You may think of decorating the mantel for winter and automatically picture holiday-specific decor only—but trust us, there are plenty of ways to decorate this part of your home so that it looks fabulous all winter long, even after December has passed. Whether you're feeling crafty, have an urge to hit the thrift stores, or prefer a more subdued setup, you'll be able to perfect your winter mantel display in no time thanks to the 28 ideas below.
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There's nothing more delicious smelling this time of year than seasonal potpourri, so why not string some atop your mantel? Then, finish off the look with a couple of candles and some greenery—simple and chic.Continue to 2 of 28 below.
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Classic snowshoes are the perfect charming accessory to display during the winter months. They'll remind you and your loved ones of simpler times—and may even encourage you to get outside and be active (but we don't blame you if you'd rather curl up by the fire all day long).
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Candles and Nature
Artwork depicting cozy winter scenes certainly gets us in the mood to curl up in the living room and sip hot cocoa under a blanket. These pieces look beautiful layered on the mantel alongside classic vintage mirrors and brass candlesticks.Continue to 4 of 28 below.
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Snowflakes and Hearts
Snowflakes and hearts will keep the winter spirit going well into Valentine's Day. Wood cutouts are an excellent choice for those who steer toward neutral decorations but still want to get in on seasonal accent pieces.Continue to 5 of 28 below.
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Lots of Logs
Keep it simple! If you prefer a more minimalistic look, we suggest taking a cue from this setup, which features classic eucalyptus and some candles—all you truly need to make a space feel warm and cozy. Filling the nonworking fireplace with an intricate log display also adds major sophisticated cabin vibes.
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The winter season is all about cozy gatherings with family, so why not display a framed photo of your crew front and center? You could even use your favorite shot from your holiday card if you feel like being extra festive. Round out the look with other seasonal accents, like a darling display of mini logs, as we see here.Continue to 7 of 28 below.
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What's more adorable than a pom pom garland and some tiny houses? This oh-so-sweet mantel will be a favorite among kids and adults alike.Continue to 8 of 28 below.
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Shabby Chic Glam
Break out those winter whites! You don't need to go full-on "snowflake" theme if you prefer to keep a display a little more subdued. Gathering white accessories such as fun candles and a floral wreath will do the trick. And don't forget about sparkly touches for a bit of glam—perfect for New Year's Eve.Continue to 9 of 28 below.
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Celebrate the season with a faux garland and a sled popped up as a fun prop! Then add in some candles and pinecones as a finishing touch, and your mantel is all finished and ready to go.Continue to 10 of 28 below.
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Chalk Paint Craftiness
Feel like getting a bit crafty? Jazz up a regular decorative sign with some chalkboard paint and then draw some beautiful snowflakes on top for special winter flair. Best of all, you can update the sign each season, so it's an affordable decorative piece that keeps on giving.Continue to 11 of 28 below.
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This farmhouse style mantel captures our attention immediately. If you're looking to make a major seasonal statement, a large snowflake cutout is the way to go. A tassel garland and some greenery adds even more beauty to this cheery setup.Continue to 12 of 28 below.
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In a similar vein, you could choose to display a wreath rather than a snowflake by attaching it to a plain wooden backing. Faux wreaths will require no maintanece, but evergreen wreaths can simply be revived with a few spritzes of water if needed.Continue to 13 of 28 below.
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This mantel features a tiny chalkboard with a seasonal message, mini evergreen trees, a snowflake banner, and many more delightful touches. You don't need to think big with accents if you prefer grouping smaller pieces together to create a collected display.Continue to 14 of 28 below.
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A beaded garland is festive while complementing boho and farmhouse spaces in particular. We love the idea of displaying a woven basket to cozy things up, too. And skis leaning below the mantel add extra character.Continue to 15 of 28 below.
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There's no need to hit the stores for decor when you can shop your own backyard. Oversized pinecones and a beautiful branch look stylish grouped with candles atop this mantel and don't cost a dime.
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There's nothing wrong with styling a mantel symmetrically, and this setup looks super sophisticated. Now we're feeling ready to light a fire and watch the snow fall outside!Continue to 17 of 28 below.
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If you own a television that has a customizable screensaver, go ahead and switch it over to a wintry scene like this one (we almost feel like we've been transported to a remote getaway just staring at it). Then, get creative with pinecones and bits of greenery to bring the outside in.Continue to 18 of 28 below.
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Make use of existing decor before buying new: Simply turn books the other way around to create a vintage, rustic look atop the mantel. Neutral pieces that add texture are a no-fail choice.Continue to 19 of 28 below.
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There's nothing sweeter than a painting of a house in the snow. Visit your local thrift stores and antique shops to find a piece of seasonal art that speaks to you, then let it take center stage on the mantel.Continue to 20 of 28 below.
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How much greenery is too much? Truthfully, we think more is more, especially when it's as artfully displayed as it is on this mantel. Clusters of brass candlesticks pop against the stunning leaves.Continue to 21 of 28 below.
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Can you spot the sweet little squirrels perched atop this mantel? It's perfect for animal lovers or those with young children who will enjoy spending time with (faux) furry friends all winter long. And once again, using ice skates and skis as decor is always a winning idea.Continue to 22 of 28 below.
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Who's to say you can't display garland alongside pumpkins? Go for white gourds rather than those that are bright orange, and your setup will look fabulous all season long.Continue to 23 of 28 below.
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Bold red leaves placed in a vase will add welcome color to any room and are a festive choice from September through January. The taller the branches, the better!Continue to 24 of 28 below.
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Adding handmade touches like crocheted or needlepointed designs will remind you and your family members of simpler times. We love this embroidery featuring remnants from thrift store sweaters and sweet cutouts of mittens.Continue to 25 of 28 below.
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Why not display a strand of twinkly lights on the mantel? Paired with white decorative accents, they create a glam look and will bring you and your loved ones joy when the sun sets each evening.Continue to 26 of 28 below.
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Quote artwork can appear tasteful when it is intentional and kept to a minimum. This phrase reads, "Silver white winters that melt into springs," and, yes, these truly are some of our favorite things!Continue to 27 of 28 below.
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Dried Floral Delight
Dried florals are easy to maintain—they'll last for years without any touchups needed—and come in a variety of neutral shades that are excellent for winter. As much as we love live berries and branches, there's something to be said for a one-and-done approach to buying a bouquet.Continue to 28 of 28 below.
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If you have a few favorite decorative trays or baskets that aren't in use throughout the house, consider propping them up on the mantel so that they can be admired. The winter season is all about layers and textures, so woven pieces make for excellent accents.