Even for those who have outgrown the belief that Santa Claus comes down the chimney and climbs out of the fireplace, the mantel is still the center of holiday décor in many homes. That’s very true of the modern rooms and vignettes dressed up in their chic holiday attire that provide us with mantel holiday decor ideas galore.  We love to see all the clever and beautiful ways stylists, interior designers, homeowners and apartment dwellers dream up to add a holiday look around the fireplace. How do you decorate your modern mantel?

A classic white fireplace mantel goes modern in black, white and silver. A long, lighted garland is draped across the mantel while a ribbon swag with silver glass ornaments spells out “Merry Christmas.”

Who knew a mantel decorated with a single smoky blue goblet could speak of the holidays? With a little assist from wire globes covered in strings of tiny lights and large white paper balls, that’s exactly what’s happening here. We would love to know more about that single green gazing ball.

Ever-popular turquoise is beautiful with silver in this chic setting. Add peacock wreaths and for some, you have the ultimate modern mantel.

Turquoise, lime green and silver ornaments are strung together to create a gorgeous swag across the entire width of this white mantel. How stylish does that cardboard “reindeer” look in a turquoise satin muffler?

With a brilliant green color palette that’s trending this year, this modern mantel vignette is stylish and visually appealing. We love the layering of tall candlesticks and sunburst mirror against the painting’s foamy ocean waves.

Simply beautiful, this white mantel is decorated with silver and gold touches. How cool are the lighted DIY signs? Pretty “mercury glass” tree ornaments and velvet stockings hang from the mantel.

We love this clever idea. For those who do not have a mantel to decorate, no worries--just create the illusion of a modern fireplace. Here a lovely wood console table is magically transformed into a mantel above a cool “fireplace” with golden deer inside. Furthering the illusion, flameless candles, evergreen sprigs and silver glass ornaments are reflected in the massive mirror above.

A super-narrow mantel looks stunning with a row of candlesticks behind a heavy swag of abundant greenery. This modern space is all set for dessert after a cozy Christmas dinner for two beside an elegantly trimmed tree.

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