35 Mantel Decor Ideas That’ll Make the Most of Your Mantel Year-Round

updated Sep 1, 2023
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If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace in your home (or you’ve implemented a faux fireplace), you know just how much fun it is to style your mantel with new and different decor whenever the mood strikes. Whether you want to decorate it for the holidays, to welcome a new season, or to use it as a spot to showcase your favorite art or collectibles, there’s just something so satisfying about arranging and rearranging until you get it just right. 

 If you’re a fiend for finding that perfect look for your mantel, you’ve come to the right place! Our roundup of 35 mantel decor ideas will have you booking it to the craft or thrift store right away. 

1. Use layered wood tones.

The dark grey mantle shown here by @thegoodlifeco.nj pops perfectly against the blonde wood of the wall behind it. Different wooden mantel decor brings the whole look together.

2. Style it with chic mantle decor.

If you have a fantastic mantle, make the most of it by styling it as often as you can with seasonally appropriate mantle decor ideas. We’re obsessed with the chic, minimalist Halloween vibe shown on this mantle by @athomewithjanan.

3. Create a vintage seascape.

This mantle by @earlynewengland just screams, well, New England. Driftwood fish and oversized coral combine to create a vintage look that’s just right for any time of the year.

4. Just horsin’ around.

Add a touch of your own personality to your mantle when you incorporate art or photography that displays the things you hold most dear. This mantle, by @decor_ate_with_sharon, proudly displays that a horse lover lives here.

5. Prop up a windowpane.

This fall-inspired mantle by @the.saltwater.cottage is sheer perfection. Every element, from the white-washed brick to the perfectly placed mantle decor, is so beautiful and peaceful. Cop this look by adding a vintage windowpane and making it the focal point, then building around it.

6. Try a vintage design.

Instagram user @linenandtwigs nails the vintage look with bronzed items like mirrors and bowls in various sizes. Pretty greenery and a stylish hat complete the mantel decor in this classy scene. 

7. Make it warm and welcoming.

A welcome sign is nestled among other mantel decor in this scene by @meg.inthemoment. She’s pulled several coordinating pieces and topped it off with a string of whimsical white pom poms. 

8. Cheer things up with bright colors.

We love how @courtneysemplinerdesigns chose to top this mantel with a few bold, bright works of art. They’re the perfect accent for this otherwise stark white space. 

Credit: @masanastone

9. Just a TV, please.

If you’re the Netflix and chill type, there’s a good chance the only mantle decor you need is a good quality flat-screen TV. The Samsung picture frame TV shown here by @masanastone is the perfect way to add a touch of visual interest to your mantel when you’re not watching your favorite shows. 

10. Pay homage to family.

Sometimes, the best mantel decor is that which features your family name. It’s certainly something to be proud of! Grab some inspo from this cute mantle from @cowhideandcakeplates.

11. Celebrate the seasons.

If you’re the type who loves to ring in each new season with decor, don’t forget about your mantel! There’s an endless variety of seasonal mantel decor you can play around with, like this pretty fall scene from @dogwood.farm.charm

12. Opt for clean and modern.

A few pieces of chic artwork and touches of gold make the mantel in this sleek West Hollywood abode look picture-perfect. This set up also creates balance throughout the rest of the room, since the shades match the rest of the space’s palette.

13. Rustic done right.

Exposed brick and lots of charming old wood are part of what makes this stunning New Orleans home the gem that it is. A few small but intentional decorative touches added to the mantel only make it that much more jaw-dropping, letting the interesting architecture speak for itself.

Credit: Lauren Kolyn

14. Throw a plant party.

It’s almost as if the space above fireplaces was made for housing your ferns and philodendrons. Case in point: the collection of greenery on the mantel in this plant-laden home.

Credit: Natalie Jeffcott

15. Try a double decker.

One mantel is great but two? Talk about dreamy! This artsy Australian home shows how you can make this concept work. Visitors will marvel at this interesting set up, which includes two rows of cute pictures, but it won’t feel too busy visually for you.

16. Be selective.

Blogger Bre Bertolini opted for simple boho mantel decor in her home. She installed the shiplap backing above and below the mantel herself, and by keeping decorative accessories to a minimum, the walls truly shine. All you really need on a minimalist mantel is a few thoughtfully placed trinkets — a small stack of books, a vase, a candle. If items echo the rest of the colors in your room, these pieces can help tie the whole space together while adding a touch of personality.

17. Create a Scandi vibe.

Blogger Jessica Nickerson decorated her mantel with neutral pieces that she hoped would give off a Scandinavian vibe, and this composition certainly delivers. The final display is warm and welcoming without being overpowering. A stack of books always makes for easy, affordable decor—just raid your shelves and pick out a few titles that speak to you. You can also grab branches and greenery from your backyard (if you have one), and create different levels in your design scheme by using books to prop different pieces up at different heights.

Credit: Jude Green

18. Add a letter board.

Blogger Jude Green kept her mantel decor simple and cozy to welcome the new season into her home. However, think this space would look lovely just the way it is throughout the rest of the year, too—all you have to do is style a letter board with a new quote and replace the pinecone garland with something seasonally appropriate. Propping up a letter board with a fun quote is a great way to welcome guests into your home and show off your wit. We also like the addition of a small lamp and mirror, which can help throw light around a space.

