Today I’m joining a few of my talented blogging friends for the Summer Seasonal Simplicity Series. It is all about summer mantel decorating ideas! If you have a fireplace mantel in your home, a sideboard or even a piano where you like to decorate the top for the changing seasons, you will enjoy these 15 doable and fresh DIY summer themed mantels ideas.
Now that we are in the summer season, it was time to change up my fireplace mantel to decorate it for summer. Last summer, I loved how I decorated my fireplace mantel and will use the large planter I made for it again someday.
This summer I wanted to see something new and different on the white mantel that is on a stone fireplace in my living room.
You may recall this mantel was repurposed. It was once the top to my dining room hutch that we no longer could use, so we took the top off and turned it into a mantel.
I had planned on doing something completely different on the mantel then what I ended up doing. When I realized what I planned, would look better in my foyer, I switched things up. So stay tuned for an upcoming post about what I made and did in my foyer.
For the mantel, I didn’t buy anything new to decorate it this year, but shopped my house to find decorative items in other rooms to use, as well as one large thing from my attic decor stash.
I went in search of neutral colored and green items.
I found a planter pot, candles, a wood beaded garland, tulips, a large basket and some greenery.
Arranging Decorative Items on the Mantel
To arrange the items in a stylish way, I tried to arrange the items across the mantel to keep a flow going. I used items with various heights, textures, colors and shapes to create interest.
I played around with the items until I like what I saw.
I was happy with how it looked in the above photo, but I felt the mantel needed more punch. I went on a search again to find something that would add it.
Up in my attic stash, I found what it needed in the way of a large glass cabinet door I had used once before on my mantel one Christmas.
It had been painted red, so I stripped it to the bare wood and then placed it on the mantel.
Summer Styled Fireplace Mantel
The stripped glass mullioned cabinet door gave all the items I placed on the mantel a cohesive look.
The beaded wood garland is usually in a large dough bowl on my sofa table. I was happy to find a new way to use it.
We don’t use the fireplace in the summer, so the garland will not be in the way. It adds an energy that I didn’t expect.
I was happy with my efforts and also that the mantel goes with my White & Woodsy decorating style.
Tips on What to Do With Your Fireplace in Summer
When I decorate the mantel for summer, I also remove the large black fireplace screen that covers the fireplace and store it in the hidden closet in the foyer.
In its place I put a basket filled with flowers or greenery.
Shop the Look
Other ideas on how to decorate a fireplace when it is not going to be used for the summer are:
- A collection of candles and candleholders.
- Large basket of real or faux flowers or greenery.
- Birch logs in a basket or simply stacked.
- Stacks of colorful bound books.
More Summer Mantel Decorating Ideas
Do you have a mantel to decorate in your home? If not, do you have a sofa table or a piano that can be decorated the same way a mantel is?
If so, play around with items you already own or even new items to style your mantel for the summer.
And be sure to check out how what my talented blogging friends decorated their mantels this year for summer by visiting the links under each of the images below.