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Simple Ideas to Style Your Fireplace Mantel for Summer and Spring

Whether you prefer farmhouse or transitional, colorful decor or neutral, we’ve got some easy ways to style your fireplace mantel for summer!

We love changing up things in our homes with the seasons.

Pumpkins and rich warm colors in fall.

Greenery, ribbons, bells, and alllll the mini trees for Christmas.

Bunnies, tulips, and greenery in spring.

And then comes summer when we love to cool things down visually with whites and greens.

Except when we get a little patriotic!

This year has been crazy though (hello graduations, house guests, and family trips!), so we haven’t done quite as much summer decorating as in years past…

But there’s one place in our homes that is so easy to decorate that even during the busiest times it gets freshened up.

We both have open floor plans, so it’s a focal point in our homes.

Not sure why we’re beating around the bush here because the title of our post kind of gives it away! LOL

It’s our fireplaces.

AnnMarie has a gorgeous stacked stone gas fireplace with a raised hearth.

Anne’s fireplace has a traditional painted mantel and she painted the marble surround to look like slate.

Over the years we’ve come up with some tried and true ideas to decorate a fireplace mantel and hearth that we can’t wait to share with you!

Welcome to the 2022 Summer Home Decor Tour

Thank you so much to Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for inviting us to join her Summer Home Decor Tour. She’s put together a fantastic group and there’s so much inspiration!

We’ve discovered several blogs that are new to us that we’re so excited to be following now.

You can find links to all 30 home tours at the end of this post.

Whether you’re joining us from our friend Kim’s home in the Pacific Northwest or you found us online, welcome! Isn’t Kim’s cottage gorgeous? We always love stopping by and visiting her home and her gardens. Did you see that view?! One of these days we’re heading over to visit her for real.

If you’re new around here, we’re Anne and AnnMarie, two moms who are lucky enough to be besties and neighbors.

Anne and AnnMarie from Simply2Moms standing in front of a greenery trellis at Magnolia Table restaurant

Anne is the shorter one in the floral tank, and AnnMarie is taller in chambray. Some of our online friends say they remember who’s who because Anne’s name is shorter and so is she! LOL

We work together to share simple and budget-friendly ideas for decoratingrecipesDIY projects, and tips for life with older teens (and beyond!).

You can read more about us and our families over here.

And we would love to learn more about you! Be sure to say “hi” in the comments below and tell us where you’re visiting from.

But that’s enough about us.

Let’s take a look at our ideas for decorating your fireplace mantel for summer.

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Simple Ideas to Decorate Your Fireplace for Summer and Spring

Have you been wondering where all the pictures are?

Well, hold onto your hat because here. we. go!

These ideas can work from spring all the way through summer.

And a number of them can be tweaked to work all year round.

Hydrangeas and Greenery

Traditional gas fireplace with painted white mantel. Mantel has a pitcher of blue hydrangeas, large boxwood orb, large black mirror with succulent wreath layered on top. Small stool with white vintage birdcage on top next to fireplace on hearth. Rope basket with topiary orb on other side.

Hands down, our favorite flower in the summer has got to be hydrangeas.

We both have blue and white hydrangea bushes planted in our yards that we love to clip and bring inside.

Did you know, an easy way to dry hydrangeas after cutting them is to put them in some water, and then forget about them.

White fireplace mantel with a pitcher of summer blue hydrangeas, french country architectural accents, and corner of black-framed mirror with a succulent wreath layered on top

Once the water evaporates, the blooms will naturally dry out!

Store them carefully and you can bring them out to use again and again.

simple summer fireplace mantle close up of mason jar vase filled with fresh hydrangea

The colors may fade a bit as they dry, but they’ll still look beautiful in your home.

They pair beautifully with greenery and look great in just about any container you decide to use.

Wicker Baskets Add Texture

Traditional gas fireplace with white surround decorated for summer with wicker vase, greenery, and faux magnolias

We both love a neutral color scheme in our homes so we use texture to add visual interest.

Wicker and baskets are an amazing way to add texture!

This wicker vase is a new favorite because it’s pretty on its own, or with florals, or greenery stems.

On the other side of the mantel, a vintage fishing creel balances the vase.

Try Adding Some Patriotic Details

Stacked stone fireplace with wood mantel decorated for summer with faux hydrangeas and antique window frame

It’s easy to add simple patriotic touches like this flag banner.

AnnMarie changed the ribbon on her wreath to a red and white stripe and leaned a sign with a patriotic saying against her antique window frame.

Did you notice she included some white hydrangea from her yard in that enamelware milk jug?

Everything else on her fireplace is seasonally neutral so it’s easy to pare things down after July 4th.

Milk glass vases with small US flags on a white painted fireplace mantel with large round mirror

Anne created a simple display by pairing vintage milk glass bud vases she’s been collecting with small US flags.

She can easily swap the flags for flowers when the mood strikes.

Try a Little Symmetry

Gas fireplace with painted marble surround decorated for summer with boxwood topiaries

Symmetry is always pleasing to the eye, and it’s easy to achieve.

Anne used the same milk glass bud vases and added faux yellow allium and ferns to create a traditional, symmetrical mantel display.

Two tall boxwood topiaries anchor the ends, with the smaller vases on either side of the mirror.

