Looking for some simple mantel decor ideas? Get 5 foolproof fireplace mantel decorating ideas for the perfect, easy combination!
I had such a great response to my post on 5 Simple Decorating Ideas for the Kitchen, that I decided to continue the concept… Starting with 5 simple decorating ideas for your fireplace mantel!
As a focal point of many living rooms, the mantel is such an important spot to define your style. It’s also an easy spot to change up for the seasons and so fun to decorate for Christmas and other holidays… You can see many other mantel decorating ideas here if you need more.
For today, I wanted to share some super simple formulas that can make a beautiful mantel decor for the spring or summer months, no matter what style decor you prefer. Something that is simple yet elegant and not holiday oriented.
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5 simple mantel decor ideas
If you followed our brick fireplace remodel in our living room a few years ago, then you know that we actually have a double sided fireplace with a wood mantel and built-in shelves, which makes for double the fun in mantel ideas! I only styled one side specifically to share these ideas with you, but I’ve mixed in a few views of our other side where it seemed helpful to give you even more fireplace mantel ideas and inspiration.
Here are my easy 5 ingredients for a beautiful, simple mantel.
Mirrors are always an easy focal point above a fireplace. I chose this simple round mirror for today’s post, but arched mirrors and rectangular mirrors are great options, as well!
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You can see a more unique convex mirror on the other side of my fireplace works well, too. Mirrors bring more light into your space and create an elegant, neutral mantel decor.
If you’d like something with a little more personality than a mirror, though (or maybe the reflection is a problem), then a piece of artwork is a great option. You can see a bunch of my favorite vintage art resources here.
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For this summer mantel, I found a few public domain pieces (which means they are not under any copyright) that had beach or water scenes, which complemented the brick of our fireplace surround and seemed appropriate for these warmer months.
Confession: I’m a bit of a house plant junkie. And mantels are one of the perfect places to display greenery, especially in the warmer months when you won’t be lighting the fire very often.
Or, better yet, consider using faux plants if you like. I’ve certainly done so!
If you’re feeling extra simple, then skip the plants and just layer a collection of pots and vases. Keeping a simple color palette but varying heights and textures draws the eye without overwhelming the space. Don’t worry about symmetry, just create an organic collection.
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And speaking of texture, baskets bring wonderful texture, and filling them with turkish towels lets them double as decor and storage.
During cooler months, I love to fill my mantels with candles, but I try to limit the number of candle holders on my mantel for warmer months.
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Still, a small trio of brass candlesticks pop against with fireplace without feeling too heavy.
The perfect formula for mantel decor
As an efficiency freak, I love the idea of finding helpful interior design “formulas,” if you will. Something to help you find a beautiful result without tons of work or money. So here’s my simple formula and tips for creating a simple mantel…
- Start with a large piece of art or mirror
- Add to it 1-2 of the following accents: plant, vases, candlesticks
Combining these items can also give a little asymmetric interest. If you have a hearth, balance an accent on one side of your large scale frame with accessories on the hearth on the opposite side.
More Fireplace Decorating Ideas
I hope you found these fireplace mantel decor ideas helpful today! And thanks to Krista at The Happy Housie, I actually have even more mantel decorating ideas for you. She’s rounded up a collection of bloggers who are sharing diy fireplace mantel ideas. Be sure to pin this for later and visit a few of these gorgeous posts below!