Creating a beautiful winter mantel display doesn't have to be limited to holiday decor. You can enjoy a well-designed mantel all season long. There are virtually endless design options regardless of your home decor style that combine colors, textures, and natural elements to reflect the winter season.
Here are 23 winter mantel decorating ideas to inspire you.
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Cozy Winter Mantel
Creating a cozy winter mantel like this one by Kim at Sand & Sisal is a cinch if you stick to wintry colors and natural materials. The blogger held to a palette of creamy whites, icy blues, and woodsy brown tones. Natural elements, including fuzzy cotton stems and scraggy pine cones, infuse visual interest and warmth. And the coordinating mirror perfectly balances the arrangement centered above it all.Continue to 2 of 23 below.
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DIY Wood Styling Beads
Sometimes the simplest ideas are also the best. This wood bead garland project by Michael at Inspired by Charm is an easy way to dress up a winter mantel with splashes of colors and texture. You can buy oversized wood beads at most craft stores. Before stringing them, paint some or all of the beads in any colors you want. Winter whites and blues are great options to evoke the season in your design.Continue to 3 of 23 below.
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Candles and Nature
Spring doesn't have to feel like a distant memory over the winter, thanks to these nature-inspired decorating ideas from Jennifer at Town & Country Living. A deep blue candle holder was the inspiration behind her styled mantel. The blogger says its color reminds her of the winter sky. She hung a retro bird chart to anchor the arrangement. A couple of grapevine wreaths pop off the tin tiles behind the poster. And the finishing embellishments include decorative glass vials, springlike greenery, and a birch bark planter with faux flowers.Continue to 4 of 23 below.
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The focal point for this winter mantel display by Sue at A Purdy Little House is a DIY wreath. The blogger made the wreath using craft supplies she had lying around. Birch branches, pine cones, and faux evergreens are additional elements that pour on the natural seasonal charm. And the book spines were turned inward to create a more uniform look.Continue to 5 of 23 below.
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After-Christmas Winter Mantel
Don't let the winter blues take over your living room. A mood-lifting mantel like this one by Lauren at Bless'er House will help you shake off that seasonal funk. The blogger says there's a fine line between Christmas and winter decor, so it's OK if your seasonal display borrows items from your holiday storage bins. Here she used yuletide pieces, including garland and decorative trees, to spruce up her mantel. To keep the arrangement from feeling too Christmassy, she didn't use red.Continue to 6 of 23 below.
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Winter Mantel Decor
Create a warm and cozy winter mantel like this one by Kelly at Lily Pad Cottage using simple pieces. The candles establish the warmth of the design. And their uniform whites and creams keep the look from becoming too busy. Plus, the sign featuring a lovely quote by Laura Ingalls Wilder is a homey accent.Continue to 7 of 23 below.
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Vintage Winter Mantel
An old red encyclopedia set discarded by a neighbor kicked off this winter mantel by Kelly Elko. For whimsy, she added her favorite decorative creatures, including a squirrel nutcracker. The faux succulents peeking out from the pages came next for even more whimsy, color, and texture. And the vintage chalkboard nicely frames the entire display.Continue to 8 of 23 below.
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Rustic Winter Mantel
You don't need a built-in mantel to create a vintage-inspired vignette as shown in this design by Liz Marie Blog. This rustic mantel is an antique propped up against the wall. The two old trunks came next. Then, she placed a typewriter and several more vintage finds on top. The wintry touches held over from Christmas include a wreath and garland.Continue to 9 of 23 below.
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Cozy Pom Pom Garland
Dress up your bare mantel with faux greenery and pom-pom garland. This decorating DIY by Jenny at Paint Yourself a Smile uses faux lamb's ear, multihued pine cones, and chunky white yarn. To make your dazzling display even more glamorous, the blogger suggests adding battery-operated string lights.Continue to 10 of 23 below.
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Simple Rustic Winter Mantel
Decorating around a TV can be tricky. Luckily this winter mantel by Krista at The Happy Housie features a few tips that make it a snap. Instead of hiding her TV, she decorated around it. In between the two faux evergreens that frame the TV is a collection of small bottle brush trees that don't block the screen. The blogger also sprinkled on some modern farmhouse style using faux white antlers, pine cone garland, and a bundle of birch logs.Continue to 11 of 23 below.
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Neutral Winter Mantel
Celebrate the season with a cheerful winter mantel like this one by Jo-Anna at A Pretty Life. The blogger says she shopped around her home for all the decor. Two vintage window frames in a wintry white anchor the display. The faux trees and snowflake accents were held over from Christmas. And the glass candle holders and pine cone garland both inject contrasting colors and textures.Continue to 12 of 23 below.
