20 Pinterest-Worthy Holiday Mantel Designs to Copy Now
With these gorgeous designs and top tips from the pros, getting in the spirit of the season is a snap. Here, you’ll find the inspiration you need to get started on styling your own holiday mantel to perfection!
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Rustic & Cozy
A collection of wintry tree decorations lined up with candles and fresh greenery comprise this mantel masterpiece. The illuminated star takes center stage, casting warm, inviting light. A selection of mix-and-match stockings adds texture and playful personality to the scene.
A Minimal Approach
"I have recently had a strong urge to be more thoughtful with my Christmas decor," says Amy Weir of Delineate Your Dwelling. "These past few years, I have wanted to slow down and savor Christmas and time with my family. And I wanted my holiday mantel decor to reflect that slower, calmer pace."
"My favorite aspect of this mantel design is the combination of paper and live organic material. The hung pinwheels have a more graphic style in juxtaposition to the natural elements of pine and evergreen boughs," Amy says. "When creating more simple and thoughtful holiday decor in your home, having even just be a few special 'wow' moments can really make a big impact."
"Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?" asks Angela Rathbun of Blue i Style. "What about an orange-and-white Christmas? It's definitely not a traditional color combo for the holidays, but then again, I've never been accused of being traditional!"
After deciding to decorate the family room in the basement for the holidays, Angela needed to figure out how to combine Christmas with orange and gray basement decor, including an orange wall above the fireplace. Though she was stumped at first, you’d never know it from looking at the stunning results. From the handmade trees to the fluffy wreath and glimmering snowflakes, we love this out-of-the-box holiday decor!
Make It Modern
Thoroughly modern and a bit masculine, this unusual decor utilizes strong, structured shapes and unexpected elements to celebrate the season. A series of metal hoops is paired with textural stars and a smattering of dimensional diamonds, all softened with bunches of wild greenery.
"Two garden angels holding solar lights provided my starting point," says Jane Windham of Cottage at the Crossroads. "Although the statues were intended to be used outdoors, their round solar lights added an additional source of light on the mantel."
"The old wooden shutters provided a colorful backdrop for the angels, and the wispy pine garland — a very realistic faux version — helped bring nature inside without the mess," Jane says. "The most unusual element was the white paper Chinese lanterns that replicated the shape of the solar lights on the angels. The combination of the solar lights with the warm glow of the Chinese lanterns at night was truly heavenly!"
Nautical & Nice
Designer Kerrie Kelly created this notable mantel design for a family who is all about boating and an active nautical lifestyle. "We knew yacht club elements along with a palette of primaries were where we needed to start," Kerrie says. "The palette here isn’t your typical holiday scene; it really focuses on how the family lives and the activities they love."
"When creating your own holiday mantel, incorporate elements you already have. Instead of copycatting someone else’s holiday decor, pull from the unique elements that tell your family’s style story," Kerrie suggests.
Ode to Tradition
Kerrie’s inspiration for this beautiful design: Tradition. "Plaid, personalization and shades of blue, red and green were a must," she says. We also love the natural elements of the greenery, pomegranates and pinecones.
"I love how this home celebrates tradition while bringing in modern elements and unexpected pairings like blue porcelain with plaid and candles for ambiance," says Kerrie. "Mix and match patterns of varying scale to achieve your own specific look. Floral plus plaid paired with playful fonts is cause for celebration!"
Fun Faux Mantel
No mantel? Time to get creative. "We didn’t have a mantel, so I wanted to create a place to hang Christmas stockings," says Marian Parsons. Her DIY mantel utilizes a hanging shelf customized with a coat of festive red paint, pretty knobs for hanging stockings and plenty of room for greenery and decorations.
Marian’s advice for creating your own memorable mantel? "Be creative and bold! Holiday decor is only up for a limited time, so it’s a great place to experiment."
Shapely glass jars are filled with tinted liquid (try water with a few drops of food coloring) to take this mantel from memorable to magical. While this color was chosen to pick up the color of the wall, choose any color (or combination of colors) that speaks to your own celebratory style.
