Light and Festive
Create a light and simple look by keeping a few items from your everyday mantel decor—framed art, a vase, collectibles—and adding layers of holiday color and texture: tabletop Christmas trees, branches spray-painted white and adorned with ornaments, a minimal wreath, a garland of greenery and white faux-fur stockings.
Big and Bold
When your fireplace is big and tall, choose Christmas mantel decor that matches the style and scale. For instance, use a pair of crossed skis to support a nest of greenery and frame a bright and bold Noel greeting. That leaves plenty of room on the mantel itself to layer favorite artwork and hang large stockings.
Take a sparkling and sophisticated approach to Christmas mantel decor by making a striking mirror the focal point and layering on a mix of metallic finishes—silver, champagne and copper. Light-colored cone trees, LED candles and stockings stand out among a bed of metallic spray-painted garland that’s enhanced by strings of tiny LED fairy lights. A wreath of spray-painted greenery sets off the mirror glass.
Maximize the power of candles by massing them across your mantel among a bed of greenery. Stick with a uniform look, or vary the candle heights and colors to mix things up. If you’re worried about wax drips or open flames, choose battery-powered LED candles.
Star of the Show
Make one large element the star of your mantel display, then give it a strong supporting cast. Here, a rustic DIY wooden star shares the stage with log-look LED candles and an assortment of nature-theme ornaments and garland.
Joy to the World
Be a child again and let your Christmas mantel express the sheer joy and wonder of the season. Think big shapes, bright colors and fun flourishes such as candy and oversize lights. The “O” in “JOY” is a wreath, while the “J” and “Y” are shapes cut from cardboard and wrapped in garland.
Take a traditional tack by decorating your mantel in classic Christmas colors of red, gold and green. Anchor the display with a wreath hung over a large mirror, then add garland, LED candles, stockings and your favorite ornaments.
Live or artificial evergreen garlands make a great base for your Christmas mantel display. To lend the greens a glamorous look, dress them up with some joyful jewelry, such as glossy red berry picks, sparkly red-and-gold beaded garland and shiny red ball ornaments that dangle like earrings.
Traditional holiday colors are fine, but don’t be afraid to expand your palette. Rich teal, royal purple, vivid chartreuse and striking fuchsia give your mantel a worldly look that affirms the global nature of Christmas. Use these bold hues on the mantel to decorate a green wreath, white mini Christmas trees or garlands of greenery.
Reflections of Your Style
Personalize your Christmas mantel display with pieces that speak to your style or hold special meaning, such as DIY antiqued framed mirrors family heirloom stockings or soldier nutcrackers.
Your holiday mantel is the perfect spot for some tiny Christmas trees. There are many options to choose from, including mini versions of traditional evergreen trees, or more stylized looks in different materials and colors. As with candles, you can mass identical trees or mix a variety of styles. Mini trees that light up make your mantel even more magical.