In case you want to know…
Rearrange your mantel, or some other highly visible area (focal point: the experts call them focal points) to an asymmetrical display.
I decided to take down a picture from my mantel and give it a more Christmas-y look. Nothing fancy. I like things simple. I moved the candlesticks, and painted a blue backdrop for the stocking holders. My daughter drew and cut the star. Simple.
My daughter, my husband, my eldest son all – independently of one another – told me that the blue board should be horizontal. Or moved on center. They flipped the board to show me what they meant. I assured them that my choice was intentional.
My husband readily accepted that I’d achieved more or less the look I wanted, and moved on to other things.
My eldest, who strongly dislikes asymmetry, rearranged it several ways, showing me layouts he found less jarring. One of his arrangements was rather nice, and I did agree that a wider blue board would have been better, but this was a zero cost project. I’m not going out to buy a bigger backdrop. (The blue board is a piece of foamboard that was purchased and not used a couple years ago, painted with leftover navy blue paint.)
My daughter, after seeing the star in place, asked, “What are you going to do with all that negative space?” I told her I was going to leave it negative. Her eyes widened in horror. She likes to fill in all blank spaces. Her bedroom is evidence of this. I told her that I want uncluttered, so the eye would go to the star, then to the tiny nativity below. She remains dubious.
I’m waiting to see if my youngest son says anything about it when he gets in later this week.
You can’t tell in the photo, but the star is glittery. I am tempted to take a can of white spray paint to the stocking holders, but I’m undecided on that.
What do you think? Honest opinions, please. Would my mantle drive you crazy?