Give your fireplace a seasonal makeover with these Summer Mantel Decor Ideas using hot pink and teal coastal accents, vases, sisal rope and candlesticks.
Earlier this year, I decided to be more intentional about changing the mantel above our fireplace to reflect the change in seasons. After having the same simple mantel decor for nearly ten years, it was time to freshen it up. My goal was to keep the cost down and create a big visual impact with just small mantel decor changes. Here’s a reminder of what we started with:
In the winter, we made the biggest changes with a white framed mirror, new candle holders, a large white owl vase, and a small vase. We also replaced one of the picture frames. At that time, we intentionally chose some basic white pieces that could be used year-round and then accented with seasonal colors and foilage.
Here’s a look back at the seasonal mantels we’ve done so far:
Winter Mantel Decor – We used rustic red, bare branches with red berries and red hydrangeas.
Spring Mantel Decor – We used an arrangement of refreshing green eucalyptus and lavender, as well as green hydrangeas and sage green candles.
Summer Mantel Decor Ideas
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For our summer mantel decor, I was really inspired by the embedded sea glass candles the O’Neil Sisters from Running With Sisters shared as their Kenarry Creative Team post a few months ago. I wanted to go with a turquoise blue or teal color as the main accent color and include a few coastal elements like sisal rope and shells. There’s just something about that bright blue/green color that makes me think of a sandy beach or a backyard pool on a hot summer day. I also chose hot pink as a secondary accent color for the summer mantel decor to liven it up for the season.
While I was looking for summer decor to inspire the mantel, I found this gorgeous Anchor and Fresh Crabs Wood Sign Set from The Summery Umbrella. I ordered it in aqua and then used the sign color to determine other color choices for summer, like the candles on the mantel or the “wreath” outside our front door. NOTE: If you love this sign set too, Kenarry readers get a special 20% off discount at The Summery Umbrella. Just use the promo code KENARRY when you check out.
The Anchor and Fresh Crabs Sign Set hangs on the orange wall in our dining room with close proximity to the fireplace so it ties in nicely with the rest of the summer mantel decor. There are 15 different color options for the sign set, like lime, peach, orchid or seafoam green, if teal isn’t your style.
Using basic white decorative elements for our mantel makes it super easy to change our summer mantel decor when the new season rolled around. Once I chose teal and hot pink for the colors, I just had to swap out a few things. First, I replaced the arrangement of green eucalyptus and lavender with tall beach grasses in the owl vase.
Next, I used hot pink hydrangeas in the small white vase instead of the green ones. I love how bright they are with just a hint of orange in the flowers. While I was buying these, I also got some other flowers in that same hot pink/orange-y color to use in a few other places around the room for summer.
After that, I swapped the bright green pillar candles with these beautiful teal ones. The ombre effect on the pillar candles makes them look really beach-y to me. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the one came with sisal rope and a starfish shell wrapped around the center. I’m debating about whether I should do the same to the other candle or leave it as is.
I mentioned last month how I’d like to add a white ceramic rabbit to my spring mantel. Since I already had that idea in my head, I could not pass up this rustic pelican when I saw him at Hobby Lobby. I think he really adds to the whole coastal feel of the summer mantel decor, don’t you?
I’m continuing to keep the large mirror and the picture frames since they’re neutral and can really coordinate well with any color. In the future, I’m thinking about draping a small fishermen’s net across the top edge of the mirror with a few shells intertwined in the sisal rope.
As I stand back and look at the summer mantel decor, I wonder whether the left side needs a little more of the teal blue accent color? I may be on the look out for an inexpensive teal planter or vase to hold the hot pink hydrangeas in summer. Another option would be to replace the picture frame that holds our wedding picture with a teal blue one for the summer months. Something like this distressed turquoise picture frame on Amazon would be perfect.
Now the question is: what color scheme and additions or changes do I make to the mantel decor for fall? I think it help keep the costs lower if I just use the burnt orange candles from the original mantel on the candlesticks, but what else should I add? Please comment below and share your thoughts. We’re always looking for new ideas.
Get This Look for Your Summer Mantel
We shopped online to find similar products like we used for our summer mantel decor, in case you wanted to get this same look above your fireplace. As you shop online, search for terms like “antique white”, “distressed white”, “rustic” and “shabby chic” to find home decor like this.
White Owl Vases
- Home Decorator’s Collection – The wide owl vase is similar in size to ours.
- Abbot Ceramic Owl Vase
- White Ceramic Owl Decorative Vase
White Framed Mirrors
- Round Cream Somerford Wooden Wall Mirror
- Desmond Round Mirror Distressed Stone Grey
- Supreme Sadie Wooden Mirror – This one is different, but has a white washed look that would be great for your summer mantel decor.
Short White Vases (Search for succulent vases or planters to get this same sort of look.)
- French Country Design Off-White Ceramic Small Decorative Vase
- I think this short Water Pitcher Flower Vase would also be pretty.
Wood and White Candlesticks
- You Are My Sunshine Frame
- Distressed Wood Frame with Gilded Border
- Lightly Distressed Frame
- This Wood Lace Doily Pattern frame with a bird is totally different, but I think the white lace pattern is beautiful and would be great winter mantel decor.
Other Decorative Accessories
- Teal Ombre Candles – If you prefer more of a blue, you could consider these turquoise and baby blue candles on Amazon.
- Sisal Rope – My candle came with the rope already around it, but you could easily hot glue sisal rope around a candle and add a starfish shell.
- Resin Pelican Statue – I got ours locally at Hobby Lobby, but these pelican statues on Amazon look similar.
- Large Green Onion Grass Spray – I also got ours at Hobby Lobby. Amazon does sell artificial beach grass, but it’s difficult to tell quality level from the photos and most have not been rated by other customers yet.
- Hot Pink Hydrangea Floral Pick – You could also use one of these bright pink artificial hydrangeas.
Do you change the mantel decor above your fireplace seasonally? What elements do you include or swap out? Please comment below and share. We’re always looking for new ideas especially as we consider changing out our mantel decor for fall and then the holidays later this year.
While you’re here, be sure to check out other summer ideas on Kenarry: Ideas for the Home, like these Rustic Summer Home Decor Signs or this Faux Succulent Vertical Garden (the colors would be perfect if you have teal decor for summer). If you enjoyed these Summer Mantel Decor Ideas, please share it with your friends or pin it for later:
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