- 1. Go Big With Greenery
- 2. Style a show-stopping floral display
- 3. Create a cozy feel with candles
- 4. Embrace a vintage look
- 5. Opt for a 'less is more' approach
- 6. Decorate with twinkling string lights
- 7. Create a look of 'quiet luxury'
- 8. Hang a paper garland
- 9. Enhance your fireplace with a wreath
- 10. Make the most of a non-working fireplace
- 11. Create a warming scene
- 12. Keep it traditional with stockings
- 13. Enhance your fireplace with fragrance
- 14. Decorate your mantel with a collection of festive ornaments
- 15. Mix fruit and foliage – and candlelight
- 16. Make your display personal
Looking to uplift your fireplace for the festive season? Make this enduring focal point even more of an eye-draw with our collection of Christmas fireplace decor ideas.
From glorious garlands to twinkling string lights, cozy candles and Christmas ornaments, a fireplace will always be one of the most popular places to decorate for Christmas decor ideas.
A natural gathering point and striking design feature in a room, it pays to enhance your fireplace ideas with stylish Christmas mantel decor and more, as it will only make this warming hub of the home feel all the more special, cozy and festive for the holiday season.
Our favorite Christmas fireplace decorating ideas
'Enhancing my fireplace ideas at Christmas is my favorite job,' says Homes & Gardens' print editor and stylist, Jo Bailey. 'I tend to choose my most treasured ornaments to show off here because they can easily get lost on the tree, but will be noticed around the fireplace.'
From chic and minimal to wholesome and relaxed, explore our collection of beautiful Christmas fireplace decor ideas, as well as whole host of styling and decorating tips from the experts.
Jo Bailey is Deputy Editor of Homes & Gardens, overseeing all features for the print edition. Before joining Future PLC, she worked as an interior stylist for over ten years, specializing in commercial photo shoots for luxury clients such as; Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, Christopher Farr Cloth and Heal's. She has worked with Homes & Gardens for over a decade, having styled and produced editorial shoots and events over the years.
1. Go Big With Greenery
Pine, fir, eucalyptus and holly – evergreen Christmas foliage is an absolute hero of Christmas decor, so enjoy it in its fullest by using it in abundance around your fireplace.
‘Garlands of greenery, with a rope base and swagged heavily over mantelpieces look fabulous and will last for ages if you select hardy, evergreen foliage,’ says florist Philippa Craddock. ‘Or think about using different ingredients: a mass of naturally dried grass mixed with seasonal stems will give you something beautifully unique.’
If you're looking for more enduring festive foliage that can be used year on year, explore our picks of festive faux garlands below.
We love the understated simplicity of this Faux Cypress Garland, ideal for adding a rustic natural touch to your home for the holidays.
This realistic green faux garland features foliage of mixed pine branches and eucalyptus leaves for a natural-themed festive look.
Philippa Craddock is a renowned designer who built her flower business from her kitchen table to a seven-figure global brand within a few short years. Philippa has developed innovative and successful collaborations with Selfridges & Co., MATCHESFASHION.com, US and British Vogue, and London design museum the V&A. She has also worked closely with fashion houses and lifestyle brands including Hermès, Dior, Fortnum & Mason, Chanel, SpaceNK and Alexander McQueen.
2. Style a show-stopping floral display
The best way to complement the humble simplicity of an open fireplace is with a standout floral display. This striking design, by florist Juliet Glaves, is nothing if not a showstopper, with layers of cut foliage and flowers working together to create a magnificent natural statement.
While fresh flowers only last a few days, branches and foliage can often be left for a much longer period of time. Consider replacing the fresh blooms or substituting them for dried flowers for a longer-lasting floral display.
3. Create a cozy feel with candles
Complement the warmth and glow of the roaring flames of your fire with a collection of candles. Perfect for resting atop a mantel, or for placing on the fire surround, the best candles will always work wonderfully for festive decoration.
We love the more modern look of this festive fireplace, and how the using of contrasting colors, textures and shapes makes for a truly eclectic and unique display, perfect for modern Christmas decor.
4. Embrace a vintage look
If you love a vintage look, it's easy to achieve with a combination of found items and dried flower arrangements. When choosing your designs, consider the look you’re trying to achieve; wooden frames suit rustic farmhouse Christmas decor, while ornate brushed gold will add an elegant festive flourish, for example.
5. Opt for a 'less is more' approach
Sometimes you want your fireplace to speak for itself, and going back to basics is one of the most beautiful ways to decorate for the holiday season.
‘For me, the holidays are all about gratitude for the abundance we experience throughout the year, so I like to keep things very natural when I decorate’, says Anastasia Casey, interior stylist and founder of The Identité Collective.
We explore more minimalist Christmas decor ideas in our dedicated feature.
6. Decorate with twinkling string lights
‘We use a lot of fairy lights in our Christmas decor – always warm white – as they can be adapted in a multitude of different ways, particularly when used to fringe a mantelpiece or wrapped around big indoor plants,’ says Angus Buchanan, creative director at Buchanan Studio.
