November has arrived, and with it comes the holiday season and the time to bring out your holiday mantel decor as well.

Here in the States we celebrate so many in the coming weeks from Thanksgiving to Hannukah, and Christmas through New Year's Eve. It’s tradition to embellish the home with twinkle lights, evergreens, and ribbons, and also add a few elements that sparkle and shine.

To follow you’ll find five different approaches to decorating your holiday mantel!

1. Classic

The traditional colors of Christmas are red and green, using them in a mantel display is a classic approach. Even with traditional colors, mantel decorating feels fresh with lighted fir garland and simple decorative elements found in the tartan fabrics and linen stockings. 

A living room with traditional holiday mantel decor

2. Rustic

Organic elements add appealing layers of texture. To capture the rustic look, decorate with accents that incorporate weathered wood, burlap fabrics, and bronze or metal finishes. 

A holiday mantel decorated in a Rustic style

3. Glamorous

"Silver and gold, silver and gold... everyone wishes for silver and gold!" Just like in the popular holiday song, filling your home with mixed metallics in both silver and gold will add desirable sparkle and glamour.

Luxe touches like fur stockings layered with black and white textiles increase the sophistication of the space.

Living room with modern holiday decor

4. Colorful

Seasonal decorating should not be restricted to silver and gold, or traditional red and green.

Think outside the box when it comes to color. Mix pinks and purple ornaments with green and blue and nestle them among greenery.

Add colorful candles too! A faceted decorative mirror sparkles in the center of the colorful display.

A faceted decorative mirror hangs above a holiday mantel

5. Unexpected

Ignore rules of perfect symmetry and instead play with scale and proportion in an asymmetrical arrangement.

Layer predictable holiday elements in unpredictable ways! Notice the cluster of ornaments on the left and stockings on the right anchored by a modern wood slice arrangement in the firebox.

Dramatic decorative mirrors positioned above the mantel fill the vertical space and maintain the calm amid the creativity on display.

A uniquely decorated holiday mantel with decorative mirror above

Spend an hour or two getting creative with your holiday mantel decor this holiday season, one you'll enjoy looking at while you sip hot beverages and warm yourself by the fire!

image sources: the lily pad cottage, tomkat studio, bliss at home, hi sugarplum, hunted interior