These Farmhouse Mantel Decorating Ideas Will Instantly Make You Feel Cozy

Thanks to Chip and Joanna, farmhouse decor has never gotten so much airtime as it has over the last decade. Truth be told, we're fully on board. Between creamy soft neutrals, character-filled shiplap, rustic woods, and details peppered with industrial influence, there's a lot to love about farmhouse decor.

The best part, though, might just be how versatile it is. With just a few simple decor swaps, this style can fit just as seamlessly into a home that skews vintage as it can into into a home that feels more modern. Ahead, we're sharing seven of our favorite farmhouse mantel decorating ideas, whether you're currently occupying a contemporary ranch or a rustic country cabin.

1. Vintage Farmhouse Mantel Decorating Idea

Liz Marie hit a home run with this vintage-inspired style, including clusters of antique photographs and potted greenery for texture and a splash of subtle color. To recreate this look, mix large and small frames in various materials for height and balance.

2. Neutral Farmhouse Mantel Decorating Idea

Farmhouse decor is often based on a neutral palette, which Liz from Love Grows Wild fully embraces with this creamy white bedroom mantel. To copy this serene style, create an extra-tall arrangement of pampas grass as a complement to ceramic jugs and glass flower vases.

3. Rustic Farmhouse Mantel Decorating Idea

This rustic farmhouse look from Layla of The Lettered Cottage is effortlessly collected and relaxed, thanks to the casual placement of worn books, antler decor, and farmhouse pitchers. Get this look in your home by adding an oversize piece of vintage wooden art as a focal point. The brick fireplace surround and wooden mantel don't hurt either.

4. Fall Farmhouse Mantel Decorating Idea

This mantel decorating idea from Liesbeth incorporates fall colors with classic farmhouse style to create a subtle but effective autumnal tone. Copy the look by layering amber glass jars with wooden picture frames and fall greenery for a warm and welcoming vibe.

5. Holiday Farmhouse Mantel Decorating Idea

Thanks to a simple color palette, this farmhouse decor idea from Sara at Twelve on Main feels delightfully festive without being overwhelming. Get the look by loosely hanging cedar greenery and wrapping "presents" in kraft paper as decor atop the mantel. Simple, elegant, and casual: The hallmarks of farmhouse style.

6. Modern Farmhouse Mantel Decorating Idea

modern farmhouse mantel decorating idea in the living room with wood beams
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This modern farmhouse mantelscape comes from the queen of farmhouse design herself: Joanna Gaines. To create a similar vibe on your own mantel, style simple, sculptural plants in large glass vases alongside tapered candles. The end result will be warm and inviting, while maintaining a sleek and modern vibe.

7. Minimalist Farmhouse Mantel Decorating Idea

The shiplap accent wall against a concrete fireplace surround immediately lends a modern, minimalist farmhouse style in Ashley of Cherished Bliss's home. By adding an oversize basket tray as art, she was able to give the vignette a clear focal point while still adding an extra dose of warmth and texture. Plus, we love the way the greenish, slate hue of the shiplap plays off the lighter, woven threads of the basket.


Caitlin Brown

Caitlin Brown

Caitlin is the former social media manager and staff writer of TheEverygirl.com in Chicago, now working as a freelance writer from her laptop in New Zealand. She loves soulful, collected interior design that feels like a warm hug, English Breakfast tea, and trips to the theatre.