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How I Decorated My Fireplace Mantel for Summer

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.

summer themed mantel using a white and green color scheme

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.

How to style a mantel for summer using neutral colors.

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

fireplace decorations on a mantel decorated for summer

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.

White and green summer themed mantel decor on a stone fireplace.

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

Side view of stone fireplace decorated for summer using a green and white as the color scheme.

The stripped glass mullioned cabinet door gave all the items I placed on the mantel a cohesive look.

3 large white-washed wood candle holders with white pillar candles decorating a fireplace mantel.

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.

3 large white-washed wood candle holders with white pillar candles decorating a fireplace mantel.

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.

White and green summer themed mantel decor on a stone fireplace.

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

White and green summer themed mantel decor on a stone fireplace.

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.

Farmhouse decorating ideas for summer

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Other ideas on how to decorate a fireplace when it is not going to be used for the summer are:

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.

This week I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends for the Summer Seasonal Simplicity Series! Today we are all sharing our summer mantel decor ideas with you. Be sure to check them all out by visiting the links under the images below.

The Happy Housie // A Pretty Life // Modern Glam // Cassie Bustamante

Rambling Renovators // In My Own Style // Finding Silver Pennies // Dans le Lakehouse

Craftberry Bush // Maison de Pax // She Gave it a Go // Hallstrom Home

Deeply Southern Home // My Sweet Savannah // Willow Street Interiors


Green and white decorating color scheme on a fireplace mantel decorated for summer.

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  1. Diane, really love the look of the mantle. Can you tell me what is on the floor in front of your fireplace?

    1. Hi Shelle – There is a slab of marble in a grey color in front of the fireplace. We didn’t add it, it was in the house when we bought it. We figure it was added in case a spark came out of the fireplace, it would die out on the marble.

      If you want to see a better photo of it, check out the photos in this post. https://bit.ly/2Wke3EB

  2. Looks so lovely Diane! I love neutrals and green for summer…it’s so fresh and pretty!

  3. Hi Diane, I really love your use of white vases, jugs etc…around your home. I have been searching for some around my area and love the results on my mantle too. I will keep shopping after Covid has finally gone. I just enjoy reading your blog each week. Thank You! Peggy

  4. Such a pretty look, Diane! That stripped window frame is the perfect backdrop!