We've got two large fireplaces, one in the front room and one in our bedroom. I tend to keep to more formal arrangement on these.
|Front room mantelpiece.|
Apart from Christmas when it's covered with a garland (see the 'Our decorated home' post), the colour scheme for the front room mantelpiece, as well as the rest of the room, during the winter months is red and gold. This is arranged using pairs, but the jugs and Russian dolls are not identical, as are the two red glass candlesticks and the glass tea-light holders.
|Front room detail one.|
|Front room detail two.|
The bedroom mantelpiece is also arranged in pairs (I don't change this one according to season).
|Bedroom mantelpiece detail one|
|Bedroom mantelpiece detail two.|
|Bedroom shelf detail one.|
|Bedroom shelf detail two.|
I also have a string of red battery operated LED lights intertwined between everything - I love these battery operated lights, you don't have trailing wires everywhere and the battery packs are easy to hide in or behind something. You definitely don't need to keep fairy lights just for christmas!
|Living room shelf.|
|Living room shelf detail one.|
|Living room shelf detail two.|