Manteldecor: inspiring ways to style a fireplace mantel in your home

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Even if your fireplace isn’t functional, you can still make your mantelpiece a decorative focal point – and there’s no time like the lead-up to Christmas for getting creative with an eye-catching display of all your favourite things.

With #mantelscaping fast becoming the new #shelfie, treat your mantel as you would a shelf, albeit an extra fancy one. It’s a versatile space where you can showcase large-scale artwork, mirrors, vases, candles, photos, plants – the options are limitless (and better still, you can switch things up whenever you fancy, for a whole new outlook).

Take your inspiration from these five ‘grammers. Their fireplace styling? It’s lit.


Ceramic artist and colour lover Em handmade this pretty paper garland to brighten up last Christmas – complete with sprayed foliage from her garden. Proving that a wow-worthy display doesn’t have to blow the budget.

And what’s more, she repurposed the paper petals to switch things up for Easter – ‘cos garlands aren’t just for Christmas. Follow to see how her fireplace gets the festive treatment this year.


A marble mantel made even more amazing with the William Morris wallpaper (plus jazzy disco ball). And nope, we’re not at all jealous that this fireplace is one of three originals that came with Claire’s Victorian villa.

A pro tip to take from this fireside styling? Arrange your objects in groups of varying heights and tonal colours to make for a very ‘grammable tableau indeed.


At the start of lockdown, Trish painted her surround a sunshiney yellow, to make being at home more joyful. We’d say it definitely worked!

And fans of this cheerful tone will be pleased to know it’s now a permanent fixture, regularly gracing the grid and brightening up all our feeds. Follow along for lots of other lovely interior inspo.


You don’t get much more ‘gram-worthy than a festive faux floral ombré mantle – no wonder this pic from 2019 is sooo popular on Insta (hit IG’s ‘save’ button to inspire your own festive fireplace).

Created by stylists Tracy Cole and Clea Broad, we absolutely cannot wait to see what they’ve got up their collective sleeve this season – make sure you’re following along to avoid festive FOMO!


No chimney, no worries. Just fake it until you make it with a non-functional fireplace, like the one in this converted 1874 Victorian Workhouse in London. That’s right, it’s purely for aesthetics only, and we’re here for it (note the painted pop of wall colour in place of the hearth).

Even more impressive is that this surround was a £36 steal from eBay. Follow along to be inspired by this ever-evolving space (well, home owner Tom is a visual merchandiser, after all).

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