Now, don't get me wrong...I LOVE Christmas just as much as the next decorating-happy lady. But there is also something to be said for taking down all those colorful decorations and replacing them with something streamlined, something fresh, something that creates a calm feeling after all the excitement of the holiday season has slipped away into your memories and hopefully a scrapbook page or two.
As we move deeper into winter and see the sun less & less (I live in Oregon, so it's pretty dark around here this time of year.), I decided to add a little light to my mantle. In a family room with dark red walls and a lot of black accents, a shades of creamy ivory seemed like the way to go.
I like to carry a theme across my mantle while varying the heights of my display pieces. Ivory candles and stoneware pieces combine to give a calm, peaceful look to my mantle and serve to create my theme. For a touch of whimsy, I added a bust my daughter created in an art class to the mix. And to bring a little nature inside, I added some evergreens from the yard and natural spheres.
To add some height on the right side, I added a luminary and some more greens from the yard atop a dark pedestal. Using the ivory items in combination with dark iron accents and shiny glass pedestals.
When I create displays for my mantle, I try to follow a few simple tips:
Choose just one or two colors.
Use items of varying shapes, sizes & heights.
Add a little something from nature, even if it's a group of silk flowers.
When arranging my items, I try to space items of the same color across the mantle, leaving space between them. I like to see a little of the wall color between my items.
Using dark color items or items made from dark metal in varying shapes adds a nice texture to the display.
Use some of my tips the next time you create a new display for your mantle, I think you'll be pleased with the results.
Find some of the items I used to decorate my mantle on my Willow House Website. And look for more decorating tips on my Willow House Julie Facebook Page.
From left to right on my mantle are these current Willow House items:
Villa Footed Server
Drake Firefly Lantern
(Set of 2, I used one.)
Estate Trivet Trio
(Set of 3, I used one.)
(Set of 2, I used both.)
(Set of 2, I used both, one here & one on the far right.)
Villa Stoneware Salad Plate
(Set of 3, I used one.)