Summer is here and I have updated my mantel for the new season. I will show you my tips for decorating your mantel for summer with blue and white decor.
And be sure to check out all the posts linked below for more summer mantel decor inspiration!
Summer Mantel Decor
Do you update your mantel for each season? Since this area is the focal point of my living room, I like to give it a refresh for each season. Nothing major, but a seasonal update that can be done with items you already own. I will walk you through the process!
A few years ago I decorated my mantel using all of my chinoiserie pottery. You can see the full look here in this post: Spring Living Room Restyling.
How To Decorate your Mantel for Summer
The first step when updating your mantel decor for summer is start with a blank slate. Clear all items off the mantel and clean the mantelpiece. This is also a great time to touch up any paint that has chipped or needs any TLC.
Next, decide what colors you want to use for your decor. This year I decided to use blues. I am always drawn to these fresh summery colors this time of year. I love how the blue reminds me of the bright summer sky!
As you can see, it doesn’t take much to bring in the color you are wanting to reflect. I only have three items that are blue on my mantel. But it’s enough to give the space a new look.
You can also check out my Shelf Styling post for a step by step guide that is perfect for your mantel too!
Shop your home and gather together decor items that may work for your summer mantel. Bring in items that will add height, texture and interest. Place all the items nearby and sort them by color. You won’t use nearly all the items, but it’s good to have them on hand so you can play around and see what works and what doesn’t.
And think don’t be afraid to think outside the box! Here, I have used my chinoiserie champagne bucket as a planter. I simply placed the plant (still in its plastic pot) inside the bucket. When I water the plant I can take it out of the bucket and water in the kitchen sink. Easy and no long-term commitment!
Fireplace Mantel Decor Idea for Summer
The key to styling your fireplace mantel decor for summer is all about symmetry. You don’t want the look to be perfectly symmetrical. But rather, the look should be balanced on each side. If you have something tall on one side, try to balance it with something of similar size on the other side.
Here, I have my favorite mirror in the middle. On either side I have placed greenery. My champagne bucket filled with a Pothos Snow Queen plant on the right. And on the left I have a rattan wrapped bottle filled with a faux hydrangea stem and a stalk of fern for height. I also really like how the woven element is repeated in the bottle and in the handle of the bucket.
Because my champagne bucket is large and bold in color, I chose to use this bone inlaid rectangular box that repeats the blue and white theme on the left side of the mantel. I topped the box with a large crystal.
Don’t Be Afraid to Change it Up!
I love that you could easily switch up this summer mantel decor by swapping the greenery for fresh flowers when they are on hand. It is peony season after all! Whenever I have peonies in the house I make sure they are the star of the show and place them on the fireplace mantel.
The overall feel of this summer mantel decor is summery and fresh with a natural element to it. The crystal, rattan pieces and greenery keep things feeling organic and fun!
Feel free to leave me a message if you have any questions about decorating your mantel for summer! I’d love to hear from you!
Summer Mantel Decor Sources
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More Summer Mantel Decorating Ideas
Today I’m joined by a fabulous group of blogging friends who are also sharing their Summer Mantel or Vignette Styling Ideas as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Summer Series…
The Happy Housie // Shabbyfufu // Lolly Jane
Rooms FOR Rent // Modern Glam
The Turquoise Home // Taryn Whiteaker // The Handmade Home
Jenna Kate at Home // Zevy Joy
She Gave it a Go // Town and Country Living // Tatertots and Jello
Southern State of Mind // Tauni Everett
All Things With Purpose // This is Our Bliss // Setting For Four
Life is a Party // Sincerely, Marie Designs // Finding Silver Pennies
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Laura @ The Turquoise Home
I’m always down for blues and greens for summer. Love this, Ashley!
Thanks Laura! It seems appropriate for summer 😉
Oh yes…love to style and change up the mantel seasonally and this is all so pretty Ashley. Love the photo bomber Cavalier too!
Thank you Janet! Cav love 😉
Jennifer S. Hadfield
So gorgeous Ashley! I love the blue and white. I saved it to my summer board 🙂
Jennifer @ Town and Country Living
This room is pure gorgeousness all the way around! Is that a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel? Such a cutie pie!
I love all things blue and white! The peonies are so pretty and a great pop of colour. Have a great summer!
I love everything about your mantel. Really so beautiful. Those blues speak to my heart. xx
Ashley your home is just so gorgeous! I love the accent of blue and how it pops in your pretty home, xoxo!