When you need to get your home ready for the holidays, you’re probably focused on getting your Christmas tree up and decorated and planning your dinner menu. If you have a fireplace in your living room, however, you’ll most likely spend Christmas evening sitting by the fire so special care should be taken to get your fireplace and mantel looking its absolute best. That’s why we’ve found seven ways that will inspire you to decorate your mantel for all the nights roasting chestnuts by the fire.

Simple and Festive

Purple balls and tinsil decor around your fireplace
Decorating In My Own Style

When you don’t have a lot of time to decorate your home for the holidays, using simple materials to decorate your mantel is easy and quick. Use simple garland with tall pillar candle holders and ornaments of two to three different colors. Then hang a pre-lit wreath and hot glue an ornament in the center.

Rustic and Natural

Rustic decor for any fireplace mantel
Truly natural Between Naps on the Porch

For a lush, overflowing Christmas mantel decoration, use real pine needles, berries, and wheat to create an oversized drapery. Add pinecones and banana leaves for a little extra natural decadence.

Teal and White

Ornate, decorative fireplace mantel decorations
Get out the Christmas balls Home Depot

If you’ve been dreaming of a white Christmas this year, create it with your mantel. Use fake snow, flocked, pre-lit pine garland, and frosted, glittery ornaments in white, teal, and ice blue. It’s a deceptively easy and eye-catching way to bring the magic and wonder of snow to your home.

Polka Dots

Classic color options for a home interior
Christmas themed colors Decoist

If you’d rather have more color on your Christmas mantel than snowy white, use fun and festive polka dot stockings. The family silhouettes on a red background create a stunning theme that ties in nicely with the red holly in the garland and red polka dots of the stockings. The white antlers serve as a neutral middle decoration that adds a nice balance to the otherwise overly red and green mantel.


Marshmallow fireplace decor. Because why not.
Light, airy decor Blue Eyed Yonder

This clever and creative white Christmas mantel uses real marshmallows to give a snowy effect to the living room. Thread marshmallows through string and hang from your ceiling to create this simple and festive mantel. You can add a couple of white candles to each side of the mantel, and if you want to turn your living room into a snowy retreat, decorate your tree with white ribbon and ornaments and be sure to spray on some fake snow.

Red and Gold

Classic and classy interior design work
Golden red Better Decorating Bible

For a classic and elegant Christmas mantel, opt for a red and gold theme. These warm colors will make your home feel comfortable and cozy even on the coldest winter night.

Red Roses

Red roses make for a festive holiday season
Red holiday cheer Christmas Lights Etc.

If you want your mantel to be more romantic than classic, use red roses. Take the tops off a set of red ornaments and place the ornaments in cocktail glasses from your kitchen of varying heights. Then place a rose in each ornament. Finish off your romantic Christmas mantel by placing red candles in frosted holders and draping red holly garland across the front.

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