Mantel makeovers for spring

  • Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2013 12:01 a.m.
Whether you want to completely redo your mantel display for the new season or just add a seasonal tweak here and there, it takes just minutes to remake this little stage.
Whether you want to completely redo your mantel display for the new season or just add a seasonal tweak here and there, it takes just minutes to remake this little stage.

Want to freshen up your decor for spring? Do a quick makeover on your mantel.

Whether you want to completely redo your mantel display for the new season or just add a seasonal tweak here and there, it takes just minutes to remake this little stage.


But the payoffs are huge. Every time you walk by your mantel, you’ll get a bounce in your step — winter is over, and spring is here.

Here are different mantel looks to inspire you.

Great mantels start with great artwork as a backdrop. A peaceful oil painting might do the trick.

Every good mantel display needs structure. So we pulled from our ample stock of interesting white pottery some pieces to build around.

All the pottery we used is white, but each piece is different from the others — some contemporary, some traditional, some tall, some tiny.

When we design mantels, we create them to flow visually from a high point to a low point. Sometimes the high spot is at the center of the mantel, and the elements in the display descend from this central spot.

This time, we built the display on just one corner, making our high spot the outer boundary of the mantel, carrying the line down to the center of the mantel.

Bring on the greens. Good greens are a great addition to a mantel display no matter the season, whether they are picks, garlands or potted plants. I’ve long been a fan of bare, wild honeysuckle vine, and it’s a go-to tool for my fall and winter decorating.

But it also looks sensational in a spring display. If you want, you could stop here for a multi-layered look that will take you up to summer, or even until fall. Or you could tuck in a little surprise or two. Sometimes you need a full, fat bouquet of flowers to knock it out of the park. Other times, just a single bud or two is the most powerful because of its simplicity.

Consider using an awesome pot that features the popular chevron stripe. Fill it with floral picks — but it would also look great holding a maidenhair fern or ivy topiary. Then bring in an assortment of funky pots, vases and boxes in all kinds of colors, shapes and textures.

Since the pottery is so inexpensive, you can go out of your comfort zone a little and get colors and finishes you wouldn’t normally choose. It’s a great way to add a pop of new color and explore new decorating styles.

I’ve approached my mantel displays all different ways through the years, sometimes clearing the deck and creating completely new looks, sometimes just adding a slight modification with each new season. Right now I have a few items on my mantel that I dearly love, and I want to keep them out year-round.

So, as each new season comes, I move these keepers around a bit and add in a few seasonal splashes.

I really like to use live and faux houseplants in spring decorating, so all I did was place three different plants into three different white pots.

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