Turn the fireplace mantel into a focal point using color. You can hang different-colored stocking or you can display an array of floral ornaments, also featuring a rainbow of colors. You can even borrow a few ornaments from your Christmas tree and display them on the mantel in a creative way. You can use candles to decorate the mantel and make it glow. Use candles of different shapes and sizes and votives and arrange them as you find it fit. You can also use a few other things in between, like pine cones, Christmas tree branches, tree ornaments, etc.
Have you ever tried to install a set of shelves only to find that the brackets get in the way? No matter how you change it around, you just cant seem to get it right. There is a type of shelving that can help you avoid this problem altogether, they are called floating shelves.