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5 Festive Seasonal Mantel Decor Ideas

The secret to a good-looking mantel? A few key focal points, a handful of treasured objects, and a rotating cast of in-season swaps to keep things fresh and festive—just in time for holiday entertaining. Here are our mantel decor ideas to spruce up your seasonal decor.

decorated fireplace mantel

Start With Art Decor

To help establish a mood and color palette, play around with your favorite art. A larger piece will draw the eye and offer a starting point around which to style everything else. Lean your frames against the wall for a less-formal look (this also makes them easier to swap out) or hang them for a more finished feel. On a budget? Sites such as Etsy and Minted (where we sourced these) are great places to find affordable art.

Go Green With Indoor Plants

Plants in pretty pots are a winner year-round, and seasonal fresh flowers or sculptural branches add extra color and drama. To gussy up your mantel for the holidays, add some fragrant greenery such as eucalyptus or juniper. Make a runner with it or just lay it strategically on the surface for a no-fuss approach.

Get Lit With Candle Sets

Sconces or small table lamps are great lighting options for a mantel, but candlelight is your go-to for upping the cozy factor. A single pair of tapers in pretty holders works for every day, but a group of candles (three or four—or more) in varying heights and vessels will make the room festive for the holiday season.

Add Meaning With Unique Home Decor

Add interest by mixing in objects that are meaningful to you. Displaying that brass owl that belonged to your grandmother or the ceramic bowl you got in Oaxaca will add personality and make you happy every time you walk past.

Mix and Match Decor

The most important tip when it comes to styling your mantel is remembering to mix it up. Your accessories, vessels, and art should incorporate old and new, treasured splurges and budget scores, different materials and finishes. The end effect will be a mantel that feels layered, rich, and all your own.

By Hannah Baker Photograph by Carson Downing

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