Whenever I look at Christmas fireplace décor ideas, I always see mantels adorned with beautiful fireplace garlands and a few oversized stockings. They look amazing!
But what if — like me — you don’t have a mantel to work with?
A fireplace is the focal point of any room. Knowing how to decorate a fireplace without a mantel for Christmas will help you create the perfect festive design for the heart of your home!
Looking for mantel-less Christmas décor ideas? Here’s our take on fireplace decoration. We went with a natural, simple and Scandi feel. And focused on creating the warmth and comfort that Christmas is all about.
Follow these steps and adapt them to your own Christmas décor style for your own unique fireplace design.
How to decorate a fireplace without a mantel for Christmas in 9 easy steps
1. Clear your space
Decorating your fireplace for Christmas is made much easier when you have a blank canvas.
So clear the space of any unnecessary clutter. Rearrange the furniture if you need to. Remove any décor that doesn’t fit with your Christmas design.
Now you have a much better idea of what will work and fit within the space.
2. Hang a fireplace garland
Decorating a fireplace without a mantel means you often have a lot of wall to work with. We have a lot of stone, so I like to break it up by hanging a single piece that acts as a focal point.
The mirror does part of the job for us. If you don’t have a mirror or some artwork above your fireplace, a beautiful Christmas wreath would work wonderfully.
Then — using greenery (either real or fake) — frame your fireplace with a fireplace garland. As you can see, it creates an instant festive scene!
3. Position and trim the tree
Fireplace garland in place, it’s time to put up the Christmas tree. Another natural element, the tree will complement your garland to perfection.
Ours is a space-saving tree so it fits neatly by the hearth. Decorations are simple — with neutral and natural colors and textures. We’ve also used a simple sheepskin as a tree skirt.
4. Introduce candles
If your fireplace isn’t in regular use, stick some candles in front of it. You can light them night after night and enjoy their warm and cozy glow.
We’ve kept it simple with plain white candles and candlesticks of varying heights. (We also made sure they were kept well away from any flammable décor elements!)
5. Balance your design
A mantel provides a structure for Christmas décor. When decorating a fireplace without a mantel for Christmas, it’s our job to introduce a little structure — so the design feels balanced and easy on the eye.
Our wood stump side table (with a wreath on top) made the perfect addition. You can use any small table, a wooden crate, a basket you have lying around the house — anything that brings a little height to the other side of the fireplace.
6. Wrap a few gifts
Who says presents have to go under the tree? If you have beautiful paper and you fancy wrapping a couple of gifts early this year, arrange a few presents on the hearth.
I chose wrapping paper that was clean and graphic so it fitted in with the Scandinavian-inspired style of the overall design.
7. Don’t forget your Christmas sparkle!
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a little sparkle and shine. Introduce metallics — hints of silver or gold — to break up textures and avoid things looking flat.
We hung some galvanized stars at the top of our garland. And snuck in our lovely little golden cottage too.
8. Bring nature indoors
Enjoy the great outdoors! Head off on a wintery walk and find some natural elements to add to your scene.
We added some pinecones and some sprigs of fresh cedar, which we lay near the candles, presents and wreath.
Lastly, we added a natural basket and put a collection of twigs and branches inside — they can be seen popping out from behind the tree! This is an easy but stylish way to hide your firewood! And another great addition to your Christmassy scene.
9. Turn on your lights and enjoy!
Now, all that’s left is to light your candles, switch on the Christmas tree lights, and enjoy.
We can’t imagine a better place to sit curled up under a blanket, sipping on a cup of hot tea and savoring the festive cheer!
We hope you’ve gotten some inspiration from these tips on how to decorate a fireplace without a mantel for Christmas!
Be sure to check out the other Christmas DIYs and craft ideas in the Curbly library. Your home will soon be more than ready for the big day!