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5 festive ways to dress up your mantel for Thanksgiving

5 festive ways to dress up your mantel for Thanksgiving

Living room mantel with firewood
A minimalist mantel with green and gold fall leaves.  Photo courtesy of Acanthus Architecture PA, Houzz
Mantel with holiday wreath
Fresh and contemporary, featuring a wreath of leucadendron foliage and tiny pumpkins. Photo courtesy of Living Green Design, Houzz
Houzz mantel with antlers and vases
Rustic cottage mantel features an arrangement of vases and jugs that works year-round.  Photo courtesy of Houzz
Farmhouse style mantel
The farmhouse style mantel ties in with the festive table decor. Photo courtesy of Corynne Pless, Houzz
Living room mantel with firewood
Mantel with holiday wreath
Fall mantel with rich and earthy textures
Houzz mantel with antlers and vases
Farmhouse style mantel

Give your fireplace — or sideboard or dining room table — a little extra love this year with decorations that celebrate the harvest, Thanksgiving, and more. To get your creativity flowing, take a look at these styling ideas, from an arrangement of pumpkins and fall leaves to a collection of branches and feathers.

Fresh and contemporary 
Keeping mantel decor simple and inspired by nature gives a fresh feeling to an airy living room. Try a wreath made of leucadendron foliage, lichen-covered twigs, persimmons, and tiny pumpkins. Add creamy yellow and green-striped pumpkins in a row on the mantel. Introducing deeper colors, like leucadendron's burgundy leaves, and bright accents from pumpkins and persimmons can make an otherwise neutral room feel festive for the season.

How to Lay Out a Contemporary Living Room

Minimalist
A spray of green and gold fall leaves and a couple of candles is all that’s needed to make a cozy fireplace feel dressed for the season. To set up your mantel so it’s easy to update for a year-round display, keep it simple and uncluttered, and invest in one standout vase. Over the year, you can fill the vessel with fresh seasonal elements, like cut branches in fall, evergreen conifer boughs in winter, delicate spring blooms, and colorful summer flowers.

Rich and earthy
Create a textured, earthy look by combining a variety of ingredients, concentrating on putting soft, fuzzy, or woven elements (like feathers, fabric, or baskets) in proximity to accessories with smooth, hard, or glossy surfaces (like glass bottles, metal candlesticks, or shiny picture frames).

Rustic cottage
An arrangement of vases and jugs is another example of a mantel display that works year-round. Add a few orange vases to an all-white collection for a welcome jolt of seasonal color.

Get a Statement-Making Vase to Center the Room

Farmhouse style
Use a flat woven basket set on edge to anchor a rustic fall-themed arrangement of pheasant feathers, miniature pumpkins and gourds, brass candlesticks, and sprays of berries. Bonus: Coordinate the table decorations with those on the mantel to tie the whole room together for a fall-themed dinner.

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