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How to Decorate A Fireplace Without A Mantle

Fireplace Without Mantle

When it comes to decorating ideas for your home, there are often very few limits on outcomes that enhance your living spaces. A home DIY makeover not only changes the appearance of your living spaces, but it can also breathe new energy into your home. However, if you have a fireplace that doesn’t have a mantle, decorating, even if it’s just for special occasions, it becomes a little more difficult.

Especially if you have a fireplace surrounded by living room decor. One of the best ways to overcome mantel decor as a fixture. Below are a few ways that MagikFlame suggests mantel decorating can be done without a mantel.

Fireplaces are often the focal point of the room that brings the whole room together with a few decor ideas. Below are a few ways on how to decorate a fireplace without a mantle that brings a centerpiece together and you’ll be proud to show off on a home tour, even if you don’t have any interior design experience.

Blank Canvas

With a fireplace without a mantle, you’re working with a blank canvas. A painter starts with a blank canvas, and a blogger starts with a blank page. A DIY project that someone eventually sells on Etsy has several possible outcomes before the creator eventually decides which direction to take.

While a blank canvas has near limitless potential, it’s also overwhelming as there’s nothing to start with except your own ideas which do not yet have form. The main question people have when starting a new project with a blank canvas is where to start.

Introduce Structure

The first step to decorating a fireplace that doesn’t have a mantle is to create a sense of structure. For authors, they give themselves structure by creating an outline that guides them from the beginning to the end of their story. If homeowners don’t first establish a sense of structure when decorating a fireplace without a mantle, they can throw off the visual balance of the area, or it looks too cluttered.

An easy way to create structure is to have a decorative piece you can use to create an outline of a mantle. Below are a few styling ideas to decorate for Christmas, the autumn holidays, and the summer months.


When decorating for Christmas or a different winter holiday celebrated at the same time, the first and most important step is to clear the space and create a blank canvas. While it might be easier to switch out pieces one at a time, this draws out the decorative process as you’re wondering exactly where something should go when that space is already occupied. A Christmas garland is an excellent way to break up space and to create a sense of structure. It not only creates a festive feel to the living room, but it also defines the area.

Candles are another great way to enhance the fireplace decor. While there’s a concern that even with a MagikFlame electric fireplace, melting candles and finding the appropriate distance from the heat source is key. If the candles start melting two feet away from the heat source, try placing the candle holders on either side of the fireplace opening until they stabilize.

For optimal safety and to make sure the candles don’t melt each other or create their own drafts, make sure they are at least three inches from each other. Done properly, there’s nothing that invokes a cozy scene more than a fire in the fireplace with unlit candles at a safe distance in front.


This is a time where we watch scary movies, search for thrills in haunted houses, and purposely bring fake bats into our living spaces. Halloween design ideas take over our homes until we switch out the theme for either Thanksgiving or the autumn season. An easy place to start decorating is starting with a faux mantle line, which works even if you have a faux fireplace. This mantle line can be anything from a string of bats or a garland made from mini gourds and pumpkins.

A garland that creates structure doesn’t have to be created from objects such as gourds or pumpkins, but a color scheme can be just as festive. While the main colors for Halloween are orange and black, you don’t have to stay with those colors. The complementary color for orange is blue, which isn’t normally a color associated with bats, witches, and pumpkins.

Other colors that pair well with orange are white, brown, purple, and green. If you want to have a Halloween theme with elements of nature, then the colors of green, brown, and orange are the best choices.

Leaves are another great way to decorate a stone fireplace or a faux fireplace. Autumn leaves naturally turn orange and brown when then they change colors. In some cases, they also become a brilliant red or even a bright yellow. In some instances, they become a dark reddish-purple.

While adding leaves to your outdoor decorations adds to the atmosphere, bringing leaves indoors is another great way to decorate a fireplace, especially a faux fireplace. Too many leaves overcrowd the area, bringing people’s attention away from the main focal point, while too few leaves make it feel as though something is missing.

