The fireplace is often the focal point of the living room or den, and the mantelpiece serves as the ideal architectural element. Allow your creative inspirations to take shape by switching up the theme and decor of your mantel with the changing seasons.
Keep in mind, however, that it’s important to clean out your fireplace regularly, even if it’s a gas burning fireplace. The best time to do this is after fall before decorating the area for the winter holidays.
Infuse a sense of freshness into the room by lining your mantel with floral and fruit arrangements. For example, white pitchers filled with budding greenery are a classic option. Create textural elements with potpourri, birds’ nests, twigs, and anything else that reminds you of nature.
Focus on pastel colors for Easter. Antique egg and bunny figurines can add a touch of whimsy to the room, while ribbons, gauze, and other fabrics add a touch of softness.
Most people never dream of placing a large piece of driftwood on their mantelpiece, but doing so can give your fireplace that beach cottage charm you crave. Toss in a couple of glass jars containing seashells, white pillar candles, and a classic lantern to truly embrace the beach theme. Monochromatic palettes are best, focusing on off-whites, pinks, and browns to evoke the feeling of relaxing on the beach.
Hanging a mirror over the mantel not only makes the room feel bigger, but also reflects light, giving the room an airy feeling. Since you won’t be using the fireplace during the summer, create an arrangement inside the fireplace using candles or large twig balls, making sure each piece is a different height. Also, fireplace Screens make a decorative addition to the living room during the warm months.
Draw upon the wealth of color inspiration for your fall theme. Drape faux autumn leaves across the mantel, indulge in heirloom pumpkins and colorful gourds, and gather pine cones for a memorable makeover that welcomes the harvest.
Although red, orange, and brown are popular color schemes during this time of year, switch it up by opting for warm metallics such as gold instead. Create a cluster of gold frames, spray paint vintage candelabras in glittery rose gold, or scour the thrift shops for copper treasures.
Where autumn was all about creating warmth, cooler tones work best in winter. Think blue and silver if you’re working off a color scheme or traditional holiday colors for decking the halls. Contemporary homes look best without the classic holiday colors, so minimize the knickknacks and opt for monochromatic inspiration.
Tall glass jars are functional in any season, so fill them with colorful ornament balls during the holidays. Hang a rustic wreath over the mantel and throw in a few sprigs of red berries for good measure.
No matter your personal design style, creating a cozy but elegant fireplace and mantel can set the tone for the look and feel of your entire home, so don’t overlook every chance to turn it into something extra special.
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