What happens when summer is upon us and we want to spruce-up the style of our homes? Sometimes it’s as simple as adding easy summer mantel decor, even if you don’t have a mantel!
Today you get to see all kinds of ideas for decorating your home for the season!
Summer is here, and our first Pinterest challenge for the season is being brought to you by Cindy at County Road 407! Thank you, girlfriend, for putting this all together!
And, if you are hopping over from Paula’s blog at Sweet Pea, welcome! Her coastal summer lantern decor is right up my alley!
My Wee Abode, along with TWELVE more bloggers, are sharing ideas inspired by this photo from Kelley at Kelleynan.
Simple, but oh so beautiful! Be sure to visit Kelleynan for her whole summer home tour!
The inspiration points I took from Kelley’s photo are:
- A lantern that makes a statement
- Natural elements (moss) that add texture
- Neutral tones that compliment every style
- Simple elegance (no clutter)
- Hearth as a foundation
ADDING EASY SUMMER MANTEL DECOR (even if you don’t have a mantel!)
Are you thinking, “Julie, you don’t HAVE a mantel in your tiny house!”
Or maybe you’re thinking, “Julie, that’s a hearth, not a mantel…”
You are SO right! I don’t even have a hearth OR a mantel.
But, I can totally fake it!
You wanna know what I use for my ‘mantel/hearth’?
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Easy Summer Mantel Decor on a Window Seat
Yep… I use my window bench!
Often, I add details to my solid wood window bench when I want to add some seasonal decor to my home. If I need to use it for extra seating, I just set the items on the floor in the corner!
You can fake a mantel or hearth, too, whether you use a window bench, a bookshelf, or a wall shelf over your sofa!
Here are some ‘faux’ details for simple, affordable, and easy summer mantel decor.
- Use neutral colors to keep it fuss-free and elegant
- One statement piece goes a long way
- Add interest and texture by using natural elements such as dried fruit (faux or real), dried flowers, pods, moss, etc.
- Adding candles to most any decor adds a cozy touch… even in summer (think cool LED candles!)
- And, little pops of summer colors are a great way to add your own personality!
Let me show you how you can incorporate these tips into your summer decor!
Neutral Colors for Simple Elegance
Use blacks, white, greys and beiges as foundational colors in your home. You can always add pops of color to add some personality (we’ll talk more about that as you read on.)
The neutral foundation for this summer decor is a warm wood-tone window bench (it always photographs way more orange than it is!), grey walls, white blinds, a black lantern, and a large cream-colored candle.
Using a Statement Piece – Go Big or Go Home
The longer I live in my small home the more I realize that less is more and bigger is better! So, when adding easy summer ‘mantel’ decor to your home, start with a big piece like this black lantern I picked up at HomeGoods.
You could also use a demijohn, large vase, oversize candle holder, a large white pitcher or bowl as a statement piece.
Add Natural Elements for Interest and Texture
Pick up a bag of filler from your local decor store…
… and sparingly place the filler around your statement piece in a casual way. With this lantern, I placed the filler inside the hurricane (I was inspired by the moss in Kelley’s photo).
Add Candles for Some Cozy
Now don’t just add a pillar candle to the lantern… you can add a couple votives to ‘dress things up’ a bit to add some ‘real’ candlelight, too!
Add a Touch of Summer Color
As you can see, throughout these photos there have been touches of green and yellow.
By using pieces of the yellow and green filler, yellow votive candles, and even my aqua and citron dandelion pillow on the bench, there are just touches of color to bring in that summer glow.
And, I’m gonna sneak in a couple more photos that I just thought were cool!
And one more of MWA’s summer living room!
Now It’s Your Turn
Now first, y’all be sure to go by A Heart Filled Home and see Leslea’s lovely summer lantern decor! She has a beautiful blog!
Then tell me, what statement piece might you be adding to your mantel or hearth… or window seat? 😉