The rest of this mantel is filled with cutwork porcelain pieces illuminated from within by candles, along with a collection of silver and ceramic collectibles to add a bit of sparkle and texture.
"After several years of a non-traditional Christmas color scheme, I wanted the time-honored look of red and green but freshened up with lots of plaid," says Leslie Davis of Deeply Southern Home.
Rich with natural greens and reds from the mantel-top swag, framed wreath and front-and-center poinsettia plant, Leslie’s design is finished off with her favorite element: her DIY "Joy to the World" chalkboard lettered banner.
"I try and come up with at least a loose theme each year. It helps me keep Christmas fresh and forces me to recreate or reinvent some of the decorations I use year to year," Leslie says.
"Because of the soft colors of blue in the home, I wanted to use a non-traditional color scheme of aqua and gold," says Leslie about this airy design.
"Don’t be afraid to move beyond the traditional colors of Christmas," Leslie says, "especially if those colors clash with your existing home decor. I truly believe any color in the rainbow can be used for Christmas. A combination of gold and silver elements mixed in with just a touch of your chosen color would be beautiful."
Switching things up each year doesn’t have to be costly either. "Simply add glass balls and ribbon in your chosen color!"
In the Mix
Mix it up with a grouping of gorgeous greenery, such as cedar, pine, fir and magnolia leaves, as seen in this fresh and welcoming mantel design. Fruit, pinecones and wood add color, texture and even more natural elements.
Both the wreath and mantel are finished off with strands of metallic beads, adding a special spark to the holiday scene.
With its pretty white stockings all in a row, this beautiful mantel is a wonderful example of layering for a truly unique look. Utilizing both fresh and faux elements creates eye appeal with texture, depth and color. A trio of metallic ornaments atop pedestals of varying heights adds interest, as does the duo of classic black lanterns flanking each end. Snowflake stocking holders featured front and center are the shimmering finishing touch to this unique holiday mantel.
"My starting point for this design was the black fireplace," says Sarah Macklem of The Yellow Cape Cod. "It creates a nice, dramatic base. I like to use a high-contrast palette in my decor. White elements really pop against the black painted mantel. You can see how the white antler stocking holders and white garden stools really stand out thanks to the dark backdrop."
"One tip is to think outside the box when you are shopping for Christmas decor. There are simple ways to customize ready-made holiday decorations and make them your own. For instance, I used a bold, graphic, decorator ribbon to personalize simple red stockings. Adding the ribbon gave basic stocking a unique look."
The focal point of this holiday mantel, the large light-up letters, is beautifully balanced by a trio of tall glass canisters filled with ribbon and pinecones. Four snowflake-topped hooks hold personalized, handmade stockings that add a real colorful and graphic punch to this design.
The natural palette of the "peace" swag complements the mantel decor beautifully, creating a special scene for the holidays — and all season long. Cedar sprouts from ceramic and metallic containers, while decorative spheres in moss and vines lend an earthy touch. Mercury glass votive holders and bird sculptures add even more sparkle. Tall tapers in crystal candlesticks finish off this simply elegant design.
Drawing inspiration from the watercolor artwork, this adorable mantel design is one the whole family can add to and love. A magical woodland theme begins with the purple palette that’s picked up in the stockings, ornaments and ribbons. Then it’s on to decorative trees, owls, a bear and a puppy — oh, my! A charming wood-slice swag perfectly complements and completes this eye-catching holiday mantel.
Perfect placement creates a waterfall effect with the abundant greenery used in this understated design. A plethora of candles in varying sizes and widths are set in sleek black holders, adding depth, height and a stunning glow when lit. The pretty design is bookended with unique marble vases, each topped with a few sprigs of seasonal berries.
Glittery ornaments and a merry message define this pretty holiday mantel. A pine swag illuminated with tiny white lights makes for a twinkling touch. Working within a black-and-white palette keeps the look elegant, understated and complementary to the room’s decor.
Chalk It Up
An undeniably creative solution for a mantel-less space, this clever decoration utilizes a fabric banner, blackboard paint and chalk to make a faux mantel worth celebrating. A pair of handmade stockings are a playful touch, adding dimension and texture to the adorable design.
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