20 ideas for holiday mantel decor that will make any room brighter: Even though the kitchen may be the home’s heart, the living room stove is its soul, especially when the weather gets cold. During the holiday season, people tend to stay inside and watch too many Hallmark films and too much eggnog. However, the fireplace wall has been a traditional focal point for many years and is now even more of a chance to add holiday sparkle and decorations.
20 ideas for holiday mantel decor that will make any room brighter
1. THINK BEYOND EVERGREENS
The famous designer Kelly Wearstler decided to use this green extravaganza to tell her own story. The Spanish moss in the wreath and the other plants in it represent her youth in South Carolina, and the magnolia and coyote bush from her home state of California represent her current way of life.
2. MOODY MANTEL
Dark and gloomy never set our hearts on fire so much! We’re crazy about this hot Soho Home fireplace spot. The dark jewel-toned furniture and fabrics are echoed in the garland, which has rich red and gold flowers. When the building’s parts speak for themselves, not much else is needed.
3. HIGH CONTRAST MANTEL MOMENT
The stockings aren’t the only thing that was carefully hung in Anastasia Casey’s cosy living room area at Identité Collective. Casey put strings of lights all over this huge garland, which looks great with a pair of sage green tights. It goes well with a grey living room. And the only thing we love more than a black-and-white moment is a black-and-white moment with contrast. It’s Barbenheimer for Christmas.
4. PURPLE FIRESIDE SCENE
Casey chose to use a more unusual holiday colour scheme in the cosy living room by adding shades of dusty purple to her wall art. “I chose to use muted mauve and berry colours in things like velvet ribbons, pillow covers, and a cosy throw blanket draped over our sofa. I also added balance with natural elements like fresh greenery, dried citrus slices, and lots of earth tones,” she says. A simple wreath on the mantel anchors the rest of the room and goes well with the soft purple.
5. LUXURIOUS FIRESIDE LIGHTS
This crackling fireside moment doesn’t require a colossal wreath to make an impact. The secret to some unique displays is variety. “Abundance can really be the highlight of the season,” designer Bradley Odom adds. “Instead of thinking in the rule of threes, throw that out the window and go over the top. Why not have 20 brass candleholders on your mantel?” Here, Odom festooned this mantel with a generous arrangement of billowing greens, including eucalyptus, pine, berry sprays, hypericum flowers, and tree branches—basically, anything you can get your hands on that’s green.
6. LIGHT AND BRIGHT FIRESIDE FLOURISH
We love how Anthropologie’s newest holiday collection makes us think of bohemian style. A thicket of dried pampas grass with sparkling lights scattered around it is what cozycore looks like. We love how you used a variety of candle sizes instead of wood logs to get rid of the smell of the campfire that you’ll be giving off for weeks.
7. HOLIDAY MANTEL ELEGANCE
An elegant holiday scene is made up of a traditional Christmas tree and a garland with red accents. Josh Young chose a traditional Christmas colour scheme for this project, which shows that some things never go out of style.
8. A NOD TO TRADITION
Cathy Kincaid, an artist from Texas, uses a mix of fruits and plaid ribbon to make a wreath with stars for the mantel in her dining room that looks like it was made in the early days of America.
9. A MANTEL WITH A MODERN TWIST
Delft-style porcelain makes for an elegant finish on this regal mantel, courtesy of the Enchanted Home. A generous portion of evergreen sprigs and magnolia leaves reminds us that it’s the holiday season. A smattering of oversize pine cones makes for a natural final flourish.
10. CHRISTMAS VILLAGE MANTEL
All is happy and blue in this mantel scene by artist Caitlin Wilson. Instead of putting up greenery like you usually do, add some cute ceramic Christmas village houses to the mantel shelf. Blue tights that go with the outfit finish off the look. We just hope Santa got the message that this year we’re going blue instead of red!
11. MIX IT UP
When Keith Carroll decorates his mantel for the holidays, he likes to use things he has collected, like a fruit-layered wreath or obelisks and horns. With B. Viz Design stockings on top, everyone will feel welcome, not just Santa Claus.
12. MAXIMALIST MAVEN
People know that John Derian loves Christmas, so it makes sense that his store, which bears his name, has lots of holiday items. The artist chose this spot to show off as many of his favourite holiday finds as he could.
13. NATURAL NODES
Branch and pine cones from Blackberry Farm Design were used to add natural elements to this more rustic-looking mantel for the holidays. For extra flair, they put traditional pillar lights in between the plants.
14. REIGNED IN
Hudson Grace stuck to one colour plan for this stylish, simple mantel. The holiday decorations matched the white walls inside, which made the greenery really stand out. Cofounder Monelle Totah tells ELLE DECOR, “I love decorating with our white nutcrackers for a very modern and very holiday touch.”
15. BRIGHT AND BESPOKE
Sister Parish Design’s creative director, Eliza Harris, says that you should make your decor as fun and festive as you can and always include things that were made by hand. For the stockings on the fireplace she decorated for the Mayflower Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection, she used the company’s signature Serendipity star-patterned fabric.
16. ENLIVEN THE SENSES
As a child, Doniphan Moore, a decorator from Texas, was inspired to add plants to his home by his church’s yearly “Hanging of the Greens” ceremony. Plus, he says, “It makes my house smell great.”
17. RUSTIC FESTIVITY
Inside designer Shea McGee used neutral plaid stockings, wooden lamps, and, of course, some greenery to create a country-style holiday mantel for her family. We would be slow to take this beautiful piece down in January.
18. PARED BACK
Simple is sometimes best. Take this holiday-themed wall from Olive & Cocoa as an example. There are a few nice touches that make the setting happy and bright, even if there isn’t a fire going.
19. GILDED AND GLITTERING
During the holidays, silver and gold are always a good choice. Balsam Hill, a store, chose to stick with this theme when it put its newest Christmas decorations on one of the mantels at the Plaza Hotel. It looks like a great place to curl up.
20. JINGLE ALL THE WAY
Natural shapes like berries, birds, acorns, and pine cones were used by Minnesota-based artist Bria Hammel to match her mantel decor to her Christmas tree. On top of everything else, she added metal parts like bells to give it more character.