Last year I wanted my Valentine Mantel to be completely neutral and calm.
You can take a look at it here.
This year, I still wanted to keep it simple, but with a pop of red.
So, I simply spray painted my wooden X and O with the same red spray paint I used on my lamps.
You can see in the photo above that I also spray painted a frame the same red
and hung a heart shaped grapevine wreath inside.
(That was before my cow painting was done. Now "Bonnie" hangs above my old blue dresser.)
These galvanized tin hearts were IKEA Christmas ornaments I got in 2012.
I love that I can use them more than once a year!
I'm loving my preserved boxwood topiaries!
These exact same ones can be found at Homegoods for $30 each,
but my Safeway store had them on a shelf of closeout stuff in the floral department
for a fraction of the price.
They had some blue gingham type ribbon on them when I bought them.
I put this nicer grain sack style ribbon with the red stripes around them instead.
So, a pop of red or totally neutral ~
what do you prefer?