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Christmas fireplace decor ideas – easy ways to add style to your mantel this festive season

by Monika Bürger
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An empty mantle over the holiday is a sad mantle. These spaces were made to be draped in evergreen, covered in twinkling lights, and adorned with ornaments. Christmas fireplace decor ideas are some of the simplest, most effective, and most enjoyable to create too. Not having to evenly spread fairy lights around a tree and check each bauble is in the right spot, you can create the most beautiful looks with things you can just forage from your garden.

If you’re a traditionalist, we have plenty of lovely looks that are all about the evergreen, but we’ve found some more unusual contemporary Christmas decorating ideas too that are perfect if you are going maximalist this Christmas. And for the minimalists, we’ve seen a big trend for simple, asymmetric looks that would perfectly suit a more clutter-free aesthetic.

HOW CAN YOU DECORATE A FIREPLACE FOR CHRISTMAS?

Whether you want to be inspired to break with tradition or just looking for ways to spruce up your tried and tested designs, we’ve pulled together all our favorite looks to help you decide on themes, color schemes, and more…

1. ADD UNEXPECTED POPS OF COLOR AMONGST THE GREENERY

Brightly decorated living room
(Image credit: James Merrell )

Everything about this fireplace says elegant and traditional, the deep grey walls, the original marble surround the antique artwork that sits on the mantle. So when the decor is so bold and modern and colorful it creates such a playful and quirky contrast that you can’t help but be entranced. 

The base of the decor is actually quite classic, a mix of evergreen leaves and delicate grasses, but then there’s that explosion of colorful pampas grass towering above that really stands out against the darker walls. And that tinsel banner? It’s so kitsch and we love it. 

So this year why not give your classic evergreen decor a colorful update and introduce a pop of color? Dyed grasses work well because you still get those natural textures and they are readily available online and at florists, plus are perfect for adding height to mantel decor too.

Add throw pillows to whatever room needs an extra dose of comfy. Individually cut and sewn by hand, each pillow features a double-sided print and is finished with a concealed zipper and faux down insert. Keeping an assortment of throw pillow designs on hand is the easiest way to give any space an instant refresh. Available in four sizes.

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2. GIVE YOUR FIREPLACE DECOR PLENTY OF HEIGHT

Fireplace in a festive period home
(Image credit: Farrow and Ball)

Speaking of height, when decorating your mantel, ensure you aren’t just thinking horizontally, the most effective displays have height too. Do all the usual along the mantel, strings of ivy that cascade effortlessly off the sides, but also put the tendrils into vases too and place them at each end of the mantel. Add in more dense foliage like fir and holly too and decorate the larger branches with small ornaments to add in some festive color or sparkle.

For an all-natural look, copy this look opt for a simple vase that almost blurs into the background and the greenery remains the focus, but if you want to add in more color and prints vintage pattern would look lovely with this look. 

Something to also take from this fireplace decor idea is to consider your wall color when decorating too, pick shades that are going to pop against the backdrop. Patrick O’Donnell of Farrow & Ball says, ‘Rich, elegant shades of dark blue or burgundy will make always decorations pop. For a bold backdrop for your festive accessories, try Chinese Blue from our Archive collection. And go further to accentuate the height of your room by taking the same wall color all the way over the skirting.’

Express your style all over your home with a feature-worthy rug. They’re made from a woven, polyester chenille for a soft and textured look. Plus, choosing from our wide array of designs, you’re sure to find just the rug to match your decor. Rugs are one of the best, attention-grabbing pieces to design a room around. Use the colors within the rug to help choose art prints, furniture fabric and accent pillows.

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3. KEEP IT SIMPLE WITH FORAGES FOLIAGE 

Blue living room by Annie Sloan with Christmas decor
(Image credit: Annie Sloan)

Often the simplest adorned festive fireplaces are the most beautiful, especially when the surround is so ornate. ‘Especially at Christmas, fireplaces really bring a room into its own. Generally, architectural furniture like this acts as a focal point in the room, so it’s important to get the decorations right.’ says Owen Pacey, founder of Renaissance London.

For particularly ornate fireplaces, minimal decorations that let the sculpture of the mantelpiece sing is best, while pared-back models benefit from a slightly more creative direction. Think boughs of holly and pine, some candles in antique candlesticks, and of course, a stocking or two.’

So get into the garden and forage for the best evergreen you can find and just trail in along your mantle. Fill in any gaps with taper candles at varying heights – we love the trend for more unusual candles at the moment like twisted designs or colorful patterns. For a twist on the traditional, throw in something unexpected like this oversized potted houseplant. It adds that all-important height and throws of the symmetry, too to give this classic look a more contemporary feel.

Our floor pillows are the perfect pick for seating in a pinch. They’re overstuffed and firm to never lose their shape and the high-quality print makes sure the design stays crisp and colorful. Available in round or square, with two size options.

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4. CREATE AN ASYMMETRICAL DESIGN

Christmas living room fireplace scene by Neptune
(Image credit: Neptune)

Another trend that’s huge this Christmas is asymmetric decorating. Half wreaths have been big the last few years and that almost unfinished look is seeping into mantel decor ideas too. Rather than crowd the whole mantel with decorations, focus on one side for a look that feels really uncurated like the greenery is growing from the fireplace.

