27 Stunning Christmas Mantel Decor Ideas

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Get your home ready for the holidays with these stunning Christmas mantel decor ideas! There are 27 mantels to inspire you in just about every style of decor, from farmhouse to modern.

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Christmas Mantel Decor Ideas: Where to Begin

When deciding on a theme for your Christmas mantel decor, it’s helpful to start with a color scheme and style.

  • Do you like farmhouse/rustic, or are you into glam or even boho?
  • Will you go “big” with lots of volume or simple and minimalistic?
  • What will your anchor piece be above the mantel? A wreath, farmhouse sign, window frame, tobacco basket, or mirror? (Those are only a few examples!)

In the Christmas mantels below, you’ll find a mix of all of the above. Some decorators use traditional garlands, wood beads, or nothing at all. Others use satin ribbons, burlap, or velvet. You’ll find some Christmas mantels bursting with color while others use a neutral color palette.

Find a style that speaks to you and complements your Christmas tree decor for a complete holiday look.

Once you land on your preferred style, follow my 5-step process for easy Christmas mantel decor.

Christmas Mantel Ideas

Get inspired to decorate your mantel for Christmas with these stunning decorating ideas. From traditional to modern, there are ideas for just about every decor style.

Simple & Elegant Christmas Mantel

Christmas mantel with green and ivory stockings and satin bows
Photo Credit: This is our Bliss

Create a simple and elegant Christmas mantel with gorgeous green stockings and oversized satin bows. The bottle brush trees add another charming detail to this snowy scene.

Traditional Cozy Christmas Mantel with Knit Stockings

Christmas fireplace mantel in living room with tall mirror, candle holders, and angel statues with sweater stockings underneath

After experimenting with a real cedar garland, I opted to go with a pre-lit faux garland in this traditional Christmas mantel. The cable knit stockings added the perfect cozy finish along with a vintage bell swag.

Beautiful Woodsy Christmas Mantel

Woodsy Christmas mantel with neutral candlesticks and Christmas trees with mirror in center
Photo credit: Stonegable Blog

This beautiful woodsy Christmas mantel is decorated in warm white for a soft and welcoming display. Yvonne has a lovely traditional style that is both classic and timeless.

Farmhouse Winter Mantel Decor

Winter mantel decorating ideas with farmhouse accents

If you’re looking for a subtle way to transition all the way from Christmas to the new year, check out my winter farmhouse mantel decor.

Find out how you can make a customized DIY farmhouse sign while you’re at it. Mantel #7 below shows another option for the same sign!

Rustic Boho Christmas Mantel

Boho style Christmas mantel with fur-trimmed ivory knit stockings, eucalyptus garland and bottle brush Christmas trees
Photo Credit: The DIY Mommy

Add a playful tassel garland for a festive rustic boho Christmas mantel. The eucalyptus garland and fur-trimmed stockings add wonderful pops of texture, too.

Black, White & Green Christmas Mantel

Christmas mantel ideas with hoop wreaths and black, white, and green stockings
Photo credit: Lemon Thistle

Hang a collection of embroidery hoop wreaths over a Christmas mantel for a unique and fun decorating idea. Add a fresh pine garland and stockings in black, white, and green for a rustic Christmas mantel vibe.

Budget-Friendly Christmas Mantel Decor

Closeup of Christmas mantel decor using frosted pine garland and DIY trees with wooden legs and bell swag
Photo Credit: Salvaged Living

You don’t have to spend a ton of money to create a beautiful Christmas mantel. This budget-friendly Christmas mantel decor includes easy DIY decor like cardboard trees!

Classic Christmas Mantel with Farmhouse Sign

Farmhouse Christmas mantel with DIY wooden sign that reads "Peace on Earth"

My farmhouse Christmas mantel was decorated in a traditional color scheme with red, white, and green as well as a DIY farmhouse sign. The real cedar garland and DIY wooden houses add a rustic charm to this mantel.

Blue and White Christmas Mantel Decor

Christmas mantel with evergreen garland decorated with a blue and white color scheme
Photo Credit: From House to Home

This blue and white Christmas mantel with a DIY garland has a beautiful pop of color. Note how the chinoiserie ginger jars also fit with the color scheme.

Minimalist Christmas Mantel

Scandinavian style minimalist Christmas mantel decor ideas with wooden trees, plaid stockings, and a basket hung above
Photo Credit: Cherished Bliss

Mix warm wood tones with wrought iron and bottlebrush trees to add texture to a minimalist Christmas mantel. The unfinished wooden trees, wrought-iron candleholders, and simple basket decor create a wintery scene that is subtle and elegant.

Classic Red and Gold Christmas Mantel

Christmas tree in living room during daylight

If you’re into traditional color schemes, try using classic red and gold Christmas mantel decor. The checkered ribbon and red glittered picks give this holiday mantel a whimsical feel.

Gorgeous Winter White Christmas Mantel

Winter white Christmas mantel decor ideas with a window pane wreath, white stockings, and evergreen garland
Photo Credit: Sondra Lyn at Home

This winter white Christmas mantel will keep your home feeling cozy all season long. Once Christmas is over, just remove the stockings and Merry Christmas sign to keep this display up until spring.

