How to Make Beautiful Winter Mantel Decor
Wondering how to decorate after Christmas? Make your winter mantel decor extra cozy with these easy decorating tips. Layers + textures + greens…the perfect combination! Keep reading for some ideas and inspiration to make your winter mantel special this year!
How do you feel when all the Christmas decor comes down? Do you fall into the “I miss it so much and don’t want to take it down” group or are you in the “thank goodness the clutter is gone” camp?
Either way, it’s always fun to start the year with fresh style in your home!
After taking down all the Christmas decor and giving a good deep cleaning, I like to pick a focal point in each room to decorate. That really helps me define the cozy winter look I want for the rest of the room.
Often, the mantel and gallery wall behind our family room sofa is my inspiration wall for our entire living space. Since our home is pretty open, I love for the living rooms, kitchen, and dining areas to all flow together.
I love how my winter mantel decor turned out this year and especially how I was able to incorporate a few “new” old finds into my styling too!
A fireplace or mantel is often a special feature in a room and how you decorate it can set the tone for your entire home!
Just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean your winter mantel decor cannot still help you create a cozy space to enjoy the long winter evenings!
Here is the process I went through to create this layered, textured look for my winter mantel decor.
It took me about 30 minutes to collect everything and get it like I want it, but I love how it creates a cozy, yet elegant look, with lots of vintage vibes!
Here is a list of items I used to create this look:
- Large, vintage frame
- Vintage clock face frame
- Vintage mirror (you can get a new one with a similar look HERE)
- Two thrifted brass sconces (similar found HERE)
- Neutral, vintage books (this set is STUNNING!) You can also deconstruct books like I did on this post!
- Vintage brass candlesticks (beautiful options HERE)
- Faux pine garland (mine is sold out, but this garland would be lovely!)
- Faux eucalyptus garland
- 4 vintage clocks (you can find similar ones HERE and HERE…this collection is all you’d need!)
- Flameless taper candles (I love THESE!!!)
Process to Create Layers for Winter Mantel Decor
The first step for any space I want to restyle is to clear it completely. Think of it as a blank canvas to create your art! Once the space is completely clear (and cleaned!), I start with my largest items and start layering them in!
I added the largest frames and the mirror as my first layer. I love the patina on these old frames and I was excited to find them on a recent trip to the Ohio Valley Antique Mall when we went up north for Christmas!
As I started adding the next layer, using the vintage clock face frame, I realized it wasn’t all going to fit. I removed the second frame and love how now it all fills the space but isn’t too cluttered.
I added the vintage clock frame to tie the mirror and gold frame together. Using these three pieces as the focal point for my winter mantel decor defined the rest of the mantel space!
With this chippy, vintage backdrop in place, I could start adding the accessories that soften all the edges and make my winter mantel decor feel complete.
I laid vintage books on their side to create a base for this beautiful architectural salvage piece from East End Salvage. I was thrilled to purchase this from them right before Christmas, with my winter mantel decor specifically in mind!
Raising the salvage piece on books gave some extra layer and also helps the salvage piece to stand out from the mantel and frame.
Tip: Look for ways to add varied dimensions to your styled vignettes. Vintage books are an easy thing to vary the heights while also adding extra texture and character!
I added thrifted sconces to the right of the frame to balance out and tie in the vintage brass candlesticks in front of the mirror!
Tip: Layer candles in front of mirrors to reflect the light and create an even more cozy glow! You get double duty from your candles! I like to use flameless candles on a timer or remote for safety and ease!
To help all of these pieces feel connected and fluid, I layered two faux garlands. My Norfolk pine garland has been sold out since October (stay tuned; I’ll post it again this summer when they restock!) but this jasmine or rosemary would have a beautiful look for winter!
My favorite faux garland that I use year round is this real touch eucalyptus. It looks so realistic and is super easy to work with. I use it for every season and mix it with lots of different seasonal greenery pieces!
The icing on the cake are these little vintage clocks! I love how they add an extra dimension with unique shape and character and maybe even a little touch of the unexpected!
I love for decor to tell a story and these little clocks help create that feeling with my winter mantel decor…maybe a nod to a little slower pace, more time at home, and the long, cozy evenings?
Whether its your mantel or a gallery wall or a long console table, I hope this gives you some inspiration to create a focal point that tells a story in your winter decor. Keep it simple, add lots of textured layers, and a little touch of the unexpected. It’s a recipe for a cozy styling that you can enjoy all season long!