How-To Dress Your Mantle

The holidays seem to be approaching more quickly than usual this year. Whether there was time in your busy schedule to adorn your home with holiday delights this past weekend or you have it on your to do list this weekend, there's always room for some inspiration. The mantle is a great place to start adding bits of Christmas cheer.Keep it simple and fresh by adding a fresh garland with a few pinecones. Hang a simple green wreath above with a luxe ribbon to make it look a bit more glamorous.

For a more modern look, use creamy whites with powder blue accents. The graphic banner and resin deer heads are perfect and the bell garland adds the perfect touch of jewelry to this mantle. Need something a bit more traditional and sophisticated? Take your silver goblets and add some tiny pine trees into the mix.

Make use of what you have, with your collection of white pots and just add some greenery to each. Add a few ornaments for a touch of sparkle.

Have a glamourous mantle with ornaments that glitter and mercury glass candlesticks. The giant snowflakes make a bold statement and add a bit of fun to the mix. Dreaming of a white Christmas? White wreaths and branches are a beautiful way to decorate your mantle. The reflection of a wreath in the mirror above a mantle is so lovely. Add a bit of sparkle to your wreath to make is sparkle more. Adding these charming white ruffled stockings is the perfect way to finish off a polished look.

Using traditional reds and greens is a timeless way to decorate your mantle. Add a bit of whimsy to it with oversized snowflakes and patterned stockings. No mantle? Be creative... use your upright piano to hang your stockings and dress it with a fresh garland.

[photos from Style at Home, Southern Accents and Country Living]