Four-Seasons Fireplace Mantel
A fireplace mantel takes center stage as the focal point of a room, and if you are lucky enough to have one, you possess endless options for switching up your décor throughout the year. This helps to set the mood and build anticipation for upcoming seasons and holidays.
If changing things up every few months feels stressful, you can keep a few primary elements in place and work around them. An expansive mirror hung above the mantel or propped against the wall can serve your decorating needs in all seasons. Consider a large clock that complements the surrounding décor in the room, either rustic wood, classic gold, or sleek black metal. A chalkboard adds a personal touch, allowing you to share messages or quotes on a revolving basis to include holiday sentiments, birthday celebrations, or special events and family news.
Whether your fireplace is real or faux, wood-burning or gas, allow the following suggestions to inspire you to put your own stamp on your mantel year round.
WINTER: THINK WHITE
In the midst of a busy and sometimes stressful Christmas season, an all-white color scheme feels soothing and peaceful. Ironstone pitchers, milk glass vases, and classic white dishes create a stunning landscape. Hang stockings made of recycled white sweaters and spray paint large pinecones with matte or glossy spray paint. A collection of snowmen will extend the winter vibe long after the holidays are over. If you crave a dash of color, insert some rattan chargers into the mix, or tuck a few sprigs of boxwood or evergreens into pitchers or vases.
SPRING: THINK FRESH
After a long and dreary winter season, a fresh landscape is a feast for the eyes. Purchase some simple pencil drawings of foliage and flowers, or draw your own if you have an artistic bent. Add potted succulents or a garland of magnolia leaves for a splash of greenery. Save an old bird’s nest and purchase some reproduction eggs to convey the promise of spring. Consider an assortment of mix-and-match wooden candlesticks with white candles to tie things together.
SUMMER: THINK ADVENTURE
Draw inspiration from mementos of past vacation adventures to set the tone for summer fun yet to come. Glass jars filled with seashells or sand, or a piece of found driftwood will fill the space nicely. A framed map of your favorite holiday location will spark conversation with family or guests. Clear or light-colored bottles, arranged in a row or cluster, will allow you to showcase your flowers as your gardens emerge and evolve during the summer months.
FALL: THINK VINTAGE
Vintage books or brown bottles will accent your “fall feels” perfectly. Architectural salvage, such as old windows or transoms, creates a one-of-a-kind backdrop. Pumpkins of varying size and color are an inexpensive addition; add texture and contrast by including a few pumpkins made of burlap or fabric. Craft a garland of your children’s back-to-school pictures by clipping them to a strand of jute with clothespins. Seeded eucalyptus or colorful fallen leaves add a warm touch.
Whether you prefer to simply vary the accents or completely transform your mantel, the change will be worth your efforts. The goal is to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for both family and guests, who will undoubtedly appreciate the extra touches, no matter the season.