How to Style a Holiday Mantel

From gathering around a warm fire to hanging stockings, you can find the fireplace mantel as the center of attention during the holidays. Make it special with a few of our go-to tips!

Mantel Styling for the Holidays

First, start with a focal point. It can be a wreath on a mirror, large artwork, etc.

Mantel Styling for the Holidays

Second, use year-round decor that works for the holidays. We used brass and leather boxes, a traditional blue and white jar, and found green vases. This helps make the mantel feel grounded and not completely overhauled by Christmas decorations. It gives the special decorations a background to shine against. 

Third, sprinkle in ornaments and add in metallics and glitter for a little sparkle and shine. Plus, metallics work as a neutral to break up the color. 

Mantel Styling for the Holidays

Fourth, add height and create layers. This is a tip we use for everything from stylings a coffee table to decorating built-in shelves. It creates a balance of visual interest and relief. 

Mantel Styling for the Holidays

Fifth, playfully layer ornaments over your stockings. By making the top of the stocking heavier, it balances our the long foot of the stocking. Plus, it's a pretty adorable idea! (And since I know many for you will ask...I found the stockings on Etsy years ago but the seller is no longer!)

Mantel Styling for the Holidays

Sixth, add to the ground! From storing logs in a cute basket to having a mini tree or a basket of blankets, balance the fireplace visually by adding interest to the ground. We used the Black Stripe Baskets from McGee & Co.

Mantel Styling for the Holidays

We created another version of the mantel using following the same tips. Instead of twisting our garland into a wreath, we doubled them up and draped it over the mantel. For balance, we added more height with a second glitter tree and taking out some of our lower levels that we had in the previous design. 

How to Style a Mantel for the Holidays
Mantel Styling for the Holidays
How to Style a Holiday Mantel

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