28 Designer Holiday Mantels to Recreate at Home

Welcome Kris Kringle and the holidays with a stunning mantel and fireplace design. From chalkboards to banners to miniature mittens, set the mood with these fresh Christmas decorating ideas.

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June 26, 2015

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Rustic Glam

This rustic, stone living room is all decked out for Christmas. A mix of store-bought and handmade stockings are hung from the mantel while decorative trees, candles and greenery draw attention to the illuminated star above.

Luxe Meets Rustic

Rich earth tones and on-trend metallic hues provide the palette for this holiday mantel design, which features a swag of fresh greenery as its backbone, peppered with natural pinecones and woven grapevine balls.

Understated Elegance

A palette of white, gray and charcoal helps to blend its seasonal trappings with the room's year-round decor. Sheen is added through a trio of floral cones covered in fringe trim and metallic accents with pewter candlesticks.

Americana Holiday

Bring charm and character to your mantel with a mix of Americana elements. Stick with a range of antiques with aged finishes and a layer of bright and dull reds for a classic look.

All Natural

Use cedar garland, candles and fresh roses for an organic, natural look.

Vintage Charm

A mix of rustic and vintage items give the mantel an industrial look. Instead of soft florals, woodsy tree cuttings and small potted spruces add seasonal liveliness.

Joy to the World

For strong, graphic impact, designer Britany Simon created a lighting installation from three cardboard letters and industrial globe string lights. Once illuminated, the trio of letters instantly becomes the room's focal point.

Feminine Flair

To give a mantel a feminine update, layer in hues of whites, off-whites and dove grays. When white tones are layered together, the look can become glamorous, modern, traditional or romantic depending on the textures and materials used.

Rustic Chic

To bring a touch of rustic charm to this mantel, a black-and-white photograph depicting a snowed-in cabin is on display above a lush green garland dressed with red-and-white plaid ribbon and cranberries. For a botanical boost, potted junipers are added to either side of the photograph, adding an aromatic effect to the room.

Pop Art

To add a splashy aesthetic to this mantel, it's first covered in stark white garland, then accessorized with high-energy hues — appearing in everything from its hanging ornaments to vases filled with candy.

Holly Jolly

Handmade stockings, evergreen topiaries and a variety of silver and gold Christmas ornaments come together to create this traditional Christmas mantel.

Glitz and Glam

Use shimmery metallics and silky fabrics to make the holidays sparkle and shine. A monochromatic color scheme helps emphasize the glitz but still keeps the look sophisticated and stylish.

Mod Metallics

If you're stuck on which classic metallic to use for your holiday decor, silver versus gold, why not go with the more-is-more approach and use them both? The key to mixing metals successfully is by using a proper balance. For every silver item used, be sure to even out the look with a mix of gold.

Garnished With Greenery

Add a natural touch to your mantel with a fresh topiary and wreath. They're easy to assemble and can be left plain or embellished with holiday ornaments and trim.

Monochromatic Christmas

Use as many shades of red as you want on your mantel to create a vibrant, layered look. Adding a touch of greenery will instantly give it a more lively look.

For the Kids

To create a playful, kid-friendly mantel, designer Brian Patrick Flynn used saturated colors inspired by modern artwork by Jenny Andrews Anderson. From a grouping of stockings to metallic orb ornaments, the mantel is layered in a variety of rich purple tones.

Traditional Touch

Combine crushed velvets, rich patterns and deep crimson colors to create a timeless look you'll enjoy for years to come.

Spell It Out

Fresh, green garland adorns the White House's State Dining Room for the holidays. Handmade ornaments are assembled to resemble giant "Scrabble" pieces that spell out "Winter Wonderland" on the mantel.

Go Faux

No mantel, no problem! If your home doesn't have a hearth, fake it with this DIY project. Customize your homemade mantel with colorful paint and pretty knobs or hooks for stockings. Get the how-to.

Haute Stocking Hangers

Sometimes it's all about the small details. This mantel's blue, silver and white color scheme stands out against the natural stone, but the real stars of this scene are the customized chalkboard stocking hangers. Get the how-to.

Chalk It Up

Chalkboards can hang over the mantel or, in this case, stand in for it entirely. This clever faux mantel wall hanging is a smart solution for apartment dwellers or renters. Get the how-to.

Deck the Disco

Since reality star Kendra Wilkinson has a bubbly personality, she desired a festive space with flair to match. Designer Laurie March created an unexpected and one-of-a-kind holiday space by incorporating bright hues and a unique disco theme.

Festive Jewel Tones

Rocker Dee Snider's colorful Christmas mantel features bold green stockings with peacock feathers, a peacock-feather garland and an oversized ornament wreath in unexpected jewel tones.

Tinsel Town

Designer Kelli Ellis used shades of purple, gold and brown to create ultra-festive holiday decor for actor Lorenzo Lamas and his family.

Boxwood Mantel

Designer Robin Baron transforms former NFL player Tiki Barber's home into a holiday wonderland, featuring two red Christmas trees flanking the fireplace with a boxwood panel over the TV with wreath of red glitter roses.

Glam Banner

Looking to make your own sparkling mantel banner? Get inspired by our project, and learn how to spell out some season's greetings in glitter. Get the how-to.

Pretty Peaceful

Designer Emily Henderson created this funky focal point by attaching boards to a hula hoop and hot-gluing ornaments around.

Organic Elegance

Earth tones and natural elements create a cozy and relaxing setting. Get the same look by combining natural textures like burlap, wood and evergreens.

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