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Rust And Red Color Scheme With A Bit Of Glitter Thrown In

Mantel Color Scheme

We’ve talked about choosing a color scheme when decorating the mantel….or anything else for that matter. Once I decide on a color scheme the decorating goes pretty fast.

Rust And Red Color Theme With A Bit Of Glitter Thrown In

The color scheme for this year’s Christmas mantel is rust and red with a little glitter thrown in. I can hear most of you going….”rust is a color”? For my purposes here I’m calling it a color.

red and rust color scheme for decorating the Christmas mantel

Once I pick the color scheme I shop my house, workshop, shed, everywhere, for stuff in those colors…..or close anyway.

stuff for decorating the mantel

See all the stuff in this photo! I gathered all of that and through trial and error, placing and removing, I came up with the perfect look.

gathering stuff for decorating the mantel and hearth

A lot of times I just know something will work in a certain place….and it doesn’t. When I was decorating the mantel the sun was shining bright. That’s why the photos look like they do.

Brass Santa with Sleigh and Reindeer

The brass Santa with sleigh and reindeer is a must. The hubby (JTS) brought it home from Korea on one of his Army tours. It’s been around for over 30 years. The chains are coming loose from the reindeer but I think that can be fixed.Sand is actually a bell but he came with the set or at least from Korea with hubby.

whimsical addition to mantel decor

Another must-have for any of my decorating is something whimsical. I saw the stuffed rooster (?) at the local thrift store and had to have him. Look at those colors…..and that face. Who could pass that up.

poinsettias in wood box

I put two poinsettia plants in a reclaimed wood box and set them on the hearth. The green wreath was a last minute addition. I found it at Bargain Hunt. I laid it against a stained glass window my daughter bought me a few years ago in Pensacola Florida.

rusty vintage kitchen scale with red van topped with Christmas tree

The rusty green scale was sent to me by a reader. You guys are the greatest. You show me a lot of love. The red beetle with the tree topper is making another showing this year.

vintage mantel decorations

I don’t know why I love that green bottle so much….I just do. It came from my favorite junk shop and was about half full of liquor or what I guess was liquor. I opened the bottle and poured it out. The smell was awful and the liquid was dark brown. I washed the bottle on the inside and tried not to mess up the label any more than it already was. The antique frame is one of a pair I bought at an antique shop in Arkansas. The pretty bold red wreath is from T.J. Maxx. I couldn’t resist it either. Red is my favorite color.

metal tree from salvaged junk

The angels were a last minute addition and the hardware Christmas tree I made this season is sold. I enjoy making the hardware trees and would love to get another one made this Christmas season but I don’t think it’s going to happen.

vintage decor for the Christmas mantel

That’s it for me. What do you guys think of the mantel décor. What is your favorite part of the display?

My Christmas tree is full of vintage glass ornaments, see it here…..Kathy’s Christmas Tree.

Get a look at the antique iron Christmas tree stand the hubby bought me at auction and the vintage ornaments too….Antique Tree Stand.

I did a Facebook live and shared more vintage ornaments the hubby bought me last week. I think I have enough vintage ornaments now. I may write a post tomorrow or I might give you guys a break until after Christmas. Thanks for being here, Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Love your mantel, especially the adorable rooster.I am so inspired by your blog. Thank you so much! Merry Christmas!

  2. ah, thank you so much JaneEllen! We haven’t had any snow yet. I bet it is beautiful there. I love red and that wreath was definitely calling my name. Merry Christmas!

  3. We finally got some snow early this morning. Had gone out to couch since I couldn’t sleep so watched the snow coming down thru upper part of front door – finally. We’ve had such a mild Fall was beginning to wonder.
    Maybe get more snow on Saturday to have white Christmas. Have you been getting snow for while? Hope so if you like snow.
    Your red wreath is so full and gorgeous, love all your decorations, always do. That box with poinsettias is perfectly rustic. Can see why you wanted the stuffed rooster.
    How nice your Mr. brings home vintage ornaments, you’re in perfect area to find them. Sounds like you’re keeping busy as always, finding good old pieces to redo?
    Wishing you and your a very MERRY CHRISTMAS

  4. The rust coloured wreath is a stunner. Just makes the colour in the bricks pop. Love the display. Great job. This coming from Manitoba ,Canada