Decorating your mantel for Christmas when there’s a TV right above it doesn’t have to be problematic! With a few careful considerations and the right decorations, you’ll have a beautifully festive display.

How to decorate a Christmas mantel with a TV above it

Having our TV smack bang as the focal point in our living room is not ideal. But the layout of our front-to-back space isn’t conducive to having to having it anywhere else.

I love having it over our electric fireplace and DIY surround the vast majority of the time. It’s so cozy watching the glow of the fire while the TV is one! But it does pose some challenges when it comes to decorating the mantel for Christmas.

Modern and elegant Christmas mantel with garland
Christmas mantel decorations with faux garland beads and hanging stockings

How to Decorate A Fireplace Mantel With A TV Above

  • Focus on scale – flank the sides of the TV with one or two taller items and keep everything else low to the mantel
  • Garland is your best friend. Not only can it lay across your mantel but it can also drape across the front. Use faux and fill it in with real pieces to make the whole piece look realistic but last longer.
  • Weave string lights through the garland for that special twinkle
  • Hang stockings with stocking hangers or mantel clips.

Big displays and layered mirrors or artwork are clearly out. Instead, I like to focus on adding some height to sides of the TV as well as garland that drapes across the mantel and down.

This year I wanted to keep the color palette simple – lots of neutral tones, whites and of course some greenery.

I kept my favorite wooden hurricanes in place and flanked each one with different decorations.

Modern Christmas mantel decor ideas with garland

To the right of the TV, I placed the fun coastal-inspired macrame tree that I picked up at Hobby Lobby.

How to decorate a mantel for Christmas even when there's a TV over it

To the left of the TV, I kept it even simpler with just some minimalistic ceramic trees from Target and a pretty red bell that ties in with the pops of red in the Christmas tree.

Christmas mantel decorating ideas 2019

The greenery that drapes across the mantel is faux mistletoe with white berries and below that I draped some wooden beads to keep the neutral, coastal vibe that I love. Of course, no Christmas mantel is complete without stockings and these pom-pom ones were a great Target find this year!

Simple and easy Christmas mantel decor ideas

Other Christmas Decor That I Love…

Last year’s mantel had a more traditional vibe, with two nutcrackers flanking the tv, fresh garland and burgundy and cream stockings.

Christmas mantel decorating ideas with tv above it

And the year prior to that the year of flocking, gold, silver and a few rustic touches.

gold and silver Christmas mantel decor

2016 was very traditional, but I hadn’t quite learned the lesson of needing height on either side of the TV. Do you see how underwhelming it looks? The small red lanterns look lost next to that big black box of a TV!

Traditional Christmas mantel decor ideas

By following a few simple tips, you too will have a beautiful Christmas mantel…even with a TV hanging right above it!

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  1. Where did you find the wood beaded garland? Link doesn’t work 😥 thanks

  2. Hi Jenna, thanks for all your great decorating tips. Your mantle is beautiful year after year. Our tv and fireplace are the focal point of our room as well. I need all the decorating advice I can get:)

  3. Love all your decorating ideas Jenna; especially the valuable lessons regarding choosing paint colors!

    I personally dislike having a TV over the fireplace but I realize that especially in newer homes there are scant other choices. Perhaps you’ve already written about this, but if not could you please advise about best ways to decorate around a TV above the fireplace and around a TV that is placed on the wall, possibly above a console?
    Thank you!

  4. Thank you for sharing your decorating tips for decorating with a TV over the mantel. That is a common problem these days. Those new stockings from Target sure are cute!

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