Pumpkins are an iconic part of the mid-autumn holiday, and they don’t even have to be real. When decorating with pumpkins, the size of the pumpkins determines how close or how far to the built-in fireplace they should be. Since the fireplace opening itself is the focal point, if your pumpkins are bigger, they should be further away from the fireplace opening.

If they are smaller, or a stack of smaller, or mini pumpkins, the closer they can be to the fireplace opening. If you do carve your pumpkins, a few ways to make them last longer are to:

  • Rehydrate the pumpkin on a daily basis
  • Keep it in the fridge overnight
  • Don’t use real candles to illuminate the pumpkin’s interior

Signs are another great way to decorate for this holiday. These signs either warn readers of their impending doom, impart funny visual or textual puns, or even contain a poem appropriate for the theme. The easiest way to provide the proper signage to decorate the fireplace mantle is to purchase one. However, simply purchasing a sign just isn’t as fun as making your own.

If you’re handy and you have the proper tools, you can carve a sign into the shape you prefer. Once you do that, you can paint it to protect it against the outdoor weather conditions and to provide color. Once the sign has a base coat of paint, you can paint words, or carve out words in your sign.

Pinecones are a great decorative piece for not only Christmas but also the autumn months as well. For Halloween, you can create pinecone ghosts, pinecone witches, pinecone bats, or even pinecone pumpkins. Start by gently cleaning your pinecone to rid it of the debris before setting it out to dry. Once your pinecone is dry, either paint your pinecone or attach decorative items to your pinecone.

If the idea you have for your pinecone includes adding decorative items after you’ve painted them, it’s best to wait for the paint to dry. Decorative items you can add to your pinecone are sticks, felt hair, felt hats, googly eyes, yarn, and more.


Of course, you don’t have to have a lot of items to decorate your fireplace, you can even go the minimalism route. One such minimalist idea is to have a TV above the fireplace, at a height where it’s most comfortable to watch. If you have a working fireplace, you can relax in a chair or on the couch and watch television while enjoying a fire.

If you wish to alter the appearance of your fireplace, you can surround it with shiplap. Shiplap is a wooden board used in exterior siding for barns, sheds, and other outbuildings, but it’s also used indoors for ceilings and accent walls. If you follow national fire codes and national building codes, you can safely install them around your fireplace.

The National Fire Codes states that all combustible material must be a minimum of 6 inches from a fireplace opening. It also states that for every 1/8 inches of material that protrudes from the opening, you must add an extra inch of clearance.


The Scandinavian design is simple, understated, and easy to replicate. The design is a simple rectangle design that people can alter to suit their style. They can either leave some extra brick exposed, cover the area outside the fireplace in tile, or create a faux mantle.

Adding some topiary to your fireplace is also a great design idea. Topiary adds some color to your fireplace exterior, which you can easily add without putting holes in the exterior of your fireplace. If you have your favorite scented flowers or plants, you can add them above your fireplace so you enjoy your favorite scent and greenery.


Unless you live in a climate where the temperature is cold year-round, there are months where you won’t have to use your fireplace at all. Since you’re not using your fireplace in the summer anyway, you don’t have to worry about decorative items catching fire if you place them too close to the fireplace opening.

Summer is also a great time to add a bookcase on either side of your fireplace. It keeps your books nearby and you can use the shelves for collectibles that you don’t wish to place above or around the fireplace opening. When you place shelves next to your fireplace, be sure that the shelves do not touch the side of the fireplace to make sure the shelves aren’t overheated.

Decorating your home is a great DIY endeavor, and not having a fireplace mantel is simply a fun challenge to uncover. Whether you use candlesticks, greenery, or have some other ideas for your mantel décor for your chic fireplace, you make your home your own. There are many designs to choose from, whether it’s a brick fireplace or you prefer Century Modern.

If you purchased an electric DIY fireplace from MagikFlame, read over the MagikFlame outstanding electric fireplace buying guide as a tutorial to learn how to use your décor ideas safely. IF you follow fire codes and keep things away from fire, you should have no problem with your DIY fireplace decoration, even if you don’t have a fireplace mantel.

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