15 Beautiful Ways to Decorate the Mantel for Christmas

Whether decked with stockings, festooned with greenery or glittering with lights, nothing says “Christmas” like a beautifully decorated mantel. Here are 15 ideas, from simple to all-out luxurious that will inspire you to decorate the mantel this season.

Garlands You’ll Love

Glowing fireplace festooned with Christmas greenery
Photo: Architectural Digest

Let your mantel decor take a cue from your room’s design. In a classical room like this, try a simple swag of greenery with mistletoe or ribbons. This timeless look pops against creamy, white walls with matching trim.

Country-style living room with emerald walls and Christmas decorations
Photo: Country Living

This stunning mantel is the same rich, green as the walls — a hot color tip for your own home. To get this look, pick up seasonal paintings at flea markets or antique malls. Then set them off with¬†ornamented garland and stockings hung by the chimney with care.

A family living room decorated for Christmas
Photo: Styled by Herr

A modern dilemma: how do you decorate a mantel with a TV over it? Keep it super-simple with a slim line of garland and the family’s stockings. Then balance it out with a festive bar cart, decorated bookshelves and a glass box of pretty ornaments.

A grand lodge-style dining room with giant swags of Christmas garland on the fireplace
Photo: DIY Network

The rich wood paneling of this grand dining room provides a backdrop for an over-the-top display of at least three types of greenery, poinsettias and a scene-stealing wreath.

Farmhouse Mantels

Country style living room with tan walls and Christmas decorations
Photo: Elle Decor

If your mantra is “simple and natural,” try pinecones, branches and twinkling white fairy lights.

Magnolia House B and B's fireplace decorated for Christmas by Joanna Gaines
Photo: HGTV

Joanna Gaines stacks pretty logs in front of a gas-burning fireplace at Magnolia House, the family’s B and B. Topped with a pine wreath and striped stockings, this room is ready for a visit from the big guy (Santa, not Chip!).

A midcentury modern fireplace with modern Christmas decorations
Photo: Curbly

MidMod’s minimalist lines call for equally minimalist — yet striking — Christmas decor. A small, refined tree and a garnish of glistening tinsel are all you need.

Seasonal Flowers

Photo: Lonny

The rich wood tones of this mantel bring an old-fashioned feel to an all-white room. Add a surprising touch to your holiday fireplace: lucky bamboo in chinoiserie pots.

Photo: Martha Stewart

Martha herself decorated this pink dining room at Blair House with delicate rosettes and antique tinsel. Not lighting your fireplace? Fill it with seasonal flowers, like amaryllis and poinsettias.

Photo: Domino

Speaking of poinsettias, a minimalist display becomes the focal point on this painted stone fireplace.

Light It Up

Photo: Julie Warnock Interiors

For a sophisticated curated look, choose two colors, such as white and burlap. Plan your Christmas decorations — from Christmas tree ornaments, to stockings, to the mantel — around that theme, and you have one of the season’s most memorable looks.

Photo: Our Vintage Farmhouse

Farmhouse and maximalist styles are opposites that attract. Pair rustic shiplap trees and faux fur throws for a look that’s all you.

A white fireplace with the mantel decorated for Christmas
Photo: Damask et Dentelle

Modern farmhouse style is all about keeping things simple and organic. When decorating for Christmas, look for: thrift-store finds (like brass candlesticks), antique ornaments, gilded or painted mirrors, crystal chandeliers, homey quilts, natural greenery and weathered wood.

Say It Loud

A spring green living room with vintage Christmas decor
Photo: Southern Living

Vintage Ball or Mason jars lend their seaglass hue to a yellow-and-green theme — especially pretty against spring green walls.

Rustic farmhouse dining room with white walls and Christmas decor
Photo: Fox Hollow Cottage

Marry rustic farmhouse with pop-culture vintage by standing a modern Christmas sign against antique letterpress trays. Bright white walls are a hallmark of farmhouse decor.

Gather the family round a beautifully decorated mantel this Christmas season. And while everyone is watching Hallmark movies or football games, find your personal color palette at Paintzen. We’ll send out top-rated local painters to take care of the painting for you. Now¬†that’s a gift that keeps on giving.