Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

5 Ideas to Decorate Your Mantel for Spring

The days are longer, the birds are singing, the daffodils are peeking out to say hello, and warm spring weather and lazy days outdoors are just around the corner.

Balsam Hill's Blue Viola Arrangement displayed in a neutral and rustic basket

When it comes to decorating for spring, nothing is off limits at our home. From a bouquet on the kitchen island, to a French market basket filled with blooms on a stool, to the mantels decorated with a sprinkling of spring charm.

Today I am sharing 5 simple and easy ways to decorate your mantel for spring. The main ingredient? Flowers, of course, because spring is bursting with florals.

1. Lilac Love

I can’t help but love lilacs – their scent is intoxicating and their dainty petals charm everyone. I clipped a few blooms for this mantel styling and kept the rest simple.

Purple lilacs sit atop a dark brown mantel with neutral decor accents

A simple bouquet of lilacs on the mantel provides a little burst of spring blooms

Just stacks of vintage books and a sweet vintage dog planter for a touch of whimsy.

Detailed shot of purple lilac flowers and small dog planter

This small dog planter is the perfect touch of whimsy to a basic lilac decorating theme

 

2. Blushing Beauty

Blush mantel decor is something you will see often in my home. Whether it’s ranunculus, peonies, or roses, I am a huge fan of those pretty pastel barely-there shades. This mantel is both bold and beautiful with the addition of brightly colored blue glass seltzer bottles.

Pastel pink peonies sit in clear and blue glass vases atop a grey mantel

Pretty pastel pink peonies look great with a burst of bright blue glass vases

A good way to add a burst of spring is to mix something bold with your muted colors.  Just don’t get too crazy with too many colors. You want your mantel decor to accent the rest of your room, so it should fit in with your overall style.

Pastel pink peonies in blue glass vases

Adding a pop of bright color to a muted decorating theme can make your display one-of-a-kind

 

3. Going for the Gold

Another favorite look of mine is gold everything. Well, not everything, but I do think that gold is almost like a neutral when styling. It is something that can mix with bright colors or pastels and add a rich element to an otherwise quiet styling. For this mantel, I used simple vintage bottles filled with Italian ranunculus (which are some of my absolute favorites) and I brought in gold vintage-inspired lamps.

Pastel pink Italian ranunculus sit in glass jars atop old books and a vintage-inspired gold lamp

A vintage-inspired gold lamp adds a metallic neutral touch to a display of pink Italian ranunculus

One of my favorite mantel decor elements, vintage books, make an appearance again. And you will notice that the books are turned outwards to keep a neutral base for the flowers and lamps.

Pastel pink Italian ranunculus sit in glass jars atop old books and a vintage-inspired gold lamp

Neutral vintage books and a gold lamp give a rich feel to pink Italian ranunculus

 

4. Nothing but Blooms

Does it get any prettier than peonies in full bloom?

A white mantel is adorned with pink peonies and simple greenery

A simple display of pink peonies and greenery brightens up a neutral mantel

Since they are such a gorgeous flower all by themselves, why not use that beauty and decorate your mantel very simply? If you are using fresh peonies, you can get little water containers from the florist for each stem. A great alternative to this look is to use Balsam Hill’s completely gorgeous and realistic peony stems. They will last forever without any need for water refills.

Pink peonies and simple greenery sit around a vintage mirror atop a white mantel

Assorted greenery and bright pink peonies add the perfect hint of spring to a simple mantel

 

5. Blue and White Beauty

Another of my favorite decorating ideas for spring is blue and white containers filled with blooms.

Purple lilacs set inside decorative blue and white ceramic containers

The crispness of blue and white ceramic gives a refreshing lift to a spring mantel

Blue and white always feels fresh and pretty for spring, and you can add your favorite blooms to mix with them. For this styling, I chose those lilacs again, along with hydrangeas.

Green hydrangeas fill decorative blue and white containers in an outdoor mantel setting

Bright greens and decorative blue and white ceramic is a festive combination for spring

Hydrangeas are wonderful for big bouquets since their blooms are fluffy and on the large side. You can use real flowers or realistic faux blooms like Balsam Hill’s hydrangea stems.

I hope you have enjoyed and found inspiration from my 5 mantel decorating ideas to help welcome spring. Happy decorating!

About the Author

Courtney writes the blog French Country Cottage where she shares lifestyle & design inspiration and the ongoing renovations of her 1940’s cottage.