Just like your kitchen, the living room is very much the heart of the home. And when it comes to planning Christmas decorations, there is no doubt that this space should be at the very top of your to-do list. The living room area is where most people choose to show off their Christmas tree theme, spend quality time with loved ones by the fireplace, and even enjoy much-needed downtime after a busy day of work or last-minute gift-shopping. So why not make your living room even more festive this year by approaching your mantel decorations in a fresh and thoughtful way? Settling on the perfect theme can be a very daunting task (yes, even for the best interior designers), but it is certainly possible with the right attention to detail and a commitment to thinking outside of the box.
Whether you live for a bold color scheme or want to pinpoint a few unexpected decorative accents to dress up your holiday mantel, you’re sure to find a favorite among this collection of gorgeous images. These 25 Christmas mantel decor ideas are chock-full of all the inspiration you need to make your fireplace the focal point of your living room.
Bring a dose of Christmas cheer to your mantel by opting for a combination of pine cones, garland, and even a reindeer adorned in glitter for a touch of glam.
Look to nature for mantel decor inspiration this year. “Use fresh evergreen boughs, garlands, and wreaths combined with in-season citrus like lemons, tangerines and oranges,” says designer Tobi Fairley. ” It will give your home a beautiful natural look, and it smells heavenly.”
A living room designed by Mel Bean Interiors and Bailey Austin Design is a lesson in balancing a minimalist aesthetic with touches of maximalism. A crisp white and gray palette provides the perfect backdrop for a holiday mantel. Garland covered in ball-shaped ornaments and a pair of gold reindeer sculptures make for a striking mantel.
Tired of decorating with garland? Go for red berry branches, which are just as eye-catching and festive. Create even more visual interest with the addition of red stockings and elegant white candles.
PRETTY IN PINK
If your goal is to go bold with your holiday decor, try an all-pink palette. From ornaments and string lights to stockings and garland, pink is an unexpected color that will give your space a modern feel for the season.
Keep it simple by pairing stockings with a festive sign that encourage family and guests to get in the Christmas spirit.
Illuminate your space—and make it feel more cozy—with a collection of white candles. Amp up the look by surrounding your candles with lush garland and grouping them with jute twine.
Instead of hanging a traditional wreath over your mantel, layer your favorite pieces of artwork in a variety of frames. It’s a simple way to show off your aesthetic while enhancing your holiday decor.
SHOW OFF CARDS
Don’t toss all of your Christmas cards this year. Put them to good use by displaying a selection of your favorites on your mantel.
If you want to get more creative with your stockings this season, trade a store-bought style for a more crafty design. Simply add wooden name tags to your stockings, as seen in this look from Tuft & Trim‘s Courtney Davey.