Entwine fairy lights into a garland, or weave them standalone through your candles, Christmas cards and festive ornaments on the mantel. We love these Stargazer Northstar Lights from Anthropologie.
Angus and Charlotte Buchanan form the husband and wife design team behind their London-based creative design frim, Buchanan Studio, set up in 2018.
7. Create a look of 'quiet luxury'
Create a truly elegant look inspired by quiet luxury Christmas decor ideas with a candlelit foliage mantelpiece arrangement.
For the foliage, stick to traditional green colorways, such as classic holly and eucalyptus; play around with shapes of seed heads and leaves, but the shades should only vary from sage to emerald green. To add contrast, weave in a clean, whites, such as boughs of glossy snowberries.
Enhance this look by using pure white tapered candles, sitting on crystal and silver candlesticks. Try creating movement with the candles by arranging these candlestick in size order. Shop beautiful brass taper holders and taper candles from McGee & Co.
8. Hang a paper garland
Paper decorations are not only wonderfully simple, they can make for fun festive craft to enjoy, ideal for DIY Christmas decor ideas.
Paper garlands are perfect for more traditional Christmas decor ideas, and can create a playful retro feel. We love the colorful paper garland used on this fireplace; perfectly coordinating with Christmas ornaments on the tree and with the colorful furniture.
9. Enhance your fireplace with a wreath
A glorious, oversized wreath can make even the most humble of fireplaces into a true statement.
There are myriad Christmas wreath ideas out there, and certainly one to suit your interiors style, but for a suits-all winner we love going with classic foliage. Real or faux, this natural display will bring natural indoors in a controlled and stylish manner. Remember that you can always add natural elements into faux arrangements – simply replace when dried out. For wholly real displays, be sure to mist with water daily to prevent it fading from glory before its time.
Co-ordinate your scheme with a matching Christmas garland, and candles picking up festive tones from within the wreath.
This year, Anthropologie Christmas wreaths are on their A-game, and this wreath is utterly timeless. The faux pine brings a homely feel offset by bursts of color from the red berries.
Lend a lovely touch of the season to your indoor space with this Leaf Christmas Wreath. This unlit artificial wreath is covered with red leaves and winterberries to spruce up your holiday decor a colorful natural accent.
10. Make the most of a non-working fireplace
If you don't have a working fireplace in your home – or for whatever reason you don't choose to light yours – but you have the architectural detail remaining, there's still lots of fun you can have when making this a festive focal point and part of your Christmas traditions.
An oversized wicker basket is the perfect vessel to fill to the brim with Christmas baubles and decorations. Wrap with a slender wreath and then mirror this with a twin wreath above.
It's an easy but effective scheme, and perfect if you're short on time or perhaps are staying in a rental as there's no real commitment.
11. Create a warming scene
Use a collection of candles, lanterns and string lights to decorate your fireplace to create an enhanced feeling of warmth and coziness; as shown on this glorious gold fireplace by West Elm.
12. Keep it traditional with stockings
In years gone by there wasn't a fireplace to be seen on Christmas without a stocking. Reclaim this tradition by hanging a stocking for each member of your family, even if just for decorative purposes. Continue this old-school theme with the most delicate of filigree style ornaments.
For a truly classic look, avoid anything too overtly 'modern' like fairy lights, bold colors or glitter and instead rely on your stockings to take center-stage, or complement with more traditional decorations such as foliage, a shown here in this living room designed by Kit Kemp.
13. Enhance your fireplace with fragrance
‘The perfect Christmas scent allows me to reminisce those evenings by a cozy log fire,’ says Henry Miller-Robinson, Co-Founder of K&H Design. ‘My favorite incense is Oulan Bator by Astier De Villate, with its notes of leather tobacco and wood smoke.’
A sumptuous garland lain over a mantelpiece is a classic Christmas move when it comes to decorating a fireplace, but make your garland work that bit harder by including seasonally scented elements. Add in dried oranges, lemons and cinnamon sticks, along with fragranced foliage like pine and eucalyptus, to be transported to Christmas Day with every inhale.
To build out the garland, add in textural detailing, such as hessian ribbon, seed heads and delicate twigs. This Potpourri mix from Amazon has scent notes of fresh cut evergreen, crushed pine needles, orange zest and fir balsam.
14. Decorate your mantel with a collection of festive ornaments
A mantel provides the perfect platform to get creative with a whole host of festive ornaments, you really can create the most pretty of festive scenes, as shown above by Layered Lounge.
You can also make the most of left over Christmas tree ornaments. Whether you simply rest them atop your mantel or hang them from a garland, it can create a wonderfully coordinated look with your Christmas tree ideas.
15. Mix fruit and foliage – and candlelight
McKenna has simply taken foliage from the garden and dotted bright flowers and fruits in traditional Christmas colors amongst it. And, of course, candlelight adds to the atmosphere.