14 Masterful Ways to Fake a Mantel for the Holidays

Missing a fireplace mantel? You can still bring the charming look and feel of a holiday mantel into your home with these faux fixes using furniture you already have.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Play on a Piano

Bring holiday style to the top of a piano with a mix of gifts, greenery and decor. Pianos are similar in height to a mantel and provide enough depth to layer various elements.

Musical Touches

Incorporate music-related accents into your piano ensemble. Here, a vintage owl metronome sits front and center for a charming touch.

Sheet Music

Put a new spin on old sheet music by using it as gift-wrapped accents. Mixing the black and white sheets with colored or patterned wrapping paper strikes up the perfect balance.

Sculptural Shapes

Add berries, greenery or branches to your vignette but keep the look simple by placing them inside an opaque, sculptural vase.

Marquee Letters

Light up the space with marquee letters for a pop of pizazz. For a clean, classic look stick with opaque white bulbs. For a more playful vibe, swap clear or white bulbs for multi-colored ones.

Dress Up a Desk

Give your workspace a seasonal spin with a mix of gifts, pendants, ornaments and stockings. Here, an antique secretary was transformed with fresh-cut roses, burlap and a pile of wrapped presents.

Woodsy Look

Choose an overall look for the desk that will coordinate with the rest of your home's holiday decor. Here, a cozy cabin vibe was added with a mix of woolen plaid stockings, wooden tree sculptures, and classic country accents.

Stocking Hangers

If your desk has drawer hardware, simply hang the stockings directly on the knobs or pulls in place of traditional stocking hangers.

Unexpected Floral Displays

Add another layer of decoration to cut flowers or plants by placing arrangements inside of sacks, totes or satchels.

Winter-Styled Sideboard

Change up your sideboard or buffet for the holidays by accessorizing the top with a mix of textures, neutrals and metallics. Hang stockings along the front with twine secured to the back.

Neutrals and Textures

To bring a classic and elegant touch to a dining space, dress the top of a sideboard or buffet with neutral-toned items that also offer rich texture. Neutrals will blend seamlessly with your year-round decor and can be changed up later on should you decide to introduce color.

Use of Multiples

No matter how small or large the top surface of your buffet or sideboard consider using multiples of similarly themed or shaped objects. This will create a curated, collected look and keep groupings from appearing random.

Touch of Life

A bit of nature can instantly make a room feel more inviting to guests. Soften up the look of your dining room by introducing simple greenery like baby’s breath, tree cuttings or even leaves.

Statement Piece

Help spark conversation among guests by incorporating a unique item into the mix. This will help break the ice as guests are seated or begin to mingle for cocktails.

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