It's summer and if you need ideas to spiff up your summer mantel decor, here are some beautiful examples to draw inspiration from. Summer is the perfect time for the bright cheery colors of Red, White, and Blue to come alive. I love the contrast of these three colors and it's so easy to add in a couple of complimentary colors as well. Whether you're a stickler for the traditional stars and stripes, love the nautical look, or fancy the minimal movement, below are some wonderful mantel ideas to spark your creativity.
Featuring brightly painted picture frames, this mantel has a lot of fun items to look at. Of course, I love the little burlap banner right in the middle and the red metal star. TheKimSixFix.com even has a video showing how she created the frames shape on her mantel. http://www.thekimsixfix.com/2015/06/patriotic-red-white-and-blue-mantel.html
Below Landeeseelandeedo has created a very fun mantel using sticks and a wood sign. She has instructions on how to make the sign, but I was drawn to the painted sticks. What an easy way to use what you might have at home to make a mantel design that's full of texture!
Here's a lovely take on muted Red, White, and Blue using a soft blue with pinks and just a touch of the bright reds and blues. I love how they are all intermixed. While not a typical mantel, this wall has lots of mantel inspiration like the plates with the red accent and the wood stars in all three colors. http://www.remodelandolacasa.com/2013/06/fourth-of-july.html
If you're in the mood for muted and a vintage style, this lovely shelf and table has all the items you need to set a wonderful July 4th summer vignette. Whether on a mantel or a shelf, this totally says summer! http://www.thegoldensycamore.com/2013/06/vintage-patriotic-decor.html
Going Nautical is always an easy way to take the Red, White, and Blue in a new and fun direction. What interesting items HomeTalk has chosen to make a beautiful mantel!
Direct from Burlap Decor.com is a mantel featuring a burlap banner in Red, White and Blue Stars. The stars are glittered for sparkle. I enjoy the addition of the bright green pear to give some alternative colors to look at. www.burlapdecor.com or www.sherisewsweet.etsy.com.
Craftaholicsanymous has created this bright and cheerful July 4th mantel with a US chalkboard wreath, candles and stars. I totally love the wool ball garland!
In this picture from Hoosier Homemade, we have a traditional fireplace with some simple Farmhouse look items like the Ball jars, lanterns and white pottery.
In another Farmhouse Decor style mantel, this simple shelf is using only the bright traditional colors on the flag and inserting these amazing cloches with plants. Taking what you have around your home and then just showcasing it in creative ways does amazing things to your decorating! http://www.lizmarieblog.com/2015/05/diy-wood-pallet-american-flag/
In our last picture, this buffet vignette uses multiple decorating styles to create a beautiful cohesive look. With the modern pom-pom and fabric garland as well as the Farmhouse boxwood wreath and wood lantern, also adding in the vintage Coca-Cola items, this lovely space puts together Red, White and Blue with a gorgeous flair. (source unknown)
Hopefully these ideas will get your creative juices flowing with ideas for your mantel or special decorating spaces.