Blue and Green Plaid Christmas Mantel

Christmas mantel decor with blue and green plaid color scheme, including matching wreath and garland
Photo Credit: Sand and Sisal

This blue and green plaid Christmas mantel includes fur-trimmed white stockings and a beautiful magnolia wreath with matching garland. It’s the perfect backdrop for the amazing blue velvet chairs and accessories.

Rustic Christmas Mantel Decor Ideas

Rustic style Christmas mantel with wooden trees, white knit stockings and Christmas wreath
Photo Credit: Place of My Taste

This rustic Christmas mantel is overflowing with texture and dimension thanks to the mix of wood decor and greenery. Such a lovely rustic display with a more symmetrical/balanced design.

Let It Snow Christmas Mantel

Let it Snow themed Christmas mantel decor with red and white stockings and garland
Photo Credit: In My Own Style

Create a whimsical Christmas mantel with a playful “let it snow” sign and cozy red and white stockings.

Colorful Boho Christmas Mantel

Boho Christmas mantel with colorful pom-pom stockings
Photo Credit: Jessica Welling Interiors

Tassels and pom-poms decorate this colorful boho Christmas mantel. Jessica includes a tutorial for the adorable monogram stockings.

Merry and Bright Christmas Mantel Decor

Christmas mantel with chalkboard sign and colorful stockings
Photo Credit: The Handmade Home

An oversized chalkboard sets the stage for this merry and bright holiday mantel. Add your own chalk art design that you can easily change out for every season. How cute are the tassel stockings?

Modern Blue and Green Christmas Mantel

Blue and green Christmas mantel decor with large cone trees and white pom-pom garland
Photo Credit: 2 Bees in a Pod

This modern blue and green Christmas mantel uses oversized cone trees and bright blue accents that coordinate with existing artwork. This color combo is bold and simply stunning!

Traditional Christmas Mantel Decorating Ideas

Classic Christmas mantel decor with pillar candles and cedar garland with mirror above fireplace
Photo Credit: Hymns and Verses

A simple way to decorate a mantel in a traditional style is to use fresh pine greenery and simple pillar candles. The overlay of bells gives it a festive touch.

Neutral Christmas Mantel

Neutral Christmas mantel decor with white stockings and wooden candleholders
Photo Credit: Lovely Etc

Small flocked trees flank this neutral Christmas mantel decor. The ivory stockings and faux garland add lots of texture and dimension to the navy fireplace.

Very Merry Farmhouse Christmas Mantel

Christmas mantel with DIY wood sign and window pane decor
Photo Credit: Worthing Court Blog

Fixer Upper fans will love this farmhouse mantel decorated with upcycled shutters layered with grapevine wreaths. The oversized arch window adds a gorgeous focal point for the wood Christmas sign.

Farmhouse Style Christmas Mantel with Tobacco Basket

Farmhouse style Christmas mantel with DIY tobacco basket
Photo Credit: Twelve on Main

Create a cozy Christmas mantel in a farmhouse style with a DIY tobacco basket, classic pine wreath, and elements of nature. The simple drop cloth stockings add a sweet French Country touch.

Red, White and Gold Christmas Mantel

Christmas mantel with mixed knit white stockings, lighted garland, and gold frames
Photo Credit: DIY Beautify

Go for a classic Christmas mantel using winter white stockings, lighted garland, and a collection of candles. The gold frames bring in even more texture and dimension.

Modern Farmhouse Mantel with Garland

Neutral greige and green Christmas mantel with metallic ornament garland, rustic farmhouse sign, and green topiary trees in urns
Photo Credit: Southern Hospitality

Get tips for decorating a neutral Christmas mantel using cloches and gold baubles. The farmhouse-style sign adds lots of texture with a whitewash finish.

Asymmetrical Christmas Mantel

Asymmetrical Christmas garland with round mirror above and knit white stockings
Photo Caption: Hello Central Avenue

Instead of adding greenery to the entire fireplace mantel, try this idea of decorating an asymmetrical Christmas mantel. Use bottle brush trees and candlesticks to balance the opposite side.

Warm and Rustic Christmas Mantel

Rustic vintage mantel with wreath in gold frame and sconces
Photo Credit: Virginia Sweet Pea

This rustic mantel decor is warm with a vintage vibe thanks to the brass mirror and candles hanging over the mantel. The pops of red and wooden trees add a beautiful traditional touch.

Boho Christmas Mantel with DIY Stockings

Boho style Christmas mantel with DIY stockings and rocking horse decor
Photo Credit: House on Longwood Lane

Stockings full of rich and creamy texture are the highlight of this boho Christmas mantel. You can get the DIY tutorial to make your own!

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    1. Thanks, Cindy! It’s hard to get the process started, isn’t it? If it weren’t for blogging, I’d probably drag my feet. I love sitting back and enjoying it once I’m done, though. Thanks for stopping by, and good luck with the decorating!

  1. Every one of these mantels is beautiful. I love them all and each one so unique. Great job, to you and your friends! I sure wish I had a mantel to decorate here in South Florida!!

    1. Thank you so much, CiCi! I loved seeing all the pretty mantels myself, so it’s a fun excuse for me to do these posts. I’m sure your South Florida decor is just as beautiful! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Oh, wow! So many pretty ideas, Crissy. I have a hard time choosing a favorite. Thank you for putting together this gorgeous round-up.