Styling a mantel is a fun way to usher in the seasons and showcase your favorite things. Applying simple design theory will make your mantel the commanding focal point it is meant to be.

Start the composition with a large piece of décor. If you love symmetry, then place it in the center. If you want something more asymmetrical, then place it off center and use it to build from there.

Create layers of varying heights. Start with the larger pieces and then fill in with smaller objects. Staggering their height and size will help to bring balance to each side, which is visually pleasing. Each object carries a visual weight, so be sure to step back and consider how each item you add balances the overall arrangement.

Texture and color should be distributed throughout the design to create visual interest. If you place a large object on one side be certain to add something on the other side to visually balance the impact it has.

Have fun with your designs. Don’t be afraid to try something different. After all that’s what makes your mantel different from everyone else’s.


Create a perfectly spooky fall look with jack-o-lanterns and creepy critters.

The beauty of fall foliage can be complemented by a range of decorations to create the perfect fall look. Use anything from pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns to metal and weathered wood decor. If you’re daring, add in skeletons, black cats, crows, spiders or other frightening creatures to create a chillingly stylish statement.


A winter wonderland can be easily created with lights, garlands and a beautiful Santa. Classic garlands and a large statement piece will bring together a festive design fit for the season.

Stockings and holly are great, but your mantel decor can become a special tradition for your family. Choose a piece to anchor the design and add texture with trees, garlands and pinecones. Decorations can be whatever speaks to you. Lighting always gives your mantel that festive glow.


The welcoming warm weather, fresh blooms and birds singing is the perfect reason to celebrate the return of warm weather.

A fresh, natural feel at this time of year is the perfect way to wake up your living room. Light fresh colors paired with neutral accents revive our spirit. Plants and flowers provide the pop of color in whatever combination speaks to you. Large scale artwork is perfect to set the scene for the accessories you choose to build a stunning display.


Warm weather takes us all outdoors, so why not bring some of it inside.

You can capture the feeling of your summer vacation with bright statement pieces with simple accents to create a vibrant style that reflects the sunny days ahead. An unframed canvas painting or other wall art can also provide color and interest to the whole arrangement. Don’t forget to use the colors you’ve chosen for your mantel throughout your room. Pillows and throws will repeat design elements and colors around the room.