Giving Your Mantel A Fresh Look with Spring Decor

Decorating your fireplace mantel for every season is an easy way to change up your decor. (Not to mention a LOT of fun!) In most cases, the fireplace is the focal point of a room and there is so much you can do with a mantel’s decor to give the room it’s in some character. Each season, you can give your mantel an entirely new spirit that will translate through the whole room. Check out these tips and ideas to get your creative juices flowing.


  • Incorporate fresh flowers in your mantel decor. The best way to do this is by putting them in two simple vases of the same height that can flank each end of the mantel. Some good spring flower suggestions are cherry blossoms, daffodils, tulips, petunias and carnations.
  • Use at least one spring-inspired color. The most popular choices are yellow, blue, and green but any spring color will do as long as it doesn’t clash with the rest of the room’s decor.
  • Branches are a great addition to your spring mantel to bring in some extra nature. You can put them in a vase on their own, mix them into a flower display or use them in other creative ways.
  • If you aren’t much of a “flower” person, consider a nice topiary or two as a simple alternative.
  • Some other spring-inspired elements to mix into your mantel’s decor are birds, bird cages, straw, fruit, and colored eggs.
  • Check local flea markets and thrift stores for cool items you can spray paint or re-purpose for your mantel decor.

This spring fireplace mantel kept things simple and clean. The daffodils are perfect for spring, as are the eggs in varying shades of yellow and brown. The vintage mirror is a great touch that is versatile for every season. Photo: Martha Stewart

Emily of did a beautiful job incorporating spring elements in a cottage chic way. The antique shutters are a perfect focal point and she didn’t over-accessorize. I love the birdcage filled with colored eggs and the simplicity of the glass apothecary jars filled with a little bit of straw. Photo: Better Homes & Gardens

Alissa of 33 Shades of Green created a contemporary spring mantel using two glass apothecary jars filled with lemons and limes to set her color scheme. The use of metal and silver creates a clean and sophisticated modern look, while the two framed artwork tie everything together. Photo: 33 Shades of Green

This vintage spring mantel by Mallori of Vintage Finds gives a new take on spring using some typical spring elements with a twist. Keeping her tones neutral and subdued for that vintage look, she incorporated an illustration of a bird and a glass vase filled with twigs and greenery to capture the look of spring. The flowered book pages are a fantastic DIY touch. Photo: Vintage Finds

Layla of The Lettered Cottage created this beautiful mantel using nature-inspired elements and flea market finds. The white keeps things clean and sophisticated, while the foliage, eggs and baskets bring in that “spring” touch. I love the chalkboard with the quote and vintage frame- so cute! Photo: The Lettered Cottage

If you don’t have a fireplace, an easy DIY alternative is to hang a long shelf at the same height a mantel would typically be. Try reclaimed wood for a really cool, natural look in place of a man-made shelf. Then get creative with your own spring mantel decor using these tips and ideas. Have fun!

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