Tips for Creating a Halloween Mantle

Halloween is quickly approaching and decorating for the holiday is so much fun.  With decorating windows, doorways, porches, and yards it may be easy to forget a focal point of your living room…your fireplace.  Here are some tips to help create an interesting and fun decorative area.

 

INCLUDE THE ENTIRE SCENE

It is easy to just focus on the mantle or piano top, but step back and see the entire scene.  You want to include the area around the entire fireplace or piano. You can place items too large or heavy for the mantle on the floor or hearth.

 

VARYING HEIGHTS ADD INTEREST

When placing your items on the mantle it is a good idea to vary levels of pieces to add interest and keep the eye moving along your entire scene.

 

 

TEXTURES DRAW ATTENTION

When you see something that has an interesting texture your first inclination is to reach out and touch.  Using different textures with your decorations add intrigue and invite people to look closer.

 

USE DIFFERENT SHAPES

Try mixing things up and really put purpose behind the items you select as decoration.  A mantle filled with only circular objects may be less inviting than a mantle with a wide variety of shapes.

 

MIX SHINY AND FLAT OBJECTS

The finish of the items you choose should vary, as well.  Go ahead and add some bling and metallics, but don’t forget softer matte finishes as well.

 

GO UNCONVENTIONAL

Break the mold and try different things.  When you think of Halloween decorations I bet a feathered tree made from a cone is probably not one of them.  But a cone covered with black, orange, and green feathers (not to mention purple glitter) really gives a Halloween vibe.  Plus it will be a great conversation starter.  So go ahead, be bold and daring.

 

SPLURGE ON A BIG ITEM

I am not suggesting you break the bank.  But if you find a great deal on a larger item that is more than the other items you decorate with, go for it.  That one larger item can be the focal point or anchor for your entire decoration.  Stick with something that has more traditional colors or design to it, though.  If chosen wisely this piece can be used with different accent pieces for years without looking dated.

Crafters and DIYers that prefer to create their own pieces instead of buying, this applies to you as well.  Splurge on that piece or trim that is a little more than you would normally pay.  This one time piece is worth it.  When you take it out every year you will see.

 

MISUSE ON PURPOSE

Candle holders and potpourri containers are pretty, but if your house if full of little ones those items are not very practical.  Fill those containers, especially tea light holders with small amounts of candy.  It is unexpected and the small amount won’t mess up a meal if taken by tiny fingers.  It looks cool, too.

 

*Please be careful of fire hazards if you plan on using your fireplace while it is decorated.*

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