Whenever I look at Christmas fireplace decorating plans, I always see mantels adorned with beautiful fireplace garlands and some oversized stockings. They look amazing!
But what if, like me, you don’t have a ledge to work with?
A chimney is the point of convergence of any room. Knowing how to decorate a mantle-less fireplace for Christmas will help you create the perfect festive design for the heart of your home!
Looking for Christmas decorating ideas without shelves? Here’s our take on fireplace decor. We went with a natural, simple, and Scandinavian touch. And focused on creating the warmth and comfort that is Christmas.
Follow these steps and adapt them to your own Christmas decorating style for your own unique fireplace design. How to decorate a fireplace without a mantel for Christmas in 8 easy steps
1. Clean up your space
Decorating your fireplace for Christmas is much simpler when you have a blank canvas.
So clear the space of any unnecessary clutter. Rearrange the furniture if necessary. Remove any decorations that don’t match your Christmas design. Now you have a much better idea of what will work and fit in the space.
2. Hang a fireplace garland
Brightening a chimney without a shelf implies that you frequently have a ton of dividers to work with. We have a lot of stone, so I like to break it down by hanging a single piece that acts as a focal point.
The mirror does part of the work for us. If you don’t have a mirror or some piece of art over your fireplace, a beautiful Christmas wreath would work wonders.
Then, using greenery (either real or faux), frame your fireplace with a fireplace garland. As you can see, it creates an instant holiday scene!
3. Place and prune the tree
Fireplace garland in place, time to put up the Christmas tree. Another common component, the tree will supplement your wreath consummately.
Ours is a space-saving tree, so it fits perfectly next to the home. The decorations are simple, with neutral and natural colors and textures. We also used a simple sheepskin as a tree skirt.
4. Insert candles
If your fireplace is not used regularly, put some candles in front of it. You can light them up night after night and enjoy their warm and inviting glow.
We have kept it simple with white candles and candle holders of varying heights. (We also made sure they were kept well away from any flammable decor items!)
5. Balance your design
A ledge provides a structure for Christmas decorations. When decorating a mantel-less fireplace for Christmas, it is our job to introduce a small structure, so that the design feels balanced and pleasing to the eye.
Our wooden stump side table (with a crown on top) was the perfect complement. You can utilize any little table, a wooden box, a bushel that you have around the house, whatever takes a little tallness to the opposite side of the chimney.
6. Wrap some presents
Who says blessings need to go under the tree? If you have some beautiful paper and feel like wrapping a couple of presents earlier this year, arrange a few presents around the fireplace.
I chose clean, graphic wrapping paper to fit in with the Scandinavian-inspired style of the overall design.
7. Don’t forget your Christmas glitter!
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of glitter and sparkle. Introduce metallics, touches of silver or gold, to break up textures and prevent things from looking flat.
We hung some galvanized stars on top of our garland. And he also sneaked us into our lovely little golden house.
8. Bring nature indoors and Turn on the lights
Enjoy the great outdoors! Go on a winter hike and find some natural elements to add to your scene. We add some pinecones and some fresh cedar springs, which we place near the candles, the gifts, and the wreath.
Lastly, we added a natural basket and put a collection of twigs and branches inside – they can be seen coming out from behind the tree! This is an easy yet stylish way to hide your firewood! And another great addition to your Christmas scene.
Now all that’s left is to light the candles, turn on the Christmas tree lights, and enjoy. We can’t imagine a better place to sit snuggled under a blanket, sipping a hot cup of tea and savoring the festive cheer! We hope you were inspired by these tips on how to decorate a fireplace without a mantel for Christmas.
Be sure to check out the other Christmas DIY and craft ideas in the magikflame library. Your home will before long be more than prepared for the huge day!