BHG Centsational Style

summer decorating

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.

 

summer blooms on mantel bhg

 

mirror and urn bhg

 

simple mantel and mirror bhg

 

trumeau on mantel bhg

 

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.)

abstract art on mantel bhg

 art above mantel bhg

 

art over mantel bhg

 

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Coastal inspired spaces are incredibly popular because of the light and bright approach to decorating, with pale sand and sea inspired palettes that dictate the design choices.

This week I’m taking a much anticipated vacation at the beach where one cannot escape the beauty of the ocean and the serenity the sight and sound of it brings. I rounded up some soothing spaces to share this week with a few tips on incorporating a coastal style and bringing the feeling of the beach indoors. 

An easy way to incorporate a breezy and coastal inspired style is to choose light or white furnishings, or include stylish slipcovered sofas and chairs. Add contrast and texture with a coffee table made of rustic or weathered wood to complete the look.

beachy family room

 

coastal inspired living room

 

Pale tans and taupes on walls, curtains, or furniture repeat the color of sand and provide a soothing neutral backdrop that allows you change out accessories with the seasons. 

sand colors in living room

 

Watery blues pair perfectly with sandy tones, and choosing a bamboo woven shade adds another layer of texture reminiscent of tropical destinations. 

beach colors in bedroom

 

Nautical inspired fabrics in stripes or coastal motifs bring the beach indoors by adding classic or playful patterns. 

nautical fabrics

 

Shells and coral are sculptural and textural accents that are perfect for displaying on bookshelves or console tables.  

beach accents

 

sea colors coral accents

 

Accent pieces with distressed paint treatments bring a weathered and worn look as if they’ve been sitting in the sun or have recently washed ashore. 

tropical teal sofa

   

Beach inspired decorating can be done in smaller or subtle ways by placing your coastal finds on display, such as this driftwood and shell mobile, or perhaps more simply and casually with starfish and smooth stones placed on a shelf or mantel. 

driftwood mobiles

 

beach treasures

 

How do you layer your home with coastal inspired furnishings or finds? 

 

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