We are absolutely sure that your mantel looks stunning. We love mantels, and it shows. But you can do more with your mantel, and keep your visual idea of that area of your home very much refreshed and alive by decorating the mantel area based on the season! Read on to find out some of our favorite trends and themes based on the time of the year.
Winter Is Here!
Decorating your mantel for winter is something that perhaps is a bit more important than other seasons. Why, you ask? Because we tend to spend a lot more time inside in winter, and mantel means fireplace. We would bet that you spend quite a bit more time around that fireplace in winter than the other seasons. That being said, the watchword here is “cozy”. A winter fire implies coziness and warmth, and that’s exactly what many want their mantel themes to be, is cozy. White and off-white colors, winter tree accents such as sprigs of pine trees and pine cones, and real wood accessories all go well in the wintertime. Some darkened bronze items might go well with the other items, especially if you decide to put a stack (or a few!) of old books, turned around so the paper edges are facing the room. Try not to use bright or over-saturated colors, these shock the eye a bit, and will look a little bit jarring with your theme. If you are going to use colors, try to go for more pastels, and in a darker palette.
Spring is Around the Corner
Spring: the season of renewal and life beginning again. Show off that mantel area by bringing a splash of new life into the room! The vast majority of the themes we have come across somehow have to do with having flowers on the mantel. Whether they are white or multicolored, this is the season where people are expecting to begin to see those amazing colors again. Tying your mantelpiece theme to your room, for example having the same type of flowers on top of the mantel and a coffee table in the middle of the room can be an excellent way to tie everything together. If flowers aren’t your thing, think about perhaps having herbs growing in pots. You can also get along very well with pastel (not super bright!) colored eggs as a theme. The Easter bunny makes an appearance on many mantels!
Summer is the time for warmth and sunshine outside, for adventure and excitement. This is the time for those bright colors which you have wondered about. Bold colors which match the room you are in are perfectly acceptable, even encouraged. A beach or sailing theme can go over very well on your mantel. After all, that mantel top is a showcase for ideas, so bring a bit of vacation into your room! Flowers can again go well on the mantel during this season, but brighter colors and not pastels. Small to medium sized decorations go great and give you something to look at. A bit of clutter is okay; it can make the area interesting! Try to use no more than 3 bright colors with one main theme color, otherwise, it can begin to look a bit garish. Sticking closer to the blue and red color themes is the current trend.
Fall is All
We love Fall. The time when those fireplaces will begin to light up again… when a mug of cider and a warm hearth can be a great social event. Let the bold colors come! This is when bright and bold colors get their due. Oranges and yellows are normally featured prominently in Autumn themes, but any color is acceptable. Here, as you would guess, many themes incorporate pumpkins and bright tree leaves. Similarly colored flowers can be a great accent here. Interestingly, many people don’t incorporate candles into Fall themes. One reason for this is that perhaps since these themes tend to have a lot of leaves, branches and generally flammable items, it’s probably a smart idea to forego that particular decoration! Fall has a couple of great holidays as well, including Halloween and Thanksgiving, so switching up the theme a few times isn’t out of the question at all! Some people even build their themes as the season progresses, for example, getting pumpkins when they ripen or leaves as they turn. Perhaps more than any other season, this season is all about making a theme from scratch, rather than buying all your decorations. This is also a great way to beat the onset of the winter blues, in both adults and children. A family “decorate the mantel day’ is a great way to have fun when it gets too nippy outside!
Show Us What You’ve Got!
We love mantels, as we said, and we love it when people share their ideas about decorating them with us. Go ahead and send us a picture (or more than one!) of a mantel theme you have created or replicated in the past! Good luck with your seasonal mantel themes! Any and all images can be sent to [email protected]