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Summer Mantel Decor Ideas

Beautiful and fresh summer mantel decor ideas; 5 simple ways to decorate a mantel for summer.  


The most beloved season of so many. A time of warmth, sunshine, long days, and star filled nights. Time for relaxing outdoors, enjoying the beach or the lake, camping, watermelon, swimming and s’mores. SO many good things! We all crave fun and simplicity for summer, so I believe your seasonal home decor should reflect that. These simple summer mantel decors ideas are just the thing for a quick way to refresh your mantel decor with five simple additions.

It’s been unseasonably cold and rainy here this spring, so we are all looking forward to sunny and warm days ahead even more than usual. Since we aren’t really enjoying much early summer weather outside, I wanted to bring a bit of a summery feel to our living space. Even if it’s just to remind myself that it won’t be this cool and grey for much longer, and there will be some beach days ahead!

Since summer decorating is all about keeping it simple, just like summer living should be, and the summer mantel decor ideas that my friends and I are sharing with you today are all about Seasonal Simplicity. These articles are all full of quick and easy ways to add a summer feel to your home!

Summer Mantel Decor Ideas

Summer Seasonal Simplicity Series

As I mentioned, today I’ve joined some of my blogging friends for the second week of the Seasonal Simplicity Series: Summer Mantel Decor Ideas. Be sure to check out their beautiful ideas by visiting their articles. The links are listed right below the collage images in the bottom of today’s post.

DIY Faux Clay/Terracotta Textured Vases

I shared my DIY faux terracotta textured vases last week for the first week of this summer series. You can read more about it in this article: DIY Faux Clay Textured Vase (with Paint). 

Simple ways to decorate a summer mantel: 

1)Choose a fresh focal point

Whether the key piece on your mantel is a piece of art, a mirror, or a layering of these items; switching them up in some way is the perfect way to easily update the feel for a new season. I added a new painting to our Frame TV that features a vintage beach scene painting. This art piece that I purchased on Etsy totally set the tone and scheme for the rest of my summer mantel decor.

I love our Frame TV for the fact that we can display art on it. But even if you don’t have a Frame TV, there are several articles out there about how to display art even on a Smart TV. My friend Sarah, from Grace in My Space, shared a video about it on her Youtube channel here. 

2)Select a soft color palette

We often think of a classic summer palette as including a lot of blue, but it doesn’t have to. While blue reminds us of the beach, blue skies, and sunny days, there are lots of other palettes that can have a light and summery feel.

I’ve added in a bit of warm and light terracotta this season. It reminds me of aged terracotta pots overflowing with geraniums and has an old world, vintage summer feel. I shared my terracotta and green colour inspiration last week…

Via Fab Mood

3)Use lots of greenery or simple florals

Although summer is a season of blooms, I’ve often gravitated to the simplicity of using fresh looking (but ‘faux’) greenery in my summer vignettes. Green is a great colour for the start of summer, when everything feels so lush and alive. At least the start of summer feels lush and green around here, which is honestly part of the rainforest!

4)Add in some driftwood

Driftwood is quintessential summer in my mind, probably because of it’s close association with coastal decor. I’ve collected a few pretty pieces of the years on our lake beaches, and I love to bring it out to display it during the summer. The rustic, grey wood tones and texture are a nice balance to the greenery and florals on our mantel.

5)Layer in summer themed accessories

You don’t have to go overboard with a theme-y look to create a summer feel. I popped in some binoculars and a starfish along with my driftwood to give a slightly coastal feel to our mantel decor without it being overtly nautical.

There you go!

A few quick and easy ways to add a summery feel to your mantel and then move on to better things; enjoying the season!

And I’ve got more summer mantel decor ideas and tips to share… check out my friend’s summer mantel ideas, as well as my previous summer mantels for more!


Today kicks off the Seasonal Simplicity Summer Series! For the next several weeks we will all be sharing some fun summer DIY and decor ideas with you. You can visit all of these great summer Mantel decorating ideas by clicking on the links below the images.

The Happy Housie //  Grace in My Space // The Tattered Pew

She Gave it a Go //  Rambling Renovators // Tatertots and Jello

My Sweet Savannah // Joanna Anastasia // Willow Street Interiors // Zevy Joy

And I’ve shared some other Summer Mantel Decor Ideas in past years. Last year I shared our summer mantel, three different ways!

Summer Mantel Three Ways

In our previous Forest House I shared these summer mantel decor ideas…

Summer Mantel Decor

And in our Lake house I shared this summer mantel decor…

Beachy Summer Mantel Decor


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  1. Awesome post, I’m obsessed with this! Looks so fresh and fab! Thank you for sharing!

  2. So pretty Krista! I love the idea of incorporating binoculars, such an unexpected decor item that adds a ton of interest!

  3. Oh my goodness Krista, your mantel is so beautiful. I love that it kind of tells a story. The driftwood and binoculars are the perfect touch! Thanks for letting me join in the fun. I love these pretty summer ideas!


  4. Love the earthy look of your mantel Krista and how you’ve carried the greens and terracotta colours into your space.

  5. Krista,
    I love your beautiful mantel; it is the perfect warm and inviting look for summer!
    Thank you for sharing such lovely ideas-pinned. And, it’s always a joy being on these blog hops with you.

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