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Fireplace Mantel Decor Ideas for Spring

by - Wednesday, March 06, 2019

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Spring is just around the corner. Can you feel it? Slowly, I'm transitioning the corners of our home from heavy and dark winter layers to bright and light textures. I've put together a simple spring mantel with touches of Easter to carry us through the next few weeks. Let me show you around and share a few tips on how to decorate a fireplace mantel for spring.

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I love this view of our living room from the kitchen. When I decorate our mantel, it's with this view in mind... I like having a fireplace vignette that draws you in and entices you.

Tip #1: Add something with height. Fill the full area above your mantel

The flat wall above a mantel provides an ideal spot to put artwork or a large mirror. I always start with deciding what goes in that spot first and then fill out all the other areas. Not only will a large object create a focal point but it does a good job of filling up the physical space. It's best to decorate with a few larger pieces than many smaller pieces, which can end up looking cluttered.


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Tip #2: Add in greenery and flowers

Fireplaces tend to have a lot of hard edges and textures. Tile surrounds and hearths are made of stone and the fireplace typically has straight lines and crisp architectural details. To soften the look, bring in greenery and flowers. 

In this display, I've stuck to just greenery using faux branches and a faux topiary. You can also use flowers and plants like I did in this Nautical Inspired Summer Mantel to bring in more colour. The glass jug and branches are new purchases but everything else was sourced from around my house. The branches were a steal from HomeSense at just $4 each - three people stopped me in the store asking where I got them. Now I regret not buying more, lol!

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Tip #3: Bring in colour and texture

A change of colours is a simple way to indicate a change of seasons. For my spring mantel, soft whites, pastel blues and yellows felt right. I've also added small little touches of Easter into this display. Just a few speckled eggs and a sweet bunny to give this mantel display some longevity as I don't plan to change it out again until the summer.

If you notice, I've stuck to three main textures - wood, glass, and greenery - and repeated them throughout the display. This helps give the mantel cohesion and all the accessories work together.

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The colour palette is also repeated around the room. The pillow is an older one from Tonic Living but the cheery hue still feels fresh and modern. Cherry blossoms are a sure sign of spring!


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Tip #4: Decorate in Threes 

The rule of decorating in groups of threes always works. An uneven number of objects brings harmony and creates a more pleasing display. It's also a good idea to use objects of varying heights. Here, you can see that I've used large, medium, and small accessories in each corner to create a display that is varied and interesting. 

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Tip #5: Balance and Symmetry 

This last tip is the most contentious. Generally, decor that is balanced and symmetrical is the most pleasing to the eye. You can see that I have used a very symmetrical arrangement on this mantel - three objects at varying heights on each side. The colours are similar and neither side feels too heavy or imbalanced.

However, decorating your mantel with an asymmetrical display can be just as beautiful. In this example, I used only two small and white objects on the mantel. That made the mirror really stand out. Play with balance and symmetry to emphasize or deemphasize parts of your display.

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Today I'm joined by a fabulous group of blogging friends who are also sharing their Spring Mantel or a Vignette in their home as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Spring Series! You're going to love all this springy inspiration...





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