Christmas Mantel Decor Ideas


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The mantel is where you hang your stockings with care, but there's so much more that can be done to this space—whether there's a TV on top, a fireplace underneath, or none of the above. In fact, we'd venture to say neglecting your mantel is a real missed opportunity to add festive Christmas decorations to your home.




You don't have to be a professional decorator to get it right. There are tons of Christmas mantel decor ideas that are simple enough for novices, but make a serious statement above your fireplace.




If you love the rustic farmhouse or country aesthetic, lean on traditional colors, vintage signs, and natural elements like birch. If your space is more modern, and you have a TV above your mantel, hone in on contemporary ideas—like using jewel tones instead of the more customary reds and greens.




And, if you simply like to indulge your inner child during this time of year (who doesn't!), why not go for something truly whimsical—like placing rainbow-colored felt garland or even a fun holiday DIY, like a marquee sign, on your mantel?
The moral of the story: If you can dream it, you can do it—and these inspirational images are proof.


Incorporate Birch Accents



There's something so magical about a birch forest all decked in snow. Bring that ambiance inside by decorating your mantel with birch logs and candles, plus other natural elements, like evergreen and winter berries.


Make Glittered Mason Jars



If you have a TV above your mantel, avoid any big, bulky decorations that might obstruct your view. We love the idea of flanking your tech with a stunning DIY, like a cluster of these glittered mason jars.


Play With an Unexpected Color



For a bright and airy look that suits any modern space, lean on greenery and a singular unexpected color—like peach.


Add a Kraft Paper Scroll



Browns, creams, and greens give this Christmas mantel an upscale country vibe. We love the idea of adding a kraft paper scroll to write out your favorite holiday phrase or greeting. (If you don't love your handwriting, use stamps or stencils for a cleaner finish.)


Hang Graphic Prints



For one of the most budget-friendly (and simple) decorating ideas, line your mantel with printable Christmas art. The options are endless, from typography to seasonal illustrations.


Opt for a Different Kind of Garland



Instead of a structured garland, arrange big sprigs of evergreen on your mantel, so branches gracefully cascade from all directions. Twinkling fairy lights only serve to make the setting even more romantic.


Incorporate Chunky Knits



Your favorite sweater isn't the only chunky knit you should rely on this winter. Yarn trees, giant knit stockings, and other textiles make for a dreamy scene.


Include Plenty of Buffalo Check



Celebrating in a wooded cabin or a farmhouse? Buffalo check decor feels just right for the occasion...





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