15 Holiday Mantel Ideas for Your Fireplace

Glittering trees and mercury glass decorate this holiday mantel

15 holiday mantel ideas for your fireplace

The fireplace is the focal point of the living room, and during the holidays, it seems we’re always gathering around it. Since decorating the mantel can feel be intimidating, we thought we’d round up all our favorites from over the years to get those creative holiday juices flowing. Here are 15 of our favorites:

1. Fresh and Green

The mantel above is simple but elegant. Long swags of garland, groupings of fresh magnolia leaves, and tea light candles are really all you need to pull of this look!

Glittering trees and mercury glass decorate this holiday mantel

2. Small Trees

Tabletop trees are one of our favorite holiday decorating accents because they’re so versatile. Here, a grouping add texture and height to the mantel. To add even more height to some of them, we placed them on top of wrapped gifts.

An all plaid space is brightened up with a white mirror and antlers

3. All Aboard the Plaid Train

Plaid is the ultimate holiday pattern, and in a room that’s already so festive, why not add some extra ornamental flair? We added thick greenery on the mantel, red and white glass ornaments, and two trees to turn this mantel into a dramatic focal point.

Simple wreaths over the mantel

4. Think in Multiples

Of course not every mantel needs a swag of greenery. This classic mantel looks plenty festive with three wreaths on the mirrors and stockings hung by the chimney with care.

Coastal theme to a fireplace mantel during the holidays

5. Going Coastal

Of course if you’re having a holiday by the water, we love the ideas of bringing watery blues into your holiday decor. This mantel mixes holiday accents like sprigs of greenery, wrapped gifts, and stockings on its mantel.

Pine cones adorn this holiday mantel and feel woodsy and warm

6. Pine on Point

Before decorating for the holidays, survey your yard to see what you can gather. We used tons of pine cones to dramatic effect on this mantel. Mixed with some potted amaryllis bulbs, it feels elegant and classically Christmas.

Gold letters make the perfect statement on a holiday mantel

7. Joy to the World

Make a statement on your fireplace mantel (literally) by adding some of our typesetter plaques. The gold finish really sparkles when you add twinkling Christmas lights.

Garland two ways on this holiday mantel

8. Garland, Two Ways

There’s no such thing as too much garland on your holiday mantel. For this fireplace, we added a swag from the mantel, and also one lining the top of the mantel. Together they added tons of texture and movement to the fireplace.

Holiday mantel with large candle sticks and red pillar candles

9. Candles Galore

At a loss for hoe to make your mantel really shine? Glimmering candle light is a no-fail option. Here, we chose large mercury glass candle sticks and red pillar candles to draw your eye around the fireplace.

Holiday art piece with topiaries and garland

10. Holiday Art Pieces

Holiday themed art pieces make your fireplace feel really special. Each year, we have a special edition Santa portrait painted by an artist in France. These prints make the perfect focal point over your holiday mantel.

Simple holiday greenery on your fireplace mantel

11. Simple and Elegant

Sometimes less can be more. With some large mercury glass urns and some sprigs of fresh pine, this large fireplace mantel feels festive but not overdone.

A garland of ornaments make this fireplace mantel shine

12. DIY Garland of ornaments

Don’t overthink it. You may only need some ribbon and a few special ornaments to give your fireplace mantel that festive feel. Above, we used some simple mercury glass votives and hung ornaments from burlap ribbon.

Stocking holders that look like wrapped gifts

13. Stuffed to the Gills

If you’ve got some great stocking holders, consider making those the focal point of your fireplace mantel. Here, we just added a rope of garland behind the stocking holders and a potted mini tree. The look is simple to put together but still super festive.

Garland, a wreath, and stockings by the fireplace mantel

14. Fresh Greens

When you really want to turn your fireplace into a focal point, consider adding both twinkling ropes of garland and a big holiday wreath. This classic holiday pairing can do no wrong in our book!

Elevate candles on stacks of books and add a wreath

15. Mix It All In

You most likely have your mantel decor set before the holidays, and in many cases, there’s no reason to start from scratch. The books on this mantel live here year round, but when the holidays roll around, simple add a wreath and some candles!

Find more holiday decorating and entertaining ideas, or visit our Pinterest Holiday board.

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.