Large mantels can be a design challenge. It’s much easier to decorate a small mantel with a low ceiling. I live in a newer home with a gas burning fireplace and a large mantel. I’ve shared my Fall and Christmas mantel decor before, but today I’ll go over how to decorate a large mantel for Spring.
When we first looked at this house, the former owners had a picture hung above the mantel. While the picture was a common size for artwork, it looked tiny. The scale was off, and I knew we’d need something much larger to make a significant impact.
I know that putting a mirror above a mantel can be “controversial”. Some designers advise against mirrors because they reflect less than attractive items, such as ceiling fans. I’m not a big fan of putting flat screen TV’s on mantels, either. But I had this large white mirror from our other house and the scale was just right.
For my Spring mantel decor, I used items that I already had on hand. I always “shop my house” before I spend money on decor. My inspiration came from this vintage paint by numbers oil painting. It depicts a Spring landscape, and I wanted to build upon it’s theme and color palette.
The same rules of scale apply to what is used to decorate a large mantel. I chose items that were quite large and tall.
First, I set a tarnished champagne bucket with a faux boxwood ball in the middle of the mantel.
Using the rule of grouping odd numbers of items together, I flanked the urn with two blue vases.
On the left side of the mantel, I placed a white birdhouse atop some old books. I finished the look with faux stems of flowering branches inside a vintage glass jug.
I think it looks balanced and somewhat minimal. I was shooting for a bright and uncluttered look for Spring. What do you think? Now, if only I could do something about that ceiling fan reflection LOL!
Here are some more of my spring decorating ideas:
- A Bird Themed Tablescape to Welcome Spring
- How to Make an Easy Spring Hoop Macrame Wreath
- DIY Vintage Farmhouse Style Bunny Decor
- How to Make a Faux Grass Spring Decor Box
Thanks for stopping by! I hope this post has encouraged you to decorate your mantel for Spring 🙂
All the best,