Whites, golds and warm metallic tones take point in this elegant mantel while accents of red and green reinforce the Christmas theme.
This metallic wreath quickly catches the eye. Silver and gold set the tone for other decor elements. Hang it off-center for an unexpected focal point.
Add decorations — such as these light-up trees — to continue the elegant theme. Burgundy and a warm rose-gold add color and the lights inside provide a soft glow in the evening.
A Santa gives a nostalgic nod to classic Christmas decorations but the gold robe, belt and boots tie this figurine into the modern look of the mantel.
Cardinal and berry Christmas stockings blend white with a deep burgundy to add colorful touches. Use gold-tone stocking holders to coordinate the elements with the overall look.
A pair of deer rounds out the traditional, but sculpted lines speak to the modern elements. Darker tones complement the bright white and gold decorations.
Woodsy touches and the look of homemade decorations let you create a mantel with a simple, refined look.
A greenery-and-ornament wreath takes center stage. Silvers, golds and bright, red berries add color while a twig wrap gives it a rustic appeal.
Add a toy-like element and more traditional colors with this truck and tree under a glass cloche.
Stockings are traditional decorations for a Christmas mantel, but you can put a relaxed spin on the idea. These quilted stockings speak of comfort and warmth. Ornaments with the look of antique toys and homemade crafts add a retro touch.
Celebrate your merry, fun-loving spirit with this blend of traditional decor and contemporary ideas.
Nutcrackers are perennial favorites of the Christmas season. This pair of distressed-finish wood nutcrackers give the classic symbol a vintage look and add to the fun, playful appeal of the mantel.
In a change from the traditional, wall art takes the place of a wreath over this mantel. The merry colors and hand-painted look heighten the feel of old-fashioned merriment.
Put another twist on tradition by swapping out Christmas stockings for Christmas cards. Hang them on the mantel with red ribbons for a personal finishing touch.
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