Decorating the Mantel – Christmas Edition

Midwest Living

‘Tis the holiday season — time to decorate those fireplaces and make them a festive focal point!

While we don’t all have the exact same decorations and accessories, we can certainly mimic the structure and/or ideas of our favorite design, so we’ve pulled together some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.

Let’s get started:

Embrace tradition.

You just can’t go wrong with red and green for Christmas, right?

Jenny from Evolution of Style relied mostly on the tree and garland for her green and then added fun pops of red in the ornaments and accessories.  A great traditional Christmas look.

Light it up.

There’s something about lights, twinkly or not, that brings a warm glow to holiday decor – so the more the better.

Kim from Kim Six Fix took it a little further by making her own DIY Christmas pallet sign with lights. Such a clever idea! She shows you how here.

Double duty.

Layla from The Lettered Cottage did four variations of this merry mantel and, while they were all great, this was my favorite.

Not only is it a fun holiday mantel but when the holidays are over it wouldn’t take much revision to become a perfectly accessorized mantel for the rest of the winter.


Make memories.

Personal touches are always a perfect way to make your decorating unique and special, and the holiday is no different.

This couple cut an inch off of the end of their Christmas tree each year and made a “year ornament” from it.   It might also be fun to write a memory on the back to help remember what happened that particular Christmas. (image via Midwest Living)


Go natural.

Natural simplicity is what came to mind when I saw this fireplace from The Wicker House.

You could follow her tutorial at Ella Claire and make one for yourself, or use a very large natural wreath or some other natural statement piece instead.

Large Pinecone Star

Get creative.

Heather from At The Picket Fence framed her deer head with a bright gold empty frame which not only makes a much bigger statement, but it fits the space much better than the deer head would have on it’s own.

Love the look and it’s a good tip for accessorizing any time of the year.

At The Picket Fence Holiday Housewalk 2013

Layered interest.

Layering is a trick designers often use to add depth and interest when accessorizing, and Myra from My Blessed Life did it well. (image via: BHG)

Matchy matchy.

As nice as red and green is, it’s definitely not the only option for Christmas decor.

Use ornaments and other holiday accessories that match your existing color scheme to keep your design festive but seamless. (image via: Traditional Home)

Hang ups.

Varying the height of accessories on your mantel creates movement and interest, but The Decor Fix used paper stars hung from the ceiling for a more unique way to add height to hers.

The Decor Fix

Unexpected whimsy.

I love adding a little something to any design that’s unexpected and fun, so beads hung from the antlers at Emily’s house (Jones Design Company) is working for me.


Go glam.

Bright, bold color is Cassie at Hi Sugarplum‘s style in her every day decorating and she carried that look through to her Christmas mantel. That, and the addition of a beveled mirror, make for a high energy glamorous look.

Hi Sugarplum | Colorful Christmas Mantels


And, lastly, if you reeeeaalllly want a mantel but don’t have one, improvise like Cherished Bliss did with her piano.

A shelf would also be an obvious idea, but what else can you think of? (image via Country Living)

Okay, it's not a mantel, but this piano display is inspiring us to bust out our favorite Christmas carols. Mason jars stuffed with bright berries add just the right amount of festive color beneath an oversized wood sign. See more at Cherished Bliss.


For more holiday decorating inspiration, check out our ‘Tis the Season Pinterest board!
Follow Schneidermans Furniture’s board ’tis the season… on Pinterest.


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