Use something central to anchor the design, like the gold frame used here or a print or mirror would work, and bring the greenery up add around that too so it becomes part of the decor. Counterbalance the look by adding something simple to the empty side of the mantle, candles are the obvious choice for adding elegance to this very rustic, natural style.

Our floor cushions are the super comfy and style-forward option for outdoor seating. They’re UV coated to protect against fading and water resistant so you can avoid scrambling to bring them inside whenever there’s a touch of weather. Grab a few to have on hand whenever seating is hard to come by or for a fun option for kids to use out in the yard.

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5. PARE IT BACK

Christmas living room decor and mantelpiece by Sims Hilditch
(Image credit: Sims Hilditch)

There’s something to be said for Christmas fireplace ideas that really strip it back. As this living room designed by Sims Hilditch proves, just a subtle nod to the festivities can be every bit as eye-catching as a mantel that’s sagging with decorations. 

Recreate this look quickly and easily by either sourcing greenery in your garden or asking your florist for a nice selection of firs, eucalyptus, magnolia leaves, and holly. Berries and pine cones are a nice touch too. Arrange in layers with the larger, bushier pieces at the back and work down to the smaller stems, then secure at the base. Simple but effective.

Cozy up with our unbelievably soft throw blankets. Crafted with sherpa fleece, these blankets actually get softer the more times you wash them. Coordinate with throw pillows and rectangular pillows for whatever nook needs a little extra dose of comfy. Available in three sizes.

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6. GO FOR A QUIRKY LOOK WITH A MISMATCH OF ORNAMENTS

Quirky Christmas fireplace decorations
(Image credit: James Merrell)

Festive fireplaces don’t always have to be about the greenery, for a more quirky look gathers together all your weird and wonderful decorations and ornaments that you’ve collected, inherited, or begrudgingly been made and create a fun and creative mantle display. 

Look closely at this mantel and you’ll find nativities of all shapes and sizes, retro ornaments, vintage postcards of Santa on the beach, tiny Scandi wooden houses, and more. It’s a feast for the eyes and despite not being a sprig of fir insight still feels appropriately Christmassy – the perfect inspiration if you are looking for a more eclectic way to decorate your fireplace.

Wall tapestries truly can do it all. They’re lightweight to hang on the wall, durable to use as a tablecloth and vivid colors make it an eye-catching outdoor blanket. Keep an extra tapestry or two in the trunk of your car for spontaneous park hangs or to set the scene for a meal on the go. Available in three sizes.

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7. GIVE YOUR EVERYDAY FIREPLACE DECOR A FESTIVE TWIST

Christmas fireplace decorations with minimalist style by The White Company
(Image credit: The White Company)

For a more rustic Christmas fireplace idea, be inspired by this beautiful subtle space that’s filled with pieces from The White Company’s new Christmas collection. It’s the perfect example of how you can keep up the decor that’s there all year round and just give it a festive update. We love how the wreaths hang amongst the vintage soil sieves to create a festive gallery wall. And note how there’s actually no mantle above this fireplace, but the garland creates the allusion of one, in fact, it’s just strung up in front of the firebox.

If you have a fireplace a mantelpiece is a great focal point of the room to make extra special at Christmas time.’ says Chrissie Rucker founder of The White Company. ‘I love to dress ours with a faux garland then wind in fairy lights (battery operated are a great option here) then a couple of days before Christmas I add in greenery from the garden. Add a few pine cones or tree decorations and layer in some storm lantern with candles for a beautiful seasonal look.’

Our Framed Canvas Prints add an extra touch of refinement to our gallery-quality canvases. Select from four different frame colors: black, white, maple or walnut to suit your decor taste and show off your favorite artists’ designs. Framed canvases are available in seven different sizes.

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8. LIGHT UP AN ARRANGEMENT WITH NEON

Fireplace mantle with dried flower garland and neon lighting
(Image credit: Polly Wreford)

Festive foliage needn’t be limited to the usual evergreen, this beautiful floral arrangement is filled with unexpected exotic blooms but still hits with those classic warm, rich Christmassy shades. And all those different textures, it’s that mix of really shiny, almost plastic-looking leaves, layered with the soft matte eucalyptus, and all the various shapes and sized too that really make a festive floral arrangement or a garland. You want there to be lots of depth and have a natural shape to it. 

And let’s not ignore the neon. It feels a little bit familiar, the classic festive slogan, glowing light, and yet it’s got a distinctly modern edge that gives this overall look a cool, quirky, contemporary feel.

A true statement maker. Our versatile mid-century modern inspired credenzas are great for use as TV stands, armoires, bars, office cabinets or the perfect complement to your bedroom set. The vibrant art printed on the doors will make your piece pop in any setting. Available in a warm, natural birch or a premium walnut finish.

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9. DON’T IGNORE THE HEARTH

Large fireplace with evergreen Christmas decorations
(Image credit: Paul Raeside)

The mantel gets a lot of attention when it comes to Christmas decor, but the hearth can also be prime real estate for festive flourishes. Group together lanterns, on either side, string fairy lights over stacks of logs, or be inspired by this regal-looking living room and fill up pots with luscious evergreen. This is a lovely way to decorate a fireplace if you don’t have a mantel too. Just be sure that if you are decorating a working fireplace, everything stays a sensible distance away from the firebox.

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