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7 fireplace decor ideas for Christmas

November 11, 2021

Is there anything more festive than sitting in front of a roaring fire? If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace, then make the most out of the opportunity to decorate it for Christmas. Here, the Good Homes team shares seven magical Christmas fireplace decor ideas…

1. Winter Solstice

For a truly warm, shimmering celebration of Christmas, work moody hues like inky blues and deep greens in with shimmering golds, coppers and warm white lights. A real open fire might be a bit of a stretch, but a wood burner or multi-fuel stove from the likes of Charnwood will add heat and ambience. For more on this look, check out the Good Homes Winter Solstice roomset at Ideal Home Show Christmas.

winter solstice christmas decorations ideas for fireplaces

Felt mushroom decoration, £12; large tapestry heron, £150; copper bauble garland, £35; 240 Fire Cracker lights with copper wire in pure white static, £30; Unlit Blue Brunswick 7ft tree, £229; Copper River Baubles, £10 for 20. All from John Lewis

2. Nature’s Bounty

Bringing trees indoors to celebrate Christmas is a tradition dating back thousands of years, when Pagans and Devout Christians would decorate their homes with tree branches to mark the winter solstice. So why not take it back to basics this year and decorate your mantlepiece with branches of Nordmann or Douglas fir? Take the eco approach and scoop up any fallen branches from your local garden centre, then decorate with baubles and lights. If you want to take it one-step further and give your living room a lick of paint, consider a soft shade of green like Crafted by Crown’s Luxurious Flat Matt Emulsion in Family Tree.

natural looking artificial christmas tree from habitat

6ft natural-look green tree, £80; 480 multifunctional LED cluster lights, £25; mini mercury traditional glass baubles, £15 for 20; gold beaded shaker baubles, £5 for 12; jewelled flower decorations, £6 for nine; gold pine cone decorations, £4 for 12; red, gold and traditional baubles, all £8 for 48; large gold star, £14, all Habitat.

3. Luxe Vibe

If you like all your Christmas things bright and beautiful, try making your own mantlepiece tapestry, like this fantastical number made up of pieces from Dobbies Garden Centre (see photo caption for details). This extroverted look would work well with the Good Homes Winter Solstice roomset, which is all bright teals and neon pinks with pops of orange, yellow and kitsch artwork – check it out at the Ideal Home Show Christmas. And if you truly want to create a space that turns heads, consider a bold, fun flooring option like Amtico’s Decor Echo.

dobbies fireplace decor idea luxe vibe

This mantlepiece tapestry is made of pieces from Dobbies Garden Centre: pastel plume stem, £12.99; lambs ear spray in dusty pink and grey green, £6.99 each; eucalyptus antique spray, £8.99; three monstera gold spray stems, £9.99; metallic eucalyptus stem, £5.99; Juliet burgundy dahlia, £5.99; blush peony in fuchsia, £7.99; collection of festive bazaar baubles. All from Dobbies

4. Enchanted Forest

Make your fireplace a real talking point by hanging a festive wreath above it. Displaying a wreath in the centre of your fireplace has a similar effect as hanging a mirror above it – it creates a statement and anchors the entire room. Keep the rest of your lighting soft, and consider natural materials like raffia. The Ridotti floor lamp in raffia and burnished brass from Lights & Lamps would be perfect for this. For more on a more natural-looking Christmas decor scheme, check out Good Homes’ Relaxed Japandi roomset at Ideal Home Show Christmas.

natural fireplace decor ideas for Christmas

60cm Acorn Christmas Wreath with lights, £74.99; Gold Osby Star Window Lights, £13.99-£19.99; 16 Gold Filigree Star Fairy Lights, £15.99; 1.5m Acorn Christmas Garland Micro Light Bundle, £39.99. All from Photo: Oliver Perrott

5. Opal Blush

Elevate a pale pink and white palette by introducing accent shades of ice blue, mint green and a scattering of metallics, embellishments and pearlescent finishes. Add soft textures like sheepskin, pampas grass and hanging paper lanterns to add warmth to this wintery look. For more on this look, check out Good Homes’ Opal Blush roomset at Ideal Home Show Christmas.

Amara Christmas decorations in pink and frosty pastels

Snowy spruce Norway 7ft artificial tree, £395; set of three ivory vintage trees, £105; and all other accessories and Christmas decorations from a selection at Amara

6. Toy Town

Adding festive figures like nutcrackers is a great way to dress a fireless fireplace. Stack beautifully wrapped presents next to it to create a beautiful gift tree, and add a garland or plants adorned with fairy lights to the mantelpiece. If a plain old wreath won’t do, try a light-up snowflake or star.

Poundland Christmas decorations

Light Up Snowflake, £5; wrapping paper, small tree, tinsel, bauble packs, ribbon and bow packs, wooden letters, all £1 each; bauble wreath £5, large nutcrackers, £4; small nutcrackers, £1. All from Poundland

7. Rainbow Bright

One of the biggest Christmas styling trends this year has to be honeycomb decorations. Just look at this incredible look from The Conscious A fireplace is the perfect place to put these – if you use your fire, simply stack them at the sides of your fireplace well out of reach from the naked flame.

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Photo: The Conscious