In many homes, the fireplace serves as a focal point for the living space. As such, a well-decorated mantel can set the tone for your entire home. In just a few simple steps, you can decorate your fireplace for spring and have your home sets the stage for spring cheer.
Start with a light, neutral base.
It takes an assortment of objects to make a statement on your mantel. To avoid making that assortment look busy and overly chaotic, begin with a base of neutral objects. To strike a light, airy tone for spring, consider an assortment of vases, candlesticks or jars in a light, neutral color, such as white or cream.
Establish a focal point.
Another way to prevent your mantel décor from seeming overwhelming is to establish a focal point. Have a large object at the back of the mantel or hanging on the wall that will serve as an anchor to your overall mantel design. Mirrors, pictures, wreaths or antique window frames in light colors make the perfect base for a spring-time design.
The joy of spring is the emergence of green grass, plants, and flowers. Bringing those natural elements to your mantel will instantly strike a springy note. Consider filling vases with greenery, add a springy green or floral garland across the mantel or add small pots of spring flowers, such as tulips.
Accessorize with spring objects.
Once you have a base of neutral objects accented by greenery, you can start to add pops of color with spring-themed décor. For an Easter-themed mantel, you can add bunnies and painted eggs. For a mantel with a more general spring theme, you can add birds, butterflies, robin’s eggs or flowers in spring pastels.
Create texture with natural elements.
A great way to add depth and texture to your mantel design is to add natural elements. For spring, that could be birds’ nests, budding branches or spring décor accents made from light-colored wicker.
Keep it varied, but harmonious.
No matter what season you’re decorating your mantel for, there are some basics you’ll want to keep in mind to keep your design interesting but not overly busy. That includes having a neutral base and a focal point. It also means using objects in varying heights, sizes, shapes, materials and colors. To keep that from becoming chaotic, create a sense of symmetry by having objects of similar heights on opposite sides of the mantel, having a few stand-out objects, and sticking to a limited number of accent colors that complement, rather than compete with, one another.
Of course, a beautiful spring statement on your mantel begins with a beautiful fireplace. If your fireplace is due for a makeover, whether it’s a full overhaul or some new hearth accessories to rejuvenate your hearth, stop by one of FireSide Hearth & Home’s showrooms to see all of your fireplace and fireplace accessory options.