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
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.
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 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.
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.
If your mantra is “simple and natural,” try pinecones, branches and twinkling white fairy lights.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
Speaking of poinsettias, a minimalist display becomes the focal point on this painted stone fireplace.
Light It Up
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.
Farmhouse and maximalist styles are opposites that attract. Pair rustic shiplap trees and faux fur throws for a look that’s all you.
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
Vintage Ball or Mason jars lend their seaglass hue to a yellow-and-green theme — especially pretty against spring green walls.
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.