‘Tis the season for holiday cheer, and a few rounds of eggnog while gathered with family and friends. And what better welcome and entertaining focal point for you and your guests to enjoy than the warm glow of your fireplace. But you don’t have to stop there. Oh ho ho ho, no! Along with that decorated tree or what have you in the corner, you may want to think about sprucing up your fireplace mantle as a way to really relish in the season’s festivities. In this post we’re going to take a look at some easy do-it-yourself merry mantle ideas, while keeping in mind fire safety.

DESIGN BASICS & SAFETY

Before your shopping or your household rummaging begins, there are a few basic design elements to keep in mind when decorating your fireplace mantle. This will ensure your creation that others will have heard on high. So, what are some things you should know to choose the best, most appropriate decorations for your masterpiece? Let’s take a look!

    • Balance: as a focal point, ensure you have a good mix of large and smaller decore items in order to create balance
    • Mantle Size:  make sure to choose festive items based on the proportions of your mantle.
    • Room Ambiance: to ensure flow and harmony within the room, look at extending the room’s existing theme—this also means staying in the same colour family
    • Number of Items: restrict the number of decorations to work with.  This will ensure your mantle doesn’t have a cluttered or mish-mashed look
    • Flammability: make sure to choose holiday décor that is fire safe (books, kerosene oil lamps, fabrics, even certain flowers and plants may not be well-suited to atop a heated fireplace)
      • Remember, depending on the type of fireplace you own, gas or wood, there will be a set of rules and protocols as to what items may or may not be appropriate to place on the mantle.  Consult with the manufacturer’s guide to ensure proper safety and awareness of ignition free decorating ‘safe zones’.

FESTIVE MANTLE IDEAS

So now that you’ve got the basic understanding of how to decorate your mantle, let’s take a look at what you’ll need in order to create your own festive, fun, and elegant fireplace mantle!

Simple & Refined

Materials: garland, stockings, letters, hooks

Sophisticated & Natural

Materials: cedar garland, pinecones, wire, branches, reindeer moss, white and green flowers, terracotta containers, scented candles or cinnamon sticks, oranges and limes

Personal & Colorful

Materials: evergreen garland, carnations, julep cups, holiday cards

Vintage & Whimsical

Materials: faux snow, coloured or clear mason jars, glass ornaments, antique decorations, sparkling snowflakes, holiday greeting garland

OTHER MANTLE DECORATING IDEAS

Christmas countdown

Turn your mantle into an advent calendar countdown to Christmas

Extra ornaments

Turn surplus ornaments into a holiday display by using various vases and bowls

Christmas window

Repurpose an old window as a Christmas mantle masterpiece.

Candy jar mantle

Fill clear glass containers with candy that coordinates with your color scheme. Let the Holiday snacking begin!

Vacation-theme mantle

What a great way to surprise your family with the news of a booked holiday vacation!

So there you have it. Some great fireplace mantle ideas to get you in the holiday spirit! Remember, with a little creativity you can create a festive focal point masterpiece.

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Neil L., Sudbury, ON

The guys from Nordic Energy Systems were really good. We called them to install a new fire place/chimney. Going into the project I was a little bit worried. We had a brand new steel roof and I was afraid it might get messed up during the installation, but my fears were unwarranted. Everything looks great!

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Laura

I can’t say enough about Nordic Energy. From the choosing of the stove to the explanation of how it works the store staff (Denis) was amazing. Where to start with the installation crew. Lucas (Logan) lol Rob and Jacob. What an awesome crew. Very pleasant and knowledgeable. They took such care with my home and in their detail to the little things. The job was never rushed and was done with care. Everything was explained so that it was clear and questions answered. I cannot say enough about Lucas and how he explained everything to me and how if he didn’t like the way things were working once the stove was set up he went back and made sure it was to his satisfaction. It speaks volumes to see someone take such pride in his work. Thanks so much for the amazing service to you all. I would give an 11 if I could. Will highly recommend your company. I will definitely be back for future business. Thanks so much.

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Thank you so much for the wonderful service provided by you and your team. We also appreciate your patience with us through the installation process, including the return trip to our house to get the fireplace in the right spot. Your efforts to make everything just perfect were much appreciated. Kind regards

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We wanted to let you know that we have used our fireplace a few times now. There were several evenings earlier in September that were chilly and gave us a good excuse to try it out. We absolutely love the fireplace! It fits our room perfectly and provides just the right amount of heat. You suggested the perfect model for what we needed and wanted. Thank you so much for the wonderful service provided by you and your team. We also appreciate your patience with us through the installation process, including the return trip to our house to get the fireplace in the right spot. Your efforts to make everything just perfect were much appreciated. Kind regards
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