The fireplace is often the heart of the home, and even more so during the holidays. Decorating fireplace mantels has become a favorite holiday tradition. Each home and each family have creative and unique ideas for making their custom fireplace mantel stand out. Below are some tips for creating a beautiful mantel for the holidays that everyone will enjoy. First, clear your mantel. You want to begin with a clean slate to give it a unique and fresh look for the holidays. While this may seem obvious, many holiday mantels just incorporate seasonal decorations into existing mantel decor. Second, establish a theme. There are many so many unique styles that will reflect your home’s character and personality. A rustic look can add charm and warmth to the home, while a contemporary look can create a sense of elegance and sophistication. Third, select the decorating items that reflect your theme. As you do this, think about height and texture. Adding a round shape such as a wreath softens the hard lines and squares of the fireplace. Hurricane lamps on either end of the mantel add balance and height. Garland adds depth and texture. The garland and wreath can reflect your theme. Greenery with pine cones enhances the rustic look, while white and silver with metallic and mirrors complements the contemporary look. Finally, think about adding your own personal touches. Adding local artwork or family heirlooms is a great way to make your custom fireplace mantel truly special. At Shenandoah Furniture Gallery, we carefully salvage old barns and agricultural buildings to re-claim wood, stone, tin, and square nails to create our custom fireplace mantels. Come visit us in Loudoun County’s historic Purcellville to see how we make the heart of your home special for the holidays!