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Effortless Summer Mantel Ideas

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Summertime decorating was made to be simple! I spend so much of my time outdoors in the summer so most of my energy is spent make outdoor livings spaces enjoyable. However, I don’t want the indoors to be boring! Use these effortless summer mantel ideas to create a beautiful focal point in 5 minutes.

Simple summer mantel decor.

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Joining me today are some talented bloggers each sharing their own summer mantel or vignette! Make sure to visit their blogs linked below for more inspiration!

Effortless Summer Mantel Ideas

Simple Summer Mantel Ideas

This past spring, I created a simplified version of my normal spring mantel by turning it into a propagation station. I truly loved the simplicity of that spring mantel and knew I didn’t want to complicate my summer mantel decor.

Summer mantel decorating ideas.

I kept my two favorite indoor pots as the main mantel decor, very similarly to my spring mantel. Then, I added this DIY abstract wall art!

I put together a full tutorial on the blog for how I created this piece for ZERO dollars! Woot! That’s my favorite price.

DIY Abstract Wall Art

I really wanted the main focal point to be simple, neutral, textured, and modern. That allows the plants to steal the show while keeping the mantel interesting.

Effortless mantel decor ideas.

Creating Flow In An Open Concept

I love how the simplicity of this mantel decor flows so well with the rest of the house. Our fireplace is a double-sided fireplace that is open to the entire main living area.

double sided fireplace.

This can cause some mantel ideas to be too difficult to flow into the rest of the house. So, I’m always looking for ways to keep the entire space cohesive.

Fireplace looking into kitchen.

No matter which direction you are viewing the mantel from, it blends into the different room’s around it because of its simplicity and neutral color scheme.

Summer living room decor ideas.

It connects to the living room, kitchen and dining room, depending on where you are standing in the house. I think this simplified summer mantel is the perfect compromise between interesting and overkill.

large fireplace mantel decor.

Simple Mantel Details

Since my summer mantel ideas are so simple, they don’t take much explanation. However, I wanted to give some quick tips for making your summer mantel come together perfectly.

1 | Establish a Focal Point

Simple summer mantel with abstract art.

I’ve chosen my DIY abstract art as my main focal point. Typically, this is your largest piece and works well centered on your fireplace. When hanging artwork or a mirror above a fireplace, make sure that you don’t hang it too high or too low. Placement makes a big impact in pulling the entire mantel together.

2 | Add an Anchor

Mantel anchor

Adding an anchor point is very simple, yet makes a big impact on your mantel decor. This should be something that is substantial enough to be noticed immediately, like my planters.

Both of these planters are large, and when grouped together they create an anchor point for your eye to be drawn to.

Large barn beam mantel decor.

3 | Fill In Gaps

The last step to a simplified mantel is to fill in the gaps. I like to use iron candle sticks because they help ground the space by adding black, but they are not bulky. They also add some height to the mantel.

Candle sticks on a fireplace.

It really is that easy!

Three steps to an effortless mantel:

  1. Choose a focal point
  2. Add an anchor
  3. Fill in the gaps

Stay Connected

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! I hope these simple summer mantle ideas are helpful as you decorate for the season!

Today I’m joined by some of my blogging friends who are also sharing their summer mantel and summer vignette ideas.

Just click the links below the images to be taken to their post…

Simple Thrifty Summer Mantel Decor at The Happy Housie
Easy Summer Mantel with Peonies at Modern Glam
Effortless Summer Mantel Ideas at Grace in My Space
Summer Entry Way Decor Ideas at Lolly Jane
Summer Shelf Styling Tips at Finding Silver Pennies
Outdoor Garden Bench Vignette at Craftberry Bush

Simple Summer Living Room at House by Hoff
The Summer Edition of our Coffee Bar at My Sweet Savannah
Eclectic Summer Mantel at JoAnna Anastasia
Simple Summer Style Kitchen Shelving at Cassie Bustamante
How to Create a Summer Mantel with Character at Sincerely, Marie Designs

Summer Mantel Decor at Rambling Renovators
DIY Bedroom Plant Shelf at She Gave it a Go
Summer Mantel Decor at Amidst the Chaos
How to Create a Fresh Summer Mantel for Free at This is Our Bliss
Summer Hutch Styling at Clean & Scentsible

Bright Simple Summer Mantel at Tatertots and Jello
Easy Summer Mantel Styling Ideas at Cherished Bliss
Boho Summer Mantel Decor at Life is a Party
Easy Breezy Modern Minimalist Shelf Styling at This is Simplicite
Summer Mantel at Rooms for Rent


simple summer mantel looking into a kitchen.
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