19. Glam up your mirror.

Blogger Jessica Litman of The Organized Mama styled a modern farmhouse themed living room as part of the One Room Challenge that many bloggers take part in. Hanging a wreath over a mirror atop the mantel adds a cheerful pop of green to the space that will look lovely year round. Decorating with florals here—either real or faux—is always a good choice. You can go the garland route, or display a bouquet or a single stem in a sculptural vase.

20. Display artwork front and center.

While it’s often common practice to hang a TV above a relatively low mantel, that certainly isn’t a requirement! Blogger Courtney Browning opted to make an oversized piece of abstract art the main focus in her space and placed her television off to the side on a chest of drawers instead. The beautiful black, gray, and white swirls mix in perfectly with the neutral shades she’s decked out the rest of the room in.

Credit: Andrew Bui

21. Keep it utilitarian.

In a small space, sometimes less is more. This renter in this Brooklyn studio apartment mounted a TV above her fireplace and then kept the mantel decor sparse, only placing a lamp and plant on top of it. The whole look is very mid-century modern and streamlined—but not sterile because of the soothing pops of green and blue these couple of pieces add.

Credit: Shannon Fox

22. Add seasonal charm.

Spring is in the air, and blogger Shannon Fox’s seasonally themed mantel decor is oh-so-sweet! Decorating the mantel in honor of a season or holiday is an especially fun idea if you have little ones at home—they’ll look forward to the tradition each year, and your home will feel extra festive thanks to all of the thoughtful touches scattered around the rooms.

23. Go all out with greenery.

Decorating a mantel for the winter holidays doesn’t have to be challenging, either! Blogger Rebecca Celhar explains how to create a gorgeous setup in just five steps. A little extra garland can go a long way in make a space look especially merry and bright. And the best part of this setup is that, if you subtract the lights, stockings, birch logs, and bottle brush trees, you have a base of greenery and golden candlestick holders that you can build on for any season really.

Credit: Melissa

24. Introduce playful touches.

Mantels aren’t just for living rooms—many bedrooms feature them, too! Blogger Melissa of Winter Daisy designed the most darling display in her client’s son’s nursery, complete with an adorable pennant and some space-themed accessories to match the room’s theme. The end result couldn’t look more chic. You could definitely execute this sort of idea in an adult room as well with more sophisticated pieces and equally graphic artwork.

25. Layer favorite prints.

Hanging or leaning artwork above a mantel is a popular choice, and you really can’t go wrong when it comes to styling out this setup. Blogger Sarah Gibson decided to layer together three different art pieces to create a cohesive, modern display, and we love this idea as an alternative to showcasing just one large piece. For best results, be sure to vary the size of pieces and the finish of your frames, but make sure there’s one common thread between what you display so the look feels cohesive. Here, it’s the use of black that helps all of these pieces hang together.

26. Camouflage your TV.

Brooke Larsen actually purchased her mantel for $250 and then styled it to make it look built in. She did a wonderful job of incorporating her TV into the design, thanks to the faux window panels that flank it and the greenery that sits below it. Candles are always a great finishing touch for a mantel, whether you light them or not.

Credit: Jennifer Griffin

27. Style your succulents.

We love displaying succulents all over the house—they’re affordable, add a little bit of color and life to a spot, and look fantastic when grouped together or on their own. Blogger Jennifer Griffin used a collection of succulents to liven up her outdoor mantel, and the little line of plants, as well as their stunning blue pots, go a long way in sprucing up this space.

Credit: Erin Derby

28. Or create a mini jungle.

The row of plants idea works well indoors, too! A little jungle is on full display in this Brooklyn apartment, which helps to create a calming, natural feel that’s well-removed from the hustle and bustle of city life.

29. Keep it classic with a clock.

Add a traditional touch to your space by displaying an oversized clock above your mantel like blogger Stephanie Watkins did. Framed family photos, artwork, and some floral touches help this classic tableau feel more personal and pulled together.

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30. Let a mirror do the talking.

You can’t go wrong placing a mirror above the mantel—it’ll beam natural light across your place and make it feel a little bigger in the process. Robert and Christina Martinez of the New Darlings chose a beautiful brass piece that would complement a number of design styles. Once again, this setup exemplifies how nicely books can double as affordable decor. Add a mini bust, a few feathers, and a plant, and you’re good to go.

31. Round up a collection.

A mantel can be an excellent place to display a collection, as seen in this Chicago home. Whether you’re partial to pottery, sculptures, vases, or you name it, go to town. Your favorite pieces deserve to be arranged front and center! Just make sure that everything you choose is small enough as to not overwhelm the mantel. This area is only so big, after all.

Credit: Sara Syrett

32. Get thrifty.

Blogger Sara Syrett set up her spring mantel display using a large woven basket that she purchased at a thrift store for just $6. She then added her own accent pieces to finish off the farmhouse-inspired look.

33. Try a symmetrical setup.

A little symmetry can make a major statement, as evidenced by blogger Michelle James’s space. Whether decorating for the holidays or not, this is a great tactic to swear by if styling has left you feeling a bit stumped.

34. Find versatile accessories.

Blogger Ashley Stringfellow designed a simple mantel with warm, rustic touches. Classic accessories like the candlesticks, glass cloche, and mercury glass vase will be easy to carry over—and refresh—from one season to another.

35. Be a maximalist.

Prefer a maximalist display? Blogger Katherine Medlin shows us how it’s done with her collection of topiaries, fresh and dried flowers, and bright colored candles. Of course, her gold ornate mirror is the true star of the show. So if you want to create a display like this, make sure you can still see enough of your true focal point piece.