You can’t really say you’re ready to celebrate Christmas until you’ve decorated the fireplace mantel. It’s a tradition to turn the mantel into a focal point for a special holiday. This Christmas you can try a few different ideas. Take a look at these and pick your favorite.
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Something simple like this can suit a modern interior and goes really well with Scandinavian-inspired interiors as well. The white candles blend in but still add a lovely touch to the mantel along with the stockings and the garland. Check out @loveresideshere for more inspiration.
For a more elegant touch you can take advantage of other existing décor elements. For instance there’s a big beautiful mirror above this mantel with a magnificent golden frame and it adds a lot to the décor. The Christmas garland is placed just below it, filling the gap between the frame and the mantel. Check out @therealmlandreth59 for more ideas.
You can also surround the mantel with lots of other beautiful Christmas decorations, including the actual tree. In this case the mantel with the lovely wreath framed above it, the stockings and the candle holders provide a background image for the larger decorations placed on either side of the fireplace. Check out this design by @jodie.thedesigntwins for inspiration.
Certain combinations of colors have become classics for Christmas ornaments and decors. The red and green go well together in this sort of context and here you can see them being used as accent colors for a cozy-looking fireplace surround shared by @fiddleleafinteriors.
You can add all sorts of cute decorations and details to your mantel, like these stylish tags made out of wooden discs. They’re nice and simple and add a touch of customization to the stockings. There’s also a little Ho,Ho,Ho sign also made from a slightly bigger wooden disc tag. Follow @flynn_dot for more lovely ideas.
A big mantel gives plenty of space for decorations. Here you can see a symmetrical design with quite a bit of details to it. There’s enough space for two tall and slender lamps on the sides, some wall art at the center and garlands, stockings, candles and miniature houses taking up the rest of the space. The gingerbread houses are a lovely touch. Check out @haverstrawhill for details.
Why hang one garland when you can have several beautifully displayed below the mantel? We’re feeling very inspired by this pink-themed Christmas décor shared by @myhoustonhouse. There’s a bunch of miniature trees grouped up on one side, some greenery on the other and even more pink trees at the base of the fireplace.
Another cute idea is to hang a chalkboard sign above the mantel. That way you can display a lovely message along with a bunch of other decorations like the more common garland, candles and stockings. What a cozy fireplace décor shared by @pinedaisyhouse! It has all these elements we just mentioned and more.
Paper decorations are quite fun and a lot of them are easy to make as well. But whether you craft these yourself or you get them from the store, consider using a few to decorate your fireplace mantel this year. Here you can see these oversized paper ornaments playing with size and perception and a beautiful and full eucalyptus garland that takes over the whole mantel. Check out @lovepropertyuk for more details and inspiration.
It can also be nice to let some of the mantel itself remain visible. Instead of covering it all up with garlands and decorations you could concentrate the ornaments at the center and leave the sides open. We really love how simple and elegant this fireplace décor shared by @abbys_homereno looks.
You don’t need to go overboard with the decorations in order to make an area look festive. For the mantel it’s enough to put up a green garland and hang some stockings in addition or perhaps in place of your usual decorations. It could also be nice to casually display a few things down below, to sort of frame the fireplace. Use this design by @threetimesahome as a source of inspiration.
Candles and mantles go hand in hand and not just as Christmas decorations. Check out how nice these ones look together with the fairy lights on the green garland, the miniature Christmas tree at the bottom and the mirror which actually adds a lot of depth to the décor and serves as a backdrop for the candles. This is a mantel design shared by @chasinglittlebirons.
Not all fireplaces have to be functional. This one for instance is a faux fireplace and it’s only meant to serve a decorative role. Whether it’s a permanent feature for your home or something that you only bring out around Christmas, This one is white so it blends in with the wall and it’s decorated with adorable little bottlebrush trees, tiny houses and a wreath centered just above. Check out @ivy.amelia for more details.
Decorate your mantel in a way that suits its design and the style of the fireplace. Take this one shared by @bohofarmhouseliving for example. It’s white but textured and patterned and the wooden mantel stands out. It’s decorated with simple ornaments that add touched of green and red to it without overcomplicating the design.
Add some greenery to the mantel as a way to bring some of the outdoors in for Christmas. The garland highlights the mantel and the mirror that sits on top adds a lot of depth to the décor. The mirror actually looks like a couple of arched windows. Check out @jk_farmhouselove for more details.
Here’s another well-balanced design, this time shared by @kelsieemm. The mantel actually blends in since it’s the same color as the wall behind it and very thin and that makes it look as if the green garland is floating. The big wreath hanging above it fills the wall in a simple but effective way.
If you want to make your mantle more visible at night, you can decorate it with a bunch of string lights and candles. There’s a bunch of different ways to make that happen. A lot of garlands have string lights on them and you can add more along with more ornaments to create a full and eye-catching design. Check out @supernovaathome for additional details and inspiration.
Of course, it might be that you don’t want the fireplace mantel to be the main focal point of the room, especially if the Christmas tree is also here. You can go ahead and decorate it in a style similar to that of the tree with a bit of uniqueness to it and that way you’ll get a cohesive décor. Check out @christmaslove365 for more interesting ideas.
Here you can see the stocking hanging from the mantel matching the gift bag under the tree. They add color to the whole room and stand out while most of the other decorations are more toned down and neutral in comparison. It’s a décor shared by @ldhomeinterior.
Try a nostalgic approach and invite everyone to reminisce about the old days. Display some old framed photos on the mantel and some of your old toys if you still have any. In fact, anything significant would do.
If you’re in the mood for something special. Try a themed mantel décor. For example, try something traditional like “the gifts of the magi” or something a little more unusual inspired by your favorite movies, books, etc.
Play with colors and shapes.
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.
Decorate with candles.
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.
Hang a wreath.
You can also decorate the fireplace mantel with wreaths. Either hang a wreath above the mantel or actually, let it rest on it. The wreath can be decorated the same way as your Christmas tree so the two can match or you can make it stand out.