How To Decorate Your Mantlepiece

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Take a mantlepiece masterclass with floristry experts Kitten Grayson

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The tree tends to steal the limelight Christmas decorating – but don’t forget about your mantlepiece. A surprisingly versatile feature, mantlepieces call out for beautiful framing to create a focal point. Floral installation studio Kitten Grayson are the experts on effortlessly modern, visually captivating mantlepiece decorations. Read on for their tips on dressing your mantlepiece, from what foliage to choose and where to source it, to which colours to blend around your fireplace and what to hang on the walls for perfect framing. 

Kitten Grayson foliage decorated fireplace with gold mirror hanging above

1. Get your kit together

Grab some chicken wire, a heavy brick or weight and then wrap the weight in chicken wire – this will ensure your installation will stay sturdy on your mantelpiece.

2. Re-use and recycle

Look to reuse materials that you put in your installation every year. The beauty of dried flowers and foliages is that if they’re well-kept, you can enjoy them year after year. You can also compost anything you want to get rid of.

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3. Gather from the ground

A tip when foraging is to look out for bracken, beautifully-shaped fallen branches, old man’s beard, honesty and teasels – the dried foliages will look beautiful and wild in any installation.

4. Light some lanterns

Create an atmosphere with candles – go wild! Placing lanterns around the base of the installation is a really safe way of doing this while casting beautiful shadows in the room.

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5. Mix up your materials

Adding different materials and textures will give your installation a new look. For a luxurious finish, weave in bows, ribbons and taffeta in golds and bronzed tones. We also love paper tinsel!

Kitten Grayson black fireplace grate with candles and cow parsley

6. Weave in fresh bulbs

Adding spring bulbs into the arrangement will keep the magic of your mantlepiece alive into the New Year. Snowdrops and paperwhites are a perfect addition, and you can replant both of them in pots the following year.

Jamb Georgian fireplace with mirror hanging above

7. Switch up your shapes

You can change up the shape of your installation year on year using the same materials, but adding a few more each time to create different looks and textures. Adding in dried hydrangea works really well – the colour is so festive!


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