How To Decorate a Christmas Mantel With a TV Above It

Have a TV over your fireplace and need help making it look good for Christmas? Learn some ways to decorate a Christmas mantel with a TV above it.

How To Decorate a Christmas Mantel With a TV Above It | Have a TV over your fireplace and need help making it look good for Christmas? Learn some ways to decorate a Christmas mantel with a TV above it.

One of the things that I wanted when I bought my house was a fireplace.  So I was very happy when I got one, even if I did have to build a mantel (you can see that project HERE)

I didn’t even mind the fact that it came with a designated space over the fire place where the TV was supposed to go.  Although I love the idea of having a beautiful mirror or picture over the fireplace, having the television there instead works very well in my house (it’s open concept so there aren’t a lot of walls to put a TV on)…and having the television out in the open doesn’t really bother me (if you are someone who would prefer not to see it, you can find some ideas for hiding the TV HERE).

The only time of year when I really don’t like this set up, is Christmas.  I love to decorate the mantel for Christmas, and having to work around the TV is a little (ok..more than a little) awkward.  So I am always on the look out for good ideas on how to handle this and (since I’m sure I’m not the only person with this dilemma) I thought I would share what I’ve found.

So keep reading to find some ways to decorate a Christmas mantel with a TV above the fireplace.

Swag A Long Garland Over The Mantel

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This beautiful Christmas garland over the fireplace mantel commands your attention so you don't notice the TV above it, via reginagust.com | How To Decorate a Christmas Mantel With a TV Above It
This beautiful Christmas garland over the fireplace mantel commands your attention so you don’t notice the TV above it, via reginagust.com

This very large, absolutely beautiful garland by Regina Gust immediately draws your attention to it…which keeps you from really noticing the TV above it.  I just love all of the details she has in this garland!  (She has a lot of really pretty Christmas decor on her website so be sure to take a look if you want some inspiration!)

A note from experience….If you still want to use your remote for the TV, you will need to make sure that the garland does not cover the bottom of the TV where the remote sensor is (not a problem in this case since the TV is hung fairly high over the mantel).

Decorate In Front of the Fireplace

How To Decorate a Christmas Mantel With a TV Above It

For my blue and white Christmas home tour, I created this large garland with ornaments hanging down in front of the fireplace to direct your eye downward and away from the TV above.

Adding the poinsettia, reindeer and garden stool creates even more distraction.

You can find the step by step instructions for making this garland HERE.

A garland with large ornaments hanging down draws your attention down to the Christmas decorations in front of the fireplace (via alveo.co) | How To Decorate a Christmas Mantel With a TV Above It
A garland with large ornaments hanging down draws your attention down to the Christmas decorations in front of the fireplace (via alveo.co)

This Christmas mantel from alveo.co did something similar with an evergreen garland and has large ornaments hanging down.  They added the small Christmas trees and JOY sign to keep your interest on the fireplace, and away from the TV.

I have also done this by using white feather boas as a garland with some poinsettia ornaments as a focal point.

The bright red and white Christmas color scheme distracts from the TV above.

Position Tall Decorations Beside The TV

Taller Christmas decorations on either side of the TV help to incorporate it into the design via niagaranovice.blogspot.com | How To Decorate a Christmas Mantel With a TV Above It
Taller Christmas decorations on either side of the TV help to incorporate it into the design via niagaranovice.blogspot.com

Another way to decorate a Christmas mantel is to use tall decor on either side of the TV like this collection of nutcrackers and evergreens from Color Outside The Lines.  This way the TV is framed by the evergreens and looks like it is supposed to be there.

My note from experience…this works best if you have a wide mantel so that your decorations build up gradually up to the taller height.  In my case, the mantel isn’t much wider than the TV, and I think tall decorations on either side just emphasize that the TV is there.

Use The TV as a Backdrop

Fireplace mantel with built-in storage (via ana-white.com) | How To Decorate a Christmas Mantel With a TV Above It
Fireplace mantel with built-in storage (via ana-white.com)

If you don’t mind blocking part of the TV screen, you can use it to make your Christmas mantel decorations stand out.  The white Christmas trees on this fireplace mantel from ana-white.com really pop in front of the black TV screen.  Without it, they would blend right into the wall color.  All of the other nature-inspired decor helps to pull the whole scene together.

The other great thing about this mantel?  It has built in storage!  Get the DIY instructions at ana-white.com.

Distract With Lots of Color

Peacock inspired tree and mantel | Have a TV over your fireplace and need help making it look good for Christmas? Learn some ways to decorate a Christmas mantel with a TV above it.

I used some really colorful decorations to make my peacock-inspired Christmas tree a couple of years ago.  Repeating those same colors in the bottle brush trees across the mantel and in the stockings keeps your attention off the TV.

Distract from the TV with lots of color | Have a TV over your fireplace and need help making it look good for Christmas? Learn some ways to decorate a Christmas mantel with a TV above it.

Since it worked so well then, I tried it again with my blue and white Christmas decor

Repeat Small Decor Across The Mantel

Repeat small decorations across the mantel | How To Decorate a Christmas Mantel With a TV Above It
Repeat small decorations across the mantel

This is obvious…but when you have a TV above the mantel there isn’t room to have large decorations.

To make it look like a cohesive scene, repeat small decorations across the mantel like these repeating candles (you can find the DIY project to make the candle holders HERE).

It’s also a great place to use one of my favorite non-traditional Christmas decorations…white feather boa*.  The feathers are airy enough that the remote control works right through them…perfect for under the TV! If you’ve seen my easy Christmas decorating ideas, you know that this is one of my favorite inexpensive ways to decorate for Christmas!

Bottle Brush Trees
Bottle Brush Trees

I did this one year with the mini bottle brush trees*…a really inexpensive way to get repeating decor in pretty much any color you want!

Go Non-Traditional

A non traditional Christmas garland over the fireplace (and TV), via reginagust.com | How To Decorate a Christmas Mantel With a TV Above It
A non traditional Christmas garland over the fireplace (and TV), via reginagust.com

This is another Christmas fireplace design from reginagust.com, and while this home doesn’t have a mantel, the idea of swagging a garland over the top of the TV would work either way.  This is a non-traditional way of using a Christmas garland, but I think it works really well in this contemporary home!

Hopefully you have found some ideas for decorating a Christmas mantel even if there is a TV above it…it is possible to make it look good!

Put Up Trees On Both Sides

Putting up trees on both sides of the fireplace will help to draw attention away from the TV.

I like to use these trees in urns because they take up less space and don’t require as many ornaments as a full-size tree.

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