12/08/2014 10:41 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

8 Holiday Mantel Decorating Ideas

Festive and oh-so-fab fireplace decor.

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Next to the tree, the mantel is the most important seasonal decorating piece. Prepare to greet Santa in style with these stylish tips.

Get more holiday decorating ideas and unique holiday decor.

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Why not choose a style that can last well beyond December 25? A gilded frame is delicately embellished with lush greenery.

Non-functional fireplace? Style it with these creative ideas.

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For a minimalist approach, line poinsettia plants in a row. Bonus idea for homeowners with pets who love these seasonal plants.

See how Emily Jeffords styled her mantel.

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It's great to want to decorate above the fireplace, but consider the area around it. Now's the time to break out those whimsical holiday pieces.

For an even more whimsical approach, check out these adorable wall decals.

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Got a dark wall? Enhance the look by keeping your pieces sophisticated and not too kitchy. Think: gilded frames, oversized mirror, and stacks of books.

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Flowers are the secret ingredient to every space. An assortment of bright blooms can bring the space to new decorative heights.

Here are some more clever ways to use vegetation as decoration.

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Capture the spirit of the season with a lush garland that is complemented by a collection of black and white photos.

photography by MIKKEL VANG

Rather than holiday, think winter. Cue the metallic glazed pine cones and vase filled with feathers.

For more ideas, check out our sparkling holiday decor.

photography by MELANIE ACEVEDO

A mantel topped with a golden frame and lush greenery is one meant for celebrating around.

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