Written on June 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm , by Kate
I was swapping out a few accessories on the mantel over the weekend, and got to thinking about all the different ways there are to style a mantel in the summer when the fireplace is not in use.
When we’re not using it in summertime for its warming purpose, it’s still fun to accessorize the fireplace mantel to fit the style of your home. Here are a few ideas from the galleries sure to inspire your summer decorating!
Mirror Mirror on the Wall. Mirrors continue to be one of the most popular choices for above the mantel, they play along well with the focal point philosophy and bounce light around the room. Partner them with candlesticks, and vases or urns filled with summer blooms.
Be Artistic. A large scale piece of art, be it an abstract or landscape, sets the tone for a space. Play off the color cues with accessories layered around the room (think vases, throw blankets, or shapely ceramics.)
Layer Framed Photographs. Images of friends, family members, or special travel snapshots personalize a home. Choose frames in various sizes to layer across the mantel in an asymmetrical pattern for interest.
A Dash of Whimsy. Play with unique prints, quirky finds, and organic objects from nature for a creative approach and a dose of the unexpected.
Fill the Firebox. When not in use, get creative with firebox inserts. Use branches, shells, or a big bucket of fresh florals to fill the space, or a shelving insert for display.
Simplify. Avoid complicated arrangements and stick with the basics such as the easy combination of framed prints and vases of flowers.
Summer is that easy breezy season when decorating combines comfort and casual style. White is an iconic choice for slipcovers and accessories around the house.
Or style your mantel in the simplest way possible, with a medley of blooms gathered in vases of different heights and styles – it’s a no fail solution guaranteed to showcase the best of summer.
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