Cheery and Bright Christmas Mantel Ideas

Last Updated on October 19, 2022

Colorful Christmas mantel ideas take your holiday decor to the next level. Don't feel trapped in red and green! Use your own style and color palette to create a festive Christmas mantel you love.

colorful and bright Christmas mantel ideas

I don't know about y'all, but I love it when it is beginning to look like Christmas around here! I am always so excited about decorating for the holidays.

I have worked hard at incorporating my own personal color and style into our family's Christmas decorations. It took me years of decorating for the holidays before I really started to embrace my love of color.

Some of my favorite colorful DIY's are my hand-painted ornaments, pom pom stockings and my colorful vintage style Christmas posters. Now every inch of my Christmas home decor reflects my style.

I love looking for new ways to use color at Christmas. I looked from new Christmas mantel ideas, and I was not disappointed! There are so many color lovers out there that need permission to step out of the traditional holiday colors and do what you love. I hereby release you from red and green and give you the go-ahead to embrace your rainbow this year.

I LOVE the way our mantel turned out–I keep the decor minimal but fun. I love the wow factor of a large peice of art for the holidays. And the best part about this is that is is actually digital art on our TV! It's so inexpensive ($3 to $6 per digital piece). And remember… You don't need to have a Samsung picture frame TV to display art on your TVs. You can display digital art on any smart TV!

We incorporate all the colors and things we love from our home into our holiday decorating and it makes it feel like our style. Our cheery colorful mantel totally reflects that!

Check out all of more colorful Christmas mantel decorating ideas for all the inspiration you need! 

Christmas Mantel Decorating Ideas

Festive Pom-Pom Wreath by Annie Selke. I love a pom-pom wreath and this one is no exception! It looks so beautiful on this amazing mantel. (I made a pom pom wreath and I still love it so much!) 

Pink Christmas pom pom wreath and colorful mantel

DIY Holiday Light for the Mantel by Homemade by Carmona- How about a modern wood Christmas tree display for your mantel that lights up and changes colors?! I love this idea. It's perfect for those of us who want to include a colorful and unique holiday glow to our mantels.

Modern Christmas Village  by Arsenic Lace. Remember those Christmas villages that everyone's grandmother or mom had? This sweet little DIY village has a fun 50's vibe and it is SO perfect in front of the t-rex photo.

colorful retro Christmas village mantel

Boho Christmas Mantel by Hey Wanderer. This mantel is the perfect hippie-meets-holidays look! The layers of white with color dispersed throughout are perfect.

boho winter Christmas mantel with skull and stars

Simple Holiday Mantel by Rebecca Propes. This bright mantel is the perfect choice against the splashy floral wallpaper. It fits the colorful vibe of the decor while still feeling Christmasy!

turquoise and pink Christmas mantel with wood accents

Easy Christmas Mantel and Decor by The Handmade Home. This home has beautifully layered Christmas decor throughout. This colorful mantel is only the tip of the holiday iceberg! I am in love with her “It's a Wonderful Life” quote sign which she sells here.

colorful mantel with printable quote

Joy to the World Mantel by Tatertots & Jello. These handmade mini hoop wreaths are so cute. I love how she paired them with bottle brushes, Scandinavian houses and all the garlands!

mini hoop wreaths hanging over colorful mantel

DIY Colorful Christmas Village by Studio DIY. This affordable holiday DIY is actually pretty simple and looks so great on her colorful mantel! I love her bright colors but you can easily customize your colors to match your holiday style.

colorful DIY Christmas village

Whimsical and Frosty Mantel by Sugar & Cloth. The balance between color and frosty snow is perfect on this whimsical mantel. It isn't too musy but it still has fun pops and the trees look great withthe colorful books she leaves up all year.

snowy garland and bottle brush mantel

DIY Felt Stockings and Garland by Tell Love and Party. Don't have a mantel? Use a garland and coordinating DIY stockings to create the illusion of one over your fireplace.

DIY felt stockings and garland over fireplace

Bottle Brush Forrest and DIY Felted Stockings by Studio DIY. I love everything about this! Bottle brushes in all the colors, a felt ball garland and DIY'd stockings create a totally modern and fun mantel. Not to mention all that color really pops against the all white background!

felted stockings and bottle brush mantel

Rainbow Ornament Mantel by Martha Stewart. Giant colorful ornaments and a holiday message complete this simply perfect mantel and hearth! Add in beautifully wrapped gifts and enjoy it all season.

large rainbow ornaments on mantel

DIY Painted Christmas Village by PMQ for TWO. Combine this simple DIY with decor you already have–she used books and nutcrackers!

colorful mantel with painted house art and nutcrackers

White Christmas with Pops of Color by Country Living. The bright pops of color on the tree, gifts and the log ends are the perfect compliments to this white Christmas mantel!

ice skate stockings and cardboard reindeer bust with colorful chalked wood in fire place

Vintage Decorative Jars by Country Living. Looking for a more vintage feel to your decor this year? Repurpose jars and add simple garlands. The scarf on the furry friend adds a touch of fun!

vintage bottles and berry garland mantel with moose in scarf

DIY Paper Ornament Advent Calendar by Oh Happy Day. This DIY pulls double duty as both a super cute mantel decoration and an advent calendar hiding little treats! We love DIY advent calendars–they are so fun and make great decor.

DIY paper advent garland on mantel with colorful holly jolly art

DIY Wood Circle Garland by A Kailo Chic Life. Create your own colorful DIY garland with this tutorial. The awesome thing about this garland is that it's not holiday specific and can be used for birthdays, spring, or anytime you want to add a fun pop of color to your mantel!

DIY wood garland and colorful mantel

Peach and Green Christmas by Jacquelyn Clark. Sticking to one accent color palette and pairing it with beautiful natural elements creates an elegant mantel! The earthy tones of the peach let the greens really stand out and shine.

Christmas greenery with peach accents on mantel

Colorful Mantel by Dimples and Tangles. Jennifer creates Christmas decor that is 100% her style. Her colorful mantel has traditional decor mixed with whimsical pieces and it all works together beautifully! Don't be afraid to mix in perinnial decor that isn't holiday specific (like her ginger jars and pagoda lanterns) with more Christmasy garlands, bows and trees to make it really layered and interesting.

whimsical colorful Christmas mantel

Aren't these amazing! I am filled with the holiday spirit and so psyched to start decorating and these colorful mantels have totally inspired me. Lean into your style and let your Christmas mantels reflect what you love! I love my decor so much more now that it is all truly me. You will too!

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