Candle Lanterns Can Add Some Glow

patriotic summer fireplace close up of plant & candle lantern on stone fireplace hearth

When it’s too hot to use your fireplace, try adding candle lanterns on the mantel and hearth.

Candles are a wonderful way to add a little atmosphere and ambiance to your summer home without any of the heat!

Large wood candle lantern with bead garland tied around the handle

We love these natural-looking battery-powered candles because the flame really looks like it’s flickering.

They’re a little pricey and are coated in wax so don’t use them outside during the hot summer months.

Guess how we know?

Hang a Wreath on It

Traditional gas fireplace with white surround decorated for summer with greenery and white pillar candle

Fireplaces can have the tendency to look very linear. Soften those lines with the curves of a wreath.

You can hang a wreath on a mirror, or window frame, or even on its own over the mantel to add some movement to your space.

Spring wreath hanging on antique window on fireplace mantel

It’s so easy to change out the wreath with the seasons!

We both love greenery wreaths because they’re so neutral, but you can use a floral wreath to bring in some color if that’s what you love.

Combine Vintage Treasures with Florals and Greenery

Gas fireplace with chalk paint marble surround decorated for summer with faux flowers and greenery

We love searching for vintage goodies at our local thrift shops, antique mall, garage sales, and marketplace!

Vintage spools make fun pillar candlesticks and pedestals.

The patina of antique wood boxes, buckets, and crates looks gorgeous with greenery and florals.

It’s fun to find unique items to make our homes look unique.

Antique white birdcage with a faux fern and pottery bird inside on a fireplace hearth

Vintage bird cages can be used to add some height on a hearth to create a contained vignette.

Or keep Anne’s kitties from eating her plants… LOL

Rusted antique coal skuttle holding large faux magnolia blossoms

Antique buckets and rusty coal scuttles are perfect containers for florals during the spring and summer months.

Pillar Candlesticks for the Win!

Stacked stone gas fireplace with raised heart decorated for summer with pillar candles and faux plants

Don’t have a candle lantern?

No worries!

Pillar candlesticks are a great (and easy!) way to decorate your mantel.

If your candlesticks don’t match, try painting them like AnnMarie did.

Fireplace heart with three tall pillar candlesticks by a gas fireplace

I’m thinking I need to pull these tall candlesticks out of storage and give them a paint job for a more current look!

However, a grouping of tall holders like these is an easy way to decorate your hearth.

These are just a few of our favorite ways to decorate our fireplaces for summer. Do you have a favorite that we didn’t include? Tell us about it in the comments at the end of this post!

Next up on our summer tour of homes this week is our dear friend Pasha from Pasha is Home. We met Pasha in person last summer and have fallen in love with her gorgeous style! Today she’s sharing some beautiful ideas for bringing summer into your bedroom.

If you have any questions or suggestions, contact me or leave a comment!

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Lori

Tuesday 14th of June 2022

So many tips! Love your summer home tour!

AnnMarie

Tuesday 14th of June 2022

Thanks so much Lori! It's so fun seeing everyone's summer homes.

Calypso in the Country

Sunday 12th of June 2022

I love your beautiful mantel ideas - you can't go wrong with hydrangeas in the summer! Thanks for the inspiration! Shelley

Anne

Monday 13th of June 2022

Thanks so much for stopping by, Shelley!

Laura Ingalls Gunn

Saturday 11th of June 2022

What a gorgeous mantel. I adore the patriotic touches!

Anne

Monday 13th of June 2022

Thanks, Laura! AnnMarie's fireplace is amazing!

Carolyn Patrinicola

Saturday 11th of June 2022

As always, I love your seasonal & special occasion ideas! In our home, spring & summer speak yellow to me, so in April I place faux daffodils & forsythia throughout the living areas on the first floor, in many antique crocks, pewter & copper vessels! Then I store them away in May, & use other faux greens & yellow in faux fruit & vegetables! Last year I found artichokes at our my new favorite Farmhouse on Main shop! But what is more cheery yellow than Lemons! Here in Maryland & PA, I found lemon & green clusters for the mantle at the Old Mill Shops in Strasburg & in long stemmed lemons at Country Finds in Bel Air, Md! On our mantle, I keep a faux base of boxwood garland and a small red berry garland year round! In each season, I add color and texture that enlivens our wooden mantle Anne’s dad made! Our Nandina & Winterberry shrubs both keep their red berries all summer & beyond, So, since red is ever present all year in our cushions, pillows, wall items, & swags, red is my all season color. I’m sending some photos of items just described! Blessings, Carolyn

Anne

Monday 13th of June 2022

Your seasonal decorating has always given me lots of inspiration! I love that you keep things very natural looking. One of these years I've got to do more with lemons because they really are so cheerful looking! And I agree, artichokes are another fun option for summer: I've got a bowl of them on my kitchen table. :) Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Love you.

Amber

Friday 10th of June 2022

There are so many wonderful summer decorating ideas the two of you have shared! I love those colorful patterned curtains and that birdcage is speaking to my cottage garden-style loving heart!

So fun touring with you! Happy summer!

Anne

Monday 13th of June 2022

Thank you, Amber! It was wonderful touring with you last week.