mantel will glisten in the night time and let Santa know exactly where to stop!  

Make sure to explore Pinterest for all of the holiday mantle inspiration you need. Remember that no matter what the current Christmas design trends are, a mantle that you and your family loves represents approval from the most important opinions. If you have a Horizon Stone fireplace, make sure to tag us with your dazzling Christmas mantle pics on our Horizon Stone Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages~ Happy Holidays!