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    40 Stunning Christmas Mantel Decor Ideas

    You’ll love these creative ways to show off your style this holiday season.

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    Just like the kitchen, the living room is very much the heart of the home—especially during the holiday season. And when it comes to Christmas decorations, there is no doubt that decking out this space should be at the very top of your to-do list. The living area is where most people choose to show off their Christmas tree, spend quality time with loved ones by the fireplace, and enjoy much-needed downtime after a busy day of work or last-minute gift shopping. Second only to the tree itself, the mantel is absolutely a focal point; after all, it’s where Santa emerges to give all the children their gifts, right? So make your living room even more festive this year by approaching your mantel decorations in a fresh, thoughtful way—settling on the perfect theme can be a daunting task, but it’s certainly possible with the right attention to detail and a commitment to thinking outside the box. Whether you’re aiming for a bold color scheme or you just want to highlight a few unexpected accents to dress up your holiday mantel, you’re sure to find a favorite among this collection of gorgeous images. These 40 Christmas mantel decor ideas are chock-full of the inspiration you need to make your fireplace shine this winter.

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    Cozy and Nostalgic

    This Christmas mantel by Liz Marie Blog captures the true essence of the holidays, which is all about creating memories with your loved ones. By layering vintage images in antique frames, it automatically brings on warm, nostalgic feelings.

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    A Frozen Wonderland

    If you have an all-white mantel and fireplace, you can pull off this wintry vignette by adding shades of blue and white in the surrounding decor. An icy finish on the garlands will complete the frozen look.

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    Mountain Lodge Atmosphere

    Being holed up in a cozy mountain lodge is probably the ultimate way to spend the holidays with family. But whether you’re actually in the mountains or not, you can bring this theme to your living room by starting off with a pair of old snowshoes to begin the transformation of your home into a ski chalet.

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    PMQ for Two
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    Bright and Eclectic

    A DIY garland festooned with miniature wrapped presents is draped over a vibrant blue fireplace designed by PMQ for Two. Bold pops of red from the poinsettia wreath and the reindeer complete the look.

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    Lights Galore

    Cover your mantel with strings of light—you can even keep them going in and around clear jars or vases. Mix them in with some branches and pine cones, and you’ve got one bright and merry mantel!

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    Try a Mantel Scarf

    Instead of a garland, lay out a tasseled mantel scarf instead—it will drape perfectly over the edge and provide the perfect place for your holiday trinkets and candles on top.

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    Ballard Designs
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    Use What You Have

    An easy way to fill that empty space on your mantel is to take advantage of your existing decor. In this example from Ballard Designs, books with the bindings facing inward match the natural hues of the brick. If you don’t use your fireplace, you can also wrap empty boxes with holiday wrapping paper and fill in the space to create a not-so-bare look.

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    Overstuffed Stockings

    Hang a whole bunch of mismatched stockings on your mantel and stuff the tops with anything Christmassy to easily achieve your holiday look.

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    The Nester
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    Asymmetrical Minimalism

    This white-and-cream mantel designed by the Nester keeps things minimal—all of the stockings are grouped together on one side while mix-and match candlesticks sit on the other.

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    Grandin Road
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    Animal Magnetism

    This moose head from Grandin Road is the perfect centerpiece to hang above your Christmas mantel. If this is your touch of eclecticism, then the rest of your fireplace decor can be the classic Christmas look of garlands, lights, and candles.

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    A Crafty Christmas

    You don’t always need a garland to spruce up your mantel. Just gather all of your holiday trinkets—and even some tree ornaments—and put them on the mantel for an easy, homey way to decorate. An embroidered work hanging above it all will top off the crafty look.

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    Stone Gable
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    Create a Window

    If you want to go the earthy route, this mantel by Stone Gable added a DIY “window” with a simple wreath and sprinkled pine cones underneath to match.

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    Brittany Ambridge
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    Evergreens and Eucalyptus

    ELLE Decor A-List designer Charlotte Moss kept it clean and simple for this mantel. “Mantels are everything in our house at Christmas,” Moss says. “While there are no stockings hung here, the mantel is abundantly draped in princess pine, eucalyptus, a variety of evergreens, and vines, and punctuated with lotus pods.”

    19th century rowhouse of Hallie and Mark Burrier decorated for the holidays
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    Festive Mix

    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.

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    Tobi Fairley
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    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.”

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    Kacey Gilpin
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    Maximalist Beauty

    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.

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    Berry Branches

    Tired of decorating with garlands? 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.

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    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 garlands, pink is an unexpected color that will give your space a modern feel for the season.

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    A Festive Sign

    Keep it simple by pairing stockings with a festive sign that encourages family and guests to get in the Christmas spirit.

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    Candles Galore

    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 garlands and grouping them with jute twine.

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    Janis Nicolay
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    Layer Art

    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.

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    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.

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    Personal Touch

    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.

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    Fresh Blooms

    Who said fresh flowers should only be reserved for the warm months? Enhance your mantel with colorful flowers or plants, like these holiday-appropriate poinsettias. Finish the look by placing candlesticks on both sides of the mantel.

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    Match Your Tree

    For a cohesive look, decorate your mantel with garland and stockings that complement the color of your Christmas tree decorations.

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    Melissa Ross
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    Candy Jars

    A variety of simple apothecary jars filled with your favorite holiday treats can add some fun to your mantel decor. Candy canes, anyone?

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    Glitzy Gold

    If you love nothing more than a dose of glitz and glam in your home, consider a monochrome moment. A gold mirror, candles, and miniature trees can make a dazzling statement.

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    Wreath-and-Candlesticks Combo

    It doesn’t get more classic than a combination of a lush green wreath and tall candlesticks.

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    Layered Look

    Pile on the garlands, stockings, candles, and more for an eye-catching layered arrangement.

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    White Ribbon and Lights

    A garland covered in a simple white ribbon and lights adds a touch of elegance to this mantel.

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