Christmas mantelpiece ideas

Christmas mantelpiece ideas for the festive season and beyond

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  • Make your mantelpiece stand out this Christmas with these festive ideas

    Your Christmas mantelpiece is the perfect feature to decorate this season. It’s a focal point of most living rooms, so it’s the ideal spot for displaying your favourite decorations. Whether you’re planning to dress your home in modern, country or traditional Christmas decor, have a look through these beautiful Christmas mantelpiece decorating ideas for inspiration.

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    1. Furnish with foraged foliage

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    To make the most of a subtle earthy room like this stick to natural foliage. Go foraging for ferns, pinecones and piece of evergreen branches to drape over the mantelpiece. Hang strands of foliage at varying heights from the mantelpiece. Give them a quick spray with some artificial snow to give them a frosted look as a finishing touch.

    2. Mix candlesticks with tea lights

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    Candles are one of the simplest and most effective Christmas decorations. Mantelpieces are the perfect place for them as they won’t be knocked over by excited kids (and parents). Create a varied display with candle sticks in a vibrant blue and tea lights in complimentary gold holders, they’ll look as pretty during the day as they do lit up in the evening.

    3. Fill the hearth with pillar candles

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    Image credit: Jeremy PhillipsFor a rustic fire-place with a wood-burning stove like this, a cluster of pillar candles and tarnished silver candle holders will add to the cosy glow from the fire. To keep the focus on the hearth keep decoration on the mantlepiece simple. The two wooden reindeer match the wooden mantelpiece perfectly and add a touch of Christmas cheer without being overpowering.  Tie the fireplace in with the Christmas tree by draping ivy and fairy lights on the mirror above the fireplace.

    4. Spell out a festive message


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    Big, brash details are what modern glamour is all about. For festive flamboyance build your own garland by bulking out an artificial one with gold-sprayed foliage and a mix of boldly coloured baubles. Gold letters spelling out a seasonal word or message cap things off.

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    5. Fill an empty fireplace

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    Create a holiday focal point by filling an empty hearth with a stack of beautifully gift-wrapped packages in co-ordinating foils and ribbons, topped with baubles and handmade gift tags. Keep the mantel itself simple with a row of coloured glass candle holders and mini tea lights. Hang a few of your favourite cards from a length of satin ribbon and finish off with a garland of greenery above.

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    6. Add a floral flourish

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    A bold arrangement of cheery poinsettias, festive berries and foliage looks striking in a classic scheme. The clean lines of the fireplace, overmantel mirror and symmetrically positioned lanterns is softened by the vibrant colours, fullness of the florals and the slightly off-centred arrangement. Add extra colour around the living room with scarlet blooms and red glass candle votives.

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    7. Give your mantlepiece a homemade touch


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    Festoon the room with homemade decorations. This classic country scene could come straight from a picture book.  The traditional cream woodburner is alive with Christmas crafting. Rosy apples are arranged with tealights and tartan, while dark floral accessories and giftwrap add rustic character. Rag garlands and card strings hanging from side to side marry this charming look together.

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    8. Go glam with blue and gold

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    Who says Christmas decorations have to look tacky? Opt for an opulent gold and blue scheme, with a variety of golden candle holders and a gold leaf garland adorning your mantelpiece. Continue the colour scheme to your Christmas tree and gift wrap for a particularly sophisticated look.

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    9. Hang stockings above the fire

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    Get ready for Santa’s imminent arrival by hang traditional red and white stockings above the fire. Keep them company with some cute robins and some freshly cut ivy.

    10. Create a magical forest scene

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    Start with multiple layers of paper pine trees and add sparkling silver stars and frosty white foliage. Create a decadent display of candles and tea lights for the warmest and cosiest of mantelpiece displays.

    11. Stay minimal

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    If you’re not into glitzy Christmas decorations, there’s nothing wrong with keeping it lowkey. There’s something classic and Scandi about this minimalist mantelpiece, with a simple wooden star and sprig of mistletoe.

    12. Hang a Christmas wreath

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    Keep your mantelpiece simple and elegant with an array of elegant glass and silver candle holders, and make a beautiful wreath hanging in front of a mirror the focal point of your mantelpiece display.

    13. Create a woodland-inspired scheme

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    Opt for the natural textures of winter with a dainty pine garland and a heart-shaped pine cone wreath on the mantelpiece for an elegant, woodland-inspired scheme. White and silver reindeer ornaments, cosy faux-fur throws and blankets and a wolf-print cushion complement the look.

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    14. Make it red hot

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    Embrace the spirit of Christmas with a bold red wood-burner and go to town by adorning the mantelpiece with lots of pretty colour co-ordinated decorations. Give it some extra love with a festive red and white heart-shaped garland and red tree-shaped ornaments.

    15. Choose a traditional country look

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    Thick green foliage adorned with traditional decorations and warm glowing fairylights looks beautiful alongside a charming country scheme, with rich-coloured tartans and a crackling open fire.

    16. Create a vintage display

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    Display a selection of vintage jars filled with pine cones, cotton reels and dainty paintbrushes for a vintage and minimal mantelpiece. Lace fairylights between the jars and add pretty white foliage.

    17. Add some glamor with silver candle sticks

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    Display tall candlesticks in silver candle holders of varying heights to create an elegant yet relaxed ambience. Add tealights and dainty fairylights for extra glow, and a sparkly ‘Merry Christmas’ garland for a touch of understated glitz.

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    18. Ditch holly in favour of roses and ivy

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    If you’re not a fan of bold and bright Christmas decor, opt for a beautiful foliage display atop your mantelpiece. This gorgeous assortment of white roses and greenery wouldn’t look out of place any time of year.

    Will you be giving your Christmas mantelpiece an update this festive season?

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