Four Fireplace Mantel Decorating Ideas

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Mantel Decorating Ideas

Have you ever been stumped for fireplace mantel decorating ideas?


I think "what to do with a blank mantel?" is one of the greatest unanswered questions of the universe.

Right up there with "where did the extra socks in the dryer go?"

Or "why do they charge a toll on a freeway?"

Or "if a tree fell in the woods...would it make a sound?"


I don't have all the answers.

But I do have a few suggestions for the whole mantel conundrum.

Here are four ways to create an amazing mantel.

Elegant Fireplace Mantel Decorating Ideas

1.  Symmetry 

Start with a large focal point, like a dramatic piece of wall art or a large wall mirror.

Then build upon your foundation.

Add wall shelves for height and top off with a decorative piece.

Flowers or shells complete the look.

Country Fireplace Mantel Decorating Ideas

2.  Pop of Color

Sometimes all it takes is a little color to decorate a mantel.

Start with a frameless mirror and a row of pretty vases.

Then add the color with fresh flowers.

The vibrant hues of red or pink or yellow truly pop against a neutral background.

Vintage Mantel Decor

3.  Add a little sparkle

Make your mantel sparkle and shine with silver mirrored trays.

Layer the trays against a neutral background and add simple white pitchers and different white ware pieces.

Fill with white flowers and your mantel is full of vintage sophistication.

Transitional Living Room with Fireplace Mantel4.  It all starts with neutral

Maximize the impact of your mantel with a single color palette.

Combine a crisp white mirror with a matching pair of wall sconces.

Then decorate the rest of the mantel with white.

Or an all-red mantel or mantel in all-blue.

The impact of a single color creates a dramatic and one-of-a-kind mantel.


I still don't know about the tree in the forest.

Or the missing socks.

But fireplace mantel decorating ideas.....I think we've got them covered. 

Photo source:  Photo 1:   Traditional Home  Photo 2:  Traditional Home  Photo 3Thistlewood Farms  Photo 4:  Country Living  Photo 5:  bhg

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  • Thank you so much for this!  Finally, some mantel-decorating advice that I can actually USE.  A lot of the mantel ideas offered in the blogosphere are so very, very cute--but not quite right for my home.  The rooms containing my two mantels are a little more formal, but I don't want them to be stuffy.  The mantels pictured here aren't a bit stuffy.  They're full of personality, but still versatile.  Pinning this!

  • Thank you so much for the tips, Karianne!!!! I will be trying a new mantel decoration TODAY!!! I have been looking at mine for a while now, but did not know what to do!!!! I have ideas now!



  • Thank you for these great tips for fireplace mantel decorating. I especially love what you said about starting with neutral. All once color really does bring a dynamic element to the space. I love all the traditional fireplace mantels. 

Four Fireplace Mantel Decorating Ideas