Today I have lots and lots of spring mantel decorating ideas that are very doable and very full of springtime beauty! If you don’t have a mantel you can incorporate these ideas on a buffet, table or any flat surface! Let’s decorate a spring mantel to get noticed!
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Welcome to the SPRING EDITION of STYLED + SET! For the next few weeks, my very talented friends and I will be sharing all kinds of pretty spring decor ideas and spring DIY’S! I’m so excited to be part of this huge SPRING CELEBRATION!!!!!
A huge, big thank you to my dear friend, Lory at Designthusiam. She organizes us and gets all the codeS together (so we can all share on everyone’s blog post) and is just so generally wonderful! Please stop by her blog at the bottom and thank her!
There is a TON of info and ideas and good decorating tips about creating a gorgeous spring mantel today. Make sure you read it all!!!!
Let’s style a GORGEOUS spring mantel!
I think the best way to start decorating is to get inspired first! Take time to enjoy all the pretty ideas from the talented bloggers below!
You will get so so many ideas that will work in your home and many ideas you probably have never thought of too! Bloggers work HARD to bring their very best ideas to you!
Or head over to Pinterest or Instagram and search for ideas there!
Do a little creative daydreaming!!! Don’t skip this step! You will be so happy you followed my suggestion!
KNOW YOUR SPRING INVENTORY
The next thing to do is to know what you have that would look pretty on a spring-inspired mantel.
I have a stash of decor down in the basement and that’s where I head when it’s time to do some decorating!
No matter how big or small your “stash” it is important to know what you have and use it! It’s always so fun when you can decorate with what you have. Oh, I love that!
Here are some things you might already have that will help you decorate your spring mantel…
- faux flowers or plants
- moss balls
- candle holders and candles
- a cloche
- cake stands
- narrow baskets
- figurines like rabbits or birds
- spring wreaths
- spring inspired pictures
- empty picture frames
- glass bottles and jugs
- burlap or painted books
As much as I love using what I have, because of the nature of what I do I try to show you updated, on-trend decor. So if I want to update what I have it is usually accessories! These things that don’t cost a whole lot but bring a fresh, fun and new perspective to my home!
Each season I peruse my favorite online haunts and pick up a few new things that will work with my decor. And I shop sales!!!!!!
This year I got a few extra things because our new home has really dictated a change in my style. Not a big change, but enough that I needed a few new springy things to add to my collection.
I’d love you to comment and let us know what’s in your spring stash and give us a few spring mantel decorating ideas too!
REMEMBER BIGGER IS BETTER AND LESS IS MORE
I really believe in this decorating mantra! Say it with me, friends…
BIGGER IS BETTER AND LESS IS MORE
Yes, now say it over and over and put this concept into action when you decorate your spring mantel!
I think one big mistake home decorators make is trying to fill up the mantel from side to side! That will guarantee a confused, cluttered look!
Try grouping items you are decorating with instead of spreading them out. Think about balance when decorating a mantel!
This post THE ELEMENTS OF DECOR… BALANCE will explain why balance, symmetry, asymmetry, and tension are so very important no matter what you decorate in your home.
It’s really worth taking the time to read!
No matter what you put on your spring mantel make sure you keep it simple, have space on your mantel that is not decorated and keep items balanced!
CHOOSE A SPRING INSPIRED THEME
Choosing a theme or a repeated element for a spring mantel is a good idea! It will help to tie things together across that l-o-n-g stretch of space we call a mantel!
But right off I’m sounding a bit of an alarm. It’s to be cautious! Don’t get too crazy with a theme! Just a hint of nests or bunnies or eggs or flowers will do. Too much is just that, too much! Use a curated hand!
The theme for this year’s mantel is SPRING FERNS. I took a cue from the large, dramatic fern prints above the mantel.
The fern prints came from a local shop. I know they are from 3R Studio and am looking for an online source for you. They were VERY REASONABLY PRICED so I’m on the hunt so you can see them online too. I’ll let you all know where to get them as soon as I know. Thanks, for being patient!
FERN PRINT UPDATE:
I found the fern prints on Hayneedle. That is the good news! However, they out of stock right now. You can see them HERE and check to see when they will be back in stock.
I also found these adorable faux soapstone rabbits at a local shop and thought they would add a little bit of a spring feel to the mantel too.
I’m not a fan of cutsie decor, so they had to be very handsome rabbits!
CHOOSE A COLOR PALETTE
One of the best spring mantel decorating ideas I can give you is to choose a color palette! And keep it tight! Don’t leave your spring mantel colors up to chance. Be very deliberate! It will pay off!
If you love spring pastels go with a couple soft hues that are complementary colors and no the whole rainbow.
If you love a neutral color palette go a little warmer to reflect the sunlight and warmth of the season.
For our spring-inspired mantel, I went a bit darker. So uncharacteristic of me! I played off our new fern pictures and chose a black, blond, green and white color palette.
I used Canva Color Palette Generator to create a color palette for this spring mantel. Pretty much spot on!
I’m finding it so much fun to stretch my decorating chops with our new home!
REPEAT ELEMENTS IN A SPRING MANTEL
There is a whole lot of surface to think about when decorating a mantel!
Repeating elements is an important way to make anything you decorate look put together and cohesive. Especially true when it comes to a mantel
On our mantel, I used these repeated elements…
- magic of three
See how THE RULE OF THREE is decorating gold! This wonderful, magical decorating rule can transform your spring mantel!
Can you see how many things I used in groups of three? Look for more than just items. How about heights, textures and more!
DECORATE, REDECORATE AND PLAY
It’s important to approach decorating a spring mantel (or anything really) with an attitude of creativity and discovery!
Gather all kinds of things you might think will work to create a pretty mantel and then go about arranging and rearranging your mantel.
You can see I brought up lots of options from the basement. It’s all about options, friend!
Take the time to play! Enjoy the process. Play inspiring music and fill the air with a great spring diffused scent or candles! Fill your senses with spring!
Here are snippets of some of the spring mantel combinations I came up with…
With the items brought up from the basement and the new ferns and rabbits, I styled four mantels. And I could have created even more if I had the time!
It’s all about having lots of options in front of you and the handy guidelines above!
Remember to keep on editing, adding, redecorating and reworking your mantel until you are mostly pleased with it. Then try editing one more thing. Most of us embellish too much! Boy am I guilty of this! Take away just one thing and see if that makes a difference for the good!
Then go away and don’t look at your mantel for a few hours. Make soup, read magazines, fold laundry, clean the garage, go to work, take a nap!
Come back later and give it a good look with a critical eye. Don’t be critical, but have an eye that is ready to pick up what you love and don’t about your mantel!
Then play again. Edit, add and keep working on your mantel. You will know when it is right!
Another very helpful thing to do is to take a picture of your spring mantel. It will tell you what your naked eye sometimes cannot see!
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN
I’ve given you my very best spring mantel decorating ideas and I hope you will use them to create a pretty mantel or flat surface you will love all spring long!
Remember to share your ideas with us. We would love to hear from you!
Here are a few pretty spring mantel things you might like…
Please be sure to visit all of the spring mantel and vignette posts below: