21 Fireplace Mantel Decoration Ideas

Fireplaces are very beautiful regardless of the type of home or décor you have. They are very cozy and their designs can vary according to the style you prefer. Still, it’s not that simple to integrate a fireplace into your home. You need to make it seem like a part of the picture and for that some decorative skills are necessary. Here are some ideas that you can use. You’ll find traditional, modern and even country decorative ideas and they are all interesting and adaptable.

It’s common for paintings or framed photos to be displayed on the mantel


Since the fireplace is such an eye-catching element in any home, whatever you choose to place on the fireplace mantel or on the wall in crucial and can change the whole décor. Of course, you would have to adapt these ideas presented here to the dimensions of your own mantel and the type of fireplace you have. Also, you need to make sure that the size of the decorations you use for display is appropriate for the dimensions of the fireplace as to create a nice visual balance.

Another option is to display hobby items or collectibles


If you prefer a traditional look, candles would be nice choice. It’s sort of a clichee already but so is the traditional décor. Some candles, usually two, in silver or crystal candlesticks would look beautiful on the fireplace mantel. Place them on the ends of the mantle, maybe with a photo between them. Also, you could choose different-sized candles. Another traditional decoration can be obtain using flowers. Use some fresh flowers in a tall vase, either alone or near the candles and you get a romantic look.

A mirror with an interesting frame could look interesting above the fireplace


Or perhaps you’d prefer something less eye-catching but classy


Traditional homes have their own way of decorating the mantel


Flowers and other types of ornaments are usual choices for such decors


In a more modern setting, something simpler and more abstract would look beautiful


The space above the mantel is great for displaying framed family photos


An elegant and simple option includes candles complemented by a small vase


Mirrors make a space look larger and this is a suitable place to display one


Add a few metallic touches to the décor through accent details such as this mirror frame


Turn the mantel into a bookshelf. Add a few ornaments as well


A collection of vases or bottles could become a focal point for the fireplace area


Display a bright, bold painting on the mantel just to draw attention


Create your own collection of ornaments and personalize it


As long as it’s framed beautifully, anything can become a great decoration for the mantel


Group together items that share something in common. For example, color


Or create a themed décor for the mantel. Try something nature-inspired


Turn the fireplace wall into a gallery and mix and match different shapes and sizes


Keep the mantel decorations simple and match them to the fireplace


Mix together different types of decorations such as candles, paintings and planters


If you prefer something more modern then it would be best to keep it simple. Minimalist decors are usually the way to go. You could use for example a simple sculpture in the center or a piece of art. You can also leave the mantel as such if the fireplace is colorful and bold.
For country casual decors you could use things like a small box or jar, maybe a plant or a framed embroidery piece. The result will be a cozy look.

As for the wall, a large picture with a tranquil look like a mountain or the ocean is something  you can use for all types of decors.{pictures from diynetwork and bhg}