Spring Mantle Ideas

Mantles. What a great vehicle for decor. Especially seasonal decor.

They ROCK.

Here are some visuals to get your juices flowin’.

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Now, if you don’t have a fireplace/mantle in your home and are crying at this point because you want one…well, stop crying. There is hope.
Lowe’s has fireplace surrounds and mantles that are already primed. You just buy, paint and install. Voila! Instant mantle.
Or, I am sure you could build your own custom mantle. Since math and I are enemies, this would not be an option for me.
I have also seen some beautiful, shabby mantles at local antique stores. So, why not take a look around?

I think this is my favorite. Sigh.

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Here is my mantle. I think I need to make some tweaks however, by adding another large piece or by hanging the window a bit higher on the wall. I think this would aide in drawing the eye up, therefore making the room feel larger.

I apologize for the dark photos…that is what happens when you wake up early on a Saturday morning and decide to snap some photos before you have had any coffee.

Do you have a mantle? If so, send me a photo & I will post it!
If you don’t have a mantle, what other forms does your decorating take on?

Thanks for stopping by friends!

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  1. I love these! I’m in the middle of redoing my living room and am struggling with what to do with my fireplace/mantle. Lovely inspiration you have provided!

  2. Wow, these are all really fabulous! I would like to add a few tips as advice to the viewers:
    1) If you’re going to do a fake fireplace, PLEASE put a filler board in the middle so it looks like an old fireplace that has been blocked off. Look at the shabby chic example (with the clock above it): seeing the pristine, 1-month-old drywall and, worse, the baseboard in there totally ruins the effect because it screams “look how fake I am! I was just glued to the wall!” What a shame, because otherwise it’s truly gorgeous. If you’re afraid to commit by cutting out the section of baseboard, then put a ferring strip or two on the wall above it and attach your backerboard to those. (Don’t forget to caulk/paint the gap around the edge so it looks as least as finished as your surround. When a real fireplace is blocked off, it is sealed to prevent unwanted airflow. Thus, to be truly convincing, it should look totally sealed.) The loss of an inch in depth due to your ferring strips and backerboard won’t take away from the look anywhere near as much as the addition will enhance it. Once finished, the eye will be much more convinced that might actually be an old fireplace.
    2) If you really feel like you need more depth (or you just want to exaggerate the depth you already have anyway) you can add more trim pieces to the front such as quarter-round frames, fluted plaques, corbels, etc. Or, conversely, if you find a surround you really love but feel it’s too shallow and you don’t want to change the front, add more pieces to the back between the surround and the wall. Like ferring strips, only larger. You could add a good 6 inches of depth that way. Just remember to caulk and finish those too; not properly finished is not at all convincing. It doesn’t necessarily have to be wood; it could be brick, stone, or something else.
    3) Add something to indicate a hearth. It doesn’t have to be large or imposing at all, it doesn’t even have to protrude out beyond the front edge of the firebox. But there needs to be something. Choose something that might actually be used with a fireplace, again to avoid the fakiness giveaway, but whatever you choose to add, once again make sure it’s finished. If you put down some tile, let’s say, don’t leave raw-cut edges. If you aren’t going to cut into the floor to install it level, at least put a frame around it with some quarter round or something. This not only makes it look more convincing, but is for safety, too. Gashing your foot against unfinished protrusions on the floor is not fun.
    4) If you have pets, children, or think you’ll ever put something remotely heavy on the mantle, you MUST anchor it securely to the wall studs. Having the whole kaboodle come tipping forward and smashing is not good. Fear that possibility more than the damage to the wall; if the fake fireplace is ever removed, a truly professional drywall contractor can patch the holes so that you’ll swear they were never there.

    I miss my fireplace now! Thanks so much for this amazing collection of inspiration.

  3. Oh thank heavens for this! I have been DYING to decorate my mantle, currently it is a catch call for the decorative things I buy. I just leave them up there until I find a suitable home!

    That gave me excellent ideas. I see a homegoods run in my future!

  4. OMG, I just jizzed in my pants looking at all of these.

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