Despite the snow flurries that fell thick enough to coat the ground this weekend, I’m pretty sure it’s spring. Easter was early this year, but not that early, right?
It seemed like it was time to update the mantel for spring. We still light the fire most nights, but the snowshoes on the mantel seemed to be a bit out of season.
For me, styling a mantel is like styling a bookshelf–challenging.
I replaced the snowshoes with some green glass bottles. I separated the pair of antlers and spread out the trio of spherical tealight holders. But I’m not sure it’s working for me.
I’ve learned I really like the pop of black from the lantern–and the glow of the candle at night–but I’m wondering if maybe I should do without it for the spring.
The glass bottles seem a little small to me. And I think their watery blue-green tone says summer more than spring.
I’d love your input and advice on what you’d do. Here are your constraints:
- The stone needs to be the main feature of the fireplace. That means no covering it up with a huge painting or mirror, although something smaller might be acceptable.
- I want balance, but I don’t want symmetry. Matching topiaries at either end of the mantel with a perfectly centred hurricane are not me.
- Bigger is better when it comes to tchotchkes. The fireplace is 8 feet wide and 9 1/2 feet tall and close to 4 feet deep. It’s a monolith. From the mantel to the lowest point of the ceiling is 40 inches. The accessories need to be equally large scale so they don’t get lost.
- I’m cheap, so there’s no way I’m spending much money on decor, especially if it’s going to change seasonally.
This post from Kim at Tidbits and Twine has an easy formula for styling a mantel. I particularly like her layers of anchor, weight and filler. However, I’d have to put my anchor off centre. 🙂
Here are some of the things I’m thinking of:
- Something living (or more likely, given my luck with plants, a decent replica of a living thing)
- Large crocks or bottles (or urns or tarnished trophies?)
- Candles or lanterns of some kind (maybe an oil lamp or a candelabra could be fun)
- Some appropriately “farmy” accessories (wagon wheel hub, grindstone, antlers)
- Something appropriately seasonal (is there something that says spring besides the obvious tulips and hyacinths?)
- Art (even though I don’t want a central painting, a smaller scale painting or sculpture or mirror might be nice)
This picture speaks to me. Even though the fireplace is a completely different style from ours, are there some lessons I can apply?
Help me bring spring inside, even if it hasn’t arrived outside yet. What are your styling secrets for mantels? What accessories would you use?