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Simple Winter Mantel
Here's an idea by Courtney at French Country Cottage that reuses leftover Christmas garland. The simple decoration initially made of freshly cut greenery dried out nicely over the holidays, so she used it to spruce up her winter mantel. For extra color and texture, the blogger layered on dried peonies and evergreen branches. To complete her display's French country look, she added several LED candles.Continue to 13 of 23 below.
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Winter Fireplace Mantel and Hearth
A serene mantel like this display by Suzy at Worthing Court might be the cure for harsh winter weather outside. The woods around her home inspired her winter arrangement that features bare branches, natural greenery, and large pine cones. For a cohesive look, she used complementary materials on both the fireplace mantel and the hearth.Continue to 14 of 23 below.
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Farmhouse Winter Mantel
Don't have a fireplace? All you need is a mantel shelf to create a wintry vignette as shown by Stephanie at The Cozy Old Farmhouse. Besides the natural greenery, most of the pieces, including the folding yardstick, are found treasures picked up for cheap at local yard sales. Decorate with whatever treasures you like, but aim to mix cool tones with natural woods like this mantel did to represent the winter season.Continue to 15 of 23 below.
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Cozy Contemporary Winter Mantel
When decorating a dark mantel, it's important to incorporate items that will pop. For instance, this winter scape by Taryn Whiteaker features decorative pieces in soft, contrasting colors. The white garland can't be missed against the dark backdrop. Even better, it's easy to make with just cotton balls and embroidery floss.Continue to 16 of 23 below.
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Late Winter Mantel Refresh
If you're feeling a little antsy for spring, refresh your mantel with beautiful blooms. This late winter mantel by Amanda at Love & Renovations got a room-brightening lift from grocery store flowers. To customize her floral arrangement, the blogger combined buds and sprigs from different bouquets. And in spite of the fresh flowers, the winter whites and the pinecones still evoke the winter season.Continue to 17 of 23 below.
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Winter Mantel on a Snowy Day
This wintry mantel by Elizabeth and Co. celebrates the season with handmade decorations. A ruffled wreath made of sheet music turns a brick wall into a focal point. Gold painted frames add a little glitz, and they nicely play off the silver vases and painted pinecones. Combining metallic elements like these represents the coolness of winter, yet the warm red brick keeps things from getting too icy.Continue to 18 of 23 below.
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Disco Ball Mantel
Winter metallics can come in many shapes and sizes, including disco balls. This example by Heather at Setting for Four features mini disco balls and a large mirror that mimics the form of a disco ball. Even more metallic accents, including the candle holders and painted branches, add extra sparkle. And the pine cones and greenery incorporate warmth and texture.Continue to 19 of 23 below.
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Vintage Winter Mantel Decor
Silver platters and vintage trophies are just a few of the interesting pieces that dress up this winter mantel by Vicki at 2 Bees in a Pod. Fresh moss brings dashes of color and texture. And the rustic wreath that centers the design was easy to make by simply affixing puffs of natural cotton to a grapevine wreath.Continue to 20 of 23 below.
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Winter Yarn Pom Pom Wreath
Reclaimed wood and a DIY yarn wreath cover up an old TV mount over this mantel decorated by Manuela at A Cultivated Nest. The entire project, including the lumber, cost less than $30. The wreath almost looks like it's made of snowballs, thanks to its yarn pom-poms. And the "winter" banner really drives home the theme.Continue to 21 of 23 below.
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Because winter landscape isn't very colorful, this mantel by Kimberly at A Wonderful Thought sticks to neutral shades. A pallet wood chalkboard sits front and center with a winter-themed message. And the snowshoes are a fun seasonal accent. Plus, the banner is a DIY decoration from the blogger's Christmas collection that still works for the rest of the season.Continue to 22 of 23 below.
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Simple Winter Mantel
This ski-inspired mantel by Amy at White Cottage is loaded with rustic and homey accents. A cute "snow" banner and mini snow skis set the theme. For color, she added faux evergreens. And a mirror and rustic window frame anchor the arrangement.Continue to 23 of 23 below.
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Snowy Winter Mantel
What's more fitting for the season than a winter mantel dedicated to snow? This display by Becca at Adventures in Decorating celebrates winter weather with a seasonal "let it snow" banner. The two evergreens flanking the design can function both as Christmas and general winter decor. And the neutral metallics play up the icy theme.