Warmth and cheer abound during the holiday season, making the fireplace a focal point of your home. Traditionally a place for hanging stockings, the hearth and mantel have become a popular location for other Christmas décor, too. From simple to extravagant, we’ve gathered our favorite mantel decorating ideas to inspire your home this Christmas.
Popular Christmas Mantel Décor Ideas
Hang Christmas stockings from your mantel for an instantaneous pop of color and texture. Stockings come in a nearly infinite number of materials, patterns, and colors, so it’s easy to find a pair that speaks to your sense of style or, if you prefer, mix and match for an eclectic look. They’re affordable and an easy way to keep up with Christmas décor trends each year.
Put Out Garland
Real or faux garland is perfect for the fireplace because its long, narrow shape sits securely on top of the mantel. Like stockings, its popularity means there are hundreds of options to choose from. We love pre-lit and flocked styles for classic Christmas designs or garland in non-traditional colors, such as pink or neon green, for a contemporary look.
Hang a Wreath
A well-placed wreath above the hearth adds warmth to your living room, but there are multiple ways to enjoy this classic piece of greenery. If you currently have a mirror above your mantel, use it as a backdrop for your wreath. The reflection of greenery looks elegant and adds depth to your room. If your fireplace isn’t in use, you can also hang a wreath off the front of the mantel.
String Some Lights
Christmas lights are a simple way to up your holiday decorating game, both outdoors and inside. Wrap string lights around garland or add candles to your mantel display. Whether you opt for candle holders or lanterns, consider battery-powered candles – they’re safer and last all season long.
Use light-up marquee letters to spell out popular holiday phrases, such as Joy, Noel, or Ho Ho Ho. This vintage-inspired signage complements modern and contemporary interiors, while maintaining its nostalgic appeal. Surround with greenery or place alongside your usual decorations.
Hang a Piece of Wall Art
If you typically hang artwork above your mantel, the holiday season is the perfect opportunity to mix it up. Whether it’s an abstract print in vibrant holiday colors or an elegant still life painting, holiday wall art is a festive, no-fuss way to refresh your mantel design for the season.
Popular Christmas Mantel Styles
Modern Holiday Mantel
Non-traditional holiday greenery, such as eucalyptus, is the perfect way to get a modern, organic look. The light green of eucalyptus leaves looks naturally frosted and adds an elegant texture to fresh pine boughs. Keep colors fairly neutral – black and white with subtle touches of gold is very chic.
Minimalist Holiday Mantel
With enough plush pillows and throws, Scandinavian style tends to feel hygge all on its own, so keep your fireplace simple. A single string of garland and lights is beautiful and elegant, especially when paired with an oversized mirror or piece of artwork.
Rustic Holiday Mantel
Woodland themes are popular because they create a cozy, winter wonderland ambiance. Beech wood logs stacked inside a non-working fireplace, combined with smaller limbs, twinkle lights, and a decorative deer statue up top set a snowy scenescape that’s full of rustic Christmas charm.
Traditional Holiday Mantel
If you tend to stick with tradition, mix up your mantel display with updated holiday décor. Nestle flocked tabletop trees into your garland and add a vintage-inspired Santa statute to the mix. A gold lantern and some holly berries are the perfect final touch.
Unique Christmas Mantel Ideas
Create a Mantel Scenescape
Similar to a sideboard or dining room table, mantels are a delightful place to create a holiday scenescape. Look for décor that fits a theme or tells a story when grouped together and experiment with scale, color, and texture. Bottle brush or mercury glass trees are particularly popular add-ins.
Try a Tiny Christmas Tree
A tabletop tree on the mantel is a wonderful solution for homes with limited floor space (or those wishing to avoid the hassle of a full-sized tree). It’s quaint, cheerful, and a modern-day take on Charlie Brown style.
Pick a Color Palette
When it doubt, pick a color palette and go for it. Whether it’s all-white, blush, or fuschia, a color scheme is a fun way to give your fireplace a festive pop that will keep you smiling all season long.
Your mantel is a great place to show off your holiday cheer, so make this a Christmas tradition for years to come. It’s festive, fun to do, and a simple way to decorate your fireplace, even when it’s not in use.