Once the chilly winter nights set in, the space around the hearth becomes the perfect place for families to gather. Aside from bringing warmth into your home, a fireplace decorated with timeless Christmas mantel décor can elevate your living room’s aesthetic. Below we share a few decorating ideas to help you spruce up your mantel for the merriest time of the year.
Before anything else, make sure to follow these tips:
Keep Dangling Décor Away From the Firebox
Secure greenery with strong adhesive hooks on the mantelshelf. Use a fireplace screen or closed firebox for safety.
Use Candles and Light Strings With Care
Keep real candles away from greenery that might catch fire. If using candle holders, choose wide ones that are stable and don’t topple easily. You can also use LED candles to avoid the risk of open flame. For light strings, ensure that there are no broken bulbs or frayed wirings and that cords are far from the firebox.
Watch for Soot Build-up
Clogged burner ports and improperly positioned fire logs cause soot build-up. Regular maintenance and inspection by a professional can prevent this from happening. Clean the firebox immediately if you see any soot on your hearth doors or mantel decorations.
Have a Fire Extinguisher Nearby
A fire extinguisher is handy in any home since there are many heat sources. Place it at least 60 cm away from the furnace for easy access in an emergency. Keep track of the expiration date and replace it when needed.
Classic Christmas Village
For a timeless look, use fireplace mantel décor in red, green, and white. Incorporate vintage pieces to evoke nostalgia through your decorations.
1. Set Up Your Greenery
Choose Christmas mantel garlands and wreaths adorned with nature-inspired accents like berry clusters, twigs, and eucalyptus leaves. Make sure to fluff the foliage before hanging them up.
2. Create a Unique Focal Point
Highlight a Christmas village or an Advent calendar on your mantel. Flank it with flameless candles and presents for a charming scene.
3. Complement With Matching Accents
Display faux fur pillows and plaid throws in your lounge areas. For a festive feel, you can also place tabletop trees and lanterns by the hearth.
Sparkle With Silver and Gold
Use elegant Christmas fireplace decorations in white, silver, or gold for a polished look. You can also switch gold to blue, purple, or pink for an unexpected pop of colour.
1. Decorate With Gilded Accents
Go for greenery with metallic accents that match your Christmas tree décor. You can also use an ornament wreath and garland for visual interest.
2. Hang Christmas Stockings
Use faux fur or knit stockings to balance out the hard metallics in your décor. Personalise them with the names of your loved ones in gold lettering for a polished look.
3. Add Warmth
Place votive candles or fairy light strings inside glass hurricanes or cloches for a cosy atmosphere.
Rustic Winter Wonderland
Combine the rustic charm of the woodlands with the enchanting atmosphere of a winter wonderland. Perfect this Christmas mantel décor idea with frosted greenery, farmhouse-inspired accents, and soft furnishings.
1. Choose Frosted Foliage
Style your wintry vignette with frosted wreaths and garlands. Choose ones with glittered leaves or add your own picks for some shimmer. You can also wrap them in fairy lights or use pre-lit ones for a bit of twinkle.
2. Incorporate Animal-Inspired Accents
Display miniature wooden deer, feathered bird ornaments, or penguin snow globes atop your fireplace for a whimsical feel.
3. Add a Bit of Shine
Place glass ornaments and pre-lit twig trees behind the garland to create depth. Use the same Christmas balls you have on your tree for a cohesive look.
A Christmas Story
Channel nostalgia with Christmas mantel decorations inspired by festive tales. Think nutcrackers lined up on the mantelshelf, an ‘It’s a wonderful life’ sign instead of a wreath, or Charlie Brown character figurines to cheer up the young ones.
- Pick a Story – Choose a well-known Christmas tale as the central theme of your décor. Going with just one storyline ensures that your guests will recognise it immediately. It also keeps your mantel from looking too cluttered.
Use a Statement Piece – There’s usually one standout element in every Christmas story. It could be nutcracker soldiers, the train from Polar Express, or a miniature 34th Street sign. Select one to be the focal point of your decorating theme, then add complementing accents.
Create Depth – Arrange your decorative pieces in a neat row at varying heights or group them on one side of your display for an asymmetrical look.
Lean into the look of traditional luxury with mantel décor, such as greenery with accents in platinum and champagne. Celebrate the avant-garde lifestyle with sheer or faux fur furnishings.
1. Use Glam-Inspired Decorations
Channel old Hollywood glam with gilded ribbons, pearl garlands, and handblown glass ornaments. Place candles in glass or gold metallic holders to add light and movement.
2. Accentuate With Miniature Trees
Set up a potted tree or tabletop tree near your hearth to complement your main tree.
3. Add Christmas Fragrances
Elevate your décor with a scent diffuser nearby. Infuse the air with classic scents like Balsam Fir, Fresh Cut Evergreen, and Fraser Fir.
Frequently Asked Questions
Want to know more about fireplace mantel decorating? We answer some frequently asked questions below.
What Is the Most Realistic Christmas Garland?
Balsam Hill’s artificial Christmas garlands are the most realistic on the market. Made from the same True Needle® foliage as our Christmas trees, our garlands are available in various styles and designs – from decorated, frosted, unlit, and pre-lit.
How Do You Attach a Christmas Garland to the Mantel?
The best way to hang garlands on your mantel is to use adhesive hooks. Secure your garland further with zip ties, jute strings, or twist wires.
How Do You Decorate a Narrow Mantel for Christmas?
Choose a minimalist theme to avoid a cluttered mantel. Decorating with a garland may not be possible for a narrow space, so opt for a statement wreath instead. Hang it inside a frame to create visual interest, then add candles and figurines in varying shapes and sizes to create depth.
How Do I Arrange My Mantel Candles?
A good rule of thumb is to display pieces in odd numbers. Arrange them in a perfect line or on opposite sides of a draped garland. Another way is to group them on one side of your décor for an interesting look.
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