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Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas | Neutral Vintage Farmhouse


Last year I gave my fireplace a makeover. First, I had my husband beef up our mantel so that it was deeper (read: more space for decor!). Next, I transformed it completely by chalk painting the old marble surround. You’ve got to go check out those before pictures! I’ll wait…

Now do you see why I’ve been having so much fun decorating my fireplace each season this year? My new black and white fireplace is the perfect neutral backdrop. So when it was time to take down the Christmas decor, I decided to try something new and decorate my mantel for winter.

Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas

When I decided to try decorating my fireplace for winter, I had a few requirements:

  1. I didn’t want it to look Christmas-y.
  2. No spending money on new decor!

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view of family room with fireplace lit and mantel decorated for winter with a variety of small trees.

I used small pine trees wrapped in burlap and tied with red plaid ribbons throughout my home at Christmas. For me, the red accents are what made my home look festive for Christmas. By removing the red ribbon, I transitioned my trees from the holidays to winter.

winter fireplace mantel with assorted miniature trees

A grapevine tree form and some large bottle brush trees I found at Hobby Lobby added some neutral but cozy-looking color. I like using visual triangles in my decor, so I added a third small bottle brush tree I found at Vintage Market Days. And then it felt like I needed a little something to separate the two white trees, so an upside down mattress spring did the trick!

winter fireplace mantel with assorted miniature trees

The other side of the fireplace mantel got a different assortment of miniature trees. I love mixing up different textures and shapes within a neutral color palette! And do you see how the metal curly-Q tree complements the curved lines of the mattress spring “tree” on the other side?

After adding the trees, they felt a little lost on the wall. So I dug out these two rectangular trays I’ve had for ages. The warm color was just the right background to help the trees to pop!

I also added a round chapati board I got from a friend who has a fabulous home decor business out of her home. Brittany sources all kinds of unique items, and many of them are truly one of a kind. You can check out the whole Hartland Homes online catalog here.

Finishing Touches for Winter Fireplace Decor

view of family room with fireplace lit and mantel decorated for winter with a variety of small trees.

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To finish styling my fireplace for winter, I added a warm, cozy throw blanket to my favorite large basket. The basket has such a unique pattern and it’s made from leather straps! The other side of the hearth got a vintage wooden bucket filled with some logs from our yard.

No winter fireplace is complete without a fire burning inside! These simple neutral ideas helped me transition easily and inexpensively from the Christmas season to winter in my home. What’s your favorite way to make your home cozy during the cold winter months? Tell me about it in the comments.

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