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3 Gorgeous Ways to Decorate Your Mantel For Christmas

Step aside, tree.

Christmas decor doesn’t stop at the tree. For those who love the holidays (ahem, us) planning starts months in advance. In addition to finding a show-stopping treeexpertly hanging the wreath, baking cookies galore, and shopping for the perfect gifts, we love adding holiday magic around the house, and that includes decorating the hub of winter hangouts: the fireplace.

 

Once the temperature drops, this cozy spot is where you’ll find family gathered around with a glass of wine or mug of hot chocolate. So just as you would your artfully curated tablescapes, give your mantel the attention it deserves. To help spark inspiration, we created three easy-to-achieve looks. Go ahead, blast some holiday tunes and get creative.

Merry and Not Afraid of Color

You don’t have to stick with seasonal colors to get in the Christmas spirit. This statement-making mantel—inspired by the calming blues, terracotta pinks, and earthy ochres that are trending right now—doesn’t need much to impress. We focused on symmetry and scale. Start by placing brass candlesticks on each end to create balance and harmony. Then, hang a rich magnolia wreath above the mantel for a wink to the holidays.

To get even merrier, use the mantel to display a fun giftbox advent calendar with papers and ribbons in complementary pops of color. 

Color Story

The monochromatic paint treatment alone—painting a fireplace and wall in the same alluring shade—has major impact. For this look we used Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue HC-143.

Craft an Advent Calendar

To create the giftbox Advent calendar, work in a tight palette of three or four colors, and stick to only a few combinations of colors in the wrapping. For example, we made eight boxes of varying sizes in each of the following color combos: dark teal and blush; blush and wine; light teal and gold.

Add a Personal Touch

Embroider a loved one's name on a stocking for an extra special keepsake. Learn how here:

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Modern Scandi

Minimalists, this one’s for you. If you need a break from the hustle of the holidays, take cues from our calming, modern Scandinavian-inspired mantel. To get the look, stay within a neutral—mostly white— color palette and layer white and wood accents. When decorating with neutrals, make sure to bring in a variety of textures to add interest. We layered warm wooden beads with a perky faux eucalyptus garland, and hung stockings with nubby details. An alpaca throw draped over a stool ushers in the hygge. Complete the look with clean, black utilitarian decor such as sleek fireplace tools and a handsome stool. 

Bring Nature In

Natural materials are key to the Nordic aesthetic, and our favorite finds include the wooden beaded garland and sweet white handcrafted ceramic and wood trees.

Stick to a Tight Theme

Group a collection of trees from different places and materials. 

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New Traditional

The modern-day traditionalist puts her own spin on family rituals. For this look, mix modern elements with traditional looks. Lean a bold piece of art over the mantel as a focal point and surround it with classic elements like a boxwood, white pine, and juniper garland and plaid stockings reminiscent of Christmases spent at Grandma’s.

Update a Classic

Another fun, classic decoration is pomanders. Set in a cool Tina Frey pedestal bowl they’ll look chic while filling your home with the delicious sweet and spicy fragrance of the holidays.

Keep a Balance

Weaving in sleek shapes like a round mirror and brass fireplace cover keeps the overall aesthetic from feeling too stuffy or kitschy.

Get Cracking

Christmas crackers in plaids and florals add a sweet, whimsical touch. Learn how to make these fun gifts here.

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