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Christmas Mantel Decor Ideas

Posted on November 17, 2020 by Maggie Erickson

Discover our favorite Christmas mantelpiece decor ideas to help you style your mantel this Christmas

A fireplace mantel is one of the most versatile features in a home to work with. A mantel is a lot like a blank canvas in the way that it lets you play and create works of art to match any season. All it takes is a bit of creativity and some thoughtfully curated pieces. And, when it comes to Christmas, there are no limits to the different ways you can craft a festive mantel!

How to create a Christmas mantel

You don’t need a professional decorator to design a stylish mantel for your home. By incorporating a few easy design elements, you can create a unique Christmas mantel all on your own.

Elegant, cosy and minimalist mantelpiece style, ready for Christmas

Image: Better Homes & Gardens

  1. Choose a focal point: Every Christmas mantel needs a statement piece. This should be a larger item, like a painting, stately antique, or floral arrangement that draws the eye and sets the tone.
  2. Create depth with layers: Don’t just build your display across the mantel — layer your pieces from the wall forward to add some eye catching dimension. Framed pictures, panes of glass, and candlesticks of different sizes all work well for this purpose.
  3. Add complimentary pieces: Once you’ve established a theme for your Christmas mantel, seek out smaller pieces that compliment your look. The key here is choosing items that pull your theme together without overtaking your focal point.
  4. Finish with texture: Like the icing on a cake, adding texture to your mantel is the perfect finishing touch. Look for the kind of Christmas decor that makes you want to reach out and touch: textiles like stockings and wool blankets, or natural elements like wood or evergreen boughs.


    A white Christmas with chic mantelpiece decor

    Image: Liz Marie Blog 

    Find your perfect mantel style

    There are so many ways to style your mantel for Christmas. But if you’re having trouble deciding where to start, here are a few of our favorite ideas to inspire you:

    Mountain lodge nostalgia

    Create mountain lodge vibes with our Christmas mantelpiece decor

    Image: The Happy Housy 

    This style evokes cozy winters spent around the fire at a cabin deep in the woods. This style would also work well with a pair of antique skis criss-crossed as your focal point, and wooden decor like this antique goat statue or these hand-carved bookends to create a mountain lodge look.


    Metallic minimalism

    Decorate your mantelpiece with the modern metallic look, for both modern and traditional homes and styles

    Image: Funky Junk Interiors

    Marrying vintage antique pieces with clean, minimalist design is the perfect way to bring a touch of warmth and character to a more modern decorating style. Neutral tones coupled with metal pieces like this copper kettle and this two-toned vase come together to create an elegant and stylish winter look.


    Classic Christmas chic

    A classic Christmas mantelpiece style, with a cosy fire place and beautifully lit Christmas tree

    Image: Attic Mag 

    There’s nothing like a fireplace decorated with classic Christmas touches to make the holidays feel merry and bright. Welcome Santa to your home with a mantel that evokes the Christmases of yesteryear by adding time-honored pieces such as this antique liquor box or these brass candlesticks.

    Treat your fireplace mantel as your canvas this holiday season. With a few gorgeous antique pieces, you’ll be able to create an eye-catching masterpiece.

    For more inspiration, take a look at our decorative accessories below, or visit us in store to browse our winter wonderland.

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