Do you remember that episode of Seinfeld when George Costanza finally has to come to terms with his Holiday heritage?
It all comes to a head with his father proudly revealing that while other families celebrated Christmas or Hanukkah, the Costanza family celebrated their own unique holiday. Festivus.
And out comes the ‘Festivus’ pole! The person holding the pole gets the opportunity to air all of the grievances they have against the people in their lives.
Well my friends, I too have become a ‘Festivus’ follower. I’m holding the ‘Festivus’ pole in my hand and I’m ready to air my grievances.
You ready? Here we go! On a warm day in early September I was purusing Pinterest for some Fall Mantel Decorating ideas. And after looking through hundreds of photos, I realized something. There were no dark wood mantels. Everything was white, white and more white. I hopped over to some of my favorite online magazines to look at their round-ups of fall mantels and again, all white. Slide show after slide show of beautiful fall mantels and not a single one included a dark wood fireplace.
And I cry foul!
So, I’m declaring that on this day, the 15th of October, we will celebrate a
‘Dark Wood Fireplace Mantel Festivus For the Rest of Us’!
And I thought that if I’m feeling a little bit left out, maybe you are too. And maybe you really like your dark mantel. Maybe you don’t want it to be white. And maybe you would like some inspiration and ideas just for YOU!
You see, I love a white mantel. Really I do. But isn’t there something so rich about that dark wood?
So warm and so cozy?
It can allow you the opportunity to create wonderful contrasts. You can enhance it by adding layers of neutrals like I did on my own fall mantel this year.
You can pile it high with all of the best elements from nature and give it the opportunity to really stand out in a room that is predominantly white like Courteny from French Country Cottage did with her fall mantel.
Or you can add subtle contrast and texture using pieces that truly capture the warmth of the dark wood like Courtney from Golden Boys and Me.
You don’t always have to go with lighter colors against a dark mantel. Using black with the pops of orange like this mantel from Dining Delight proves that you don’t have to hide the darker tones but can celebrate them instead.
Using metal to create some shine, Donna from Funky Junk Interiors captures the beautiful grain in her wood mantel and then enhances it all with the overflowing texture of dried hydrangeas. And it looks like the kitty approves!
So, whose with me?
Won’t you join me in celebrating the ‘Dark Wood Fireplace Mantel Festivus for the Rest of Us’?
I promise I won’t even make you perform the ‘Feats of Strength’! 😉
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