Whilst the living room Christmas tree offers opportunity to go overboard with baubles, tinsel and fairy lights, a living room mantelpiece is often reserved for a more tasteful selection of festive touches. If you’re looking for items that are more tasteful than tacky, browse our guide to furnishing your mantel with style this December.
Not a decoration solely utilised at Christmas, flowers are often seen as an addition to a home throughout the year. Selectively choose a bunch of white roses to add a feel of elegant Christmas to your room. The festive white colour decorates your room subtly and provides a classy style to the mantelpiece. Not as crass as some festive novelty flowers available at florists over the period, make this choice if you want to add an air of the Christmas season, without being overly brash.
Another option that is not glaringly over the top, yet possesses a definite touch of Christmas is a well selected candle and stand, which imparts a gentle nudge to get into the Christmas spirit, without being overly loud. Some festive decorations incorporate fake candles and flames, which looks incredibly tacky, so invest wisely this December and add a touch of elegance to your mantelpiece. Select your holders astutely and they can be utilised as an accessory all the year round. Seasonal fragranced candles will also add a Christmas ambiance to both your living room, and your home.
Another slightly floral option, the garland is associated with Christmas whilst not being over the top when it comes to decoration. Whilst some can look cheap, tacky and nasty, the higher end of the market provides a stylish mantel decoration. Try to opt for a garland with a tasteful decoration style, as they last thing you want to be doing is hanging ghastly baubles all over your new decoration to spruce it up.
Tread with caution when choosing completely Christmas targeted decorations, as some can look tasteless. To most people, making sure a room feels overly festive is number one priority through the month of December, so decorations such as this Villeroy & Boch ornament would take pride of place on a stylish mantel. It’s completely fairytale Christmas in its nature, but works well due to the tastefulness of the decoration. At 22cm in height, use this as a centrepiece on your mantel, and add smaller contributory accessories as you see fit.
Try this collection of sparkling reindeer if petite decorations are more to your taste. Another option that utilises light Christmas colours, these decorations don’t hog your space, but do enough to catch the eye of any house guests. Not garishly over the top, and cheap enough to keep your budget intact, these two reindeer can be mixed and matched with other decorations to sparkle up your living room.
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