Looking for some ideas on how to decorate your mantel for summer? I am sure that you will love at least one (if not all) of these TOP summer mantel ideas.
Summer decorating is so much fun, don’t you agree? What is there not to love about a bit of coastal and nautical fun, bringing beach decor into your home, and reliving memories of glorious sunny days on the seashore or in the mountains.
I love mantel decorations for summer especially. I am so sorry I don’t have a mantel anymore, but at least I can enjoy some summer mantels I did in the past and of course the summer mantel decor from blogging friends.
I am sure you will find some wonderful inspiration here for decorating your fireplace this summer.
Whether you are looking for ideas to make a themed mantel, or you are looking for ideas for an everyday mantel with a bit of summer flair, I am sure you will not be disappointed with this collection.
There are wonderful ideas for decorating a mantel, shelf, or ledge for summer. From farmhouse to coastal, with or without a tv, featuring fresh flowers or fruit and elaborate or simple. There is a summer mantel decor idea in this collection for everyone.
Let’s go, shall we!
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Summer Coastal mantel decor
Summer and the beach just belong together, don’t they? I love decorating for summer in a nautical style, because who doesn’t want to live in a beach cottage when the sun is out and the weather is good. Giving your mantel decor a coastal look for summer is easy, just add seashells, bits of (faux) coral, a little rope here and there, perhaps a summer hat, and some sea stars and your coastal mantel decor is perfect.
I love that with those basic beach-themed elements you can create such a variety of coastal mantels. Please enjoy my favorite summer mantels with a nautical design.
My pallet wood summer mantel is one variation of this everyday mantel decor that can move perfectly with you through the seasons. It is one of my favorite summer fireplace decorations ever. Although I loved this mantel decorated for spring as well.
If I had a mantel I could totally pull off this summer mantel with straw hats after all I have a little collection of straw hats myself. Alas, I don’t have a mantel, but if I did I would totally decorate my mantel for summer like this. Beautiful in its simplicity and fun too.
Isn’t this beach-inspired summer garland by Sand and Sisal wonderful? It is the star on this coastal mantel. What a fun little craft project to make a summer garland with beach finds that only needs a few summer craft materials.
When you have a beautiful painting of the beach why not make it center stage in your summer mantel decor. I love this beach canvas summer mantel. The mantel itself and the painting are both lovely together. Not much else is needed to make this mantel decoration perfect for the summer season.
Summer is a time for making memories. And what better way to enjoy those memories a bit longer than by displaying them on your summer mantel with photo frames. This mantel sure knows that it is silly to ask “how many photo frames can I put on my mantel?”. Just hang them, layer them, and stack them until you run out of room.
The painting on this coastal summer mantel gives the perfect beach cottage vibe to this fireplace decor. The sea painting is (almost) symmetrically flanked by some simple decorations like wood boards and greenery and the colors are echoed in the pillow covers and the rest of the summer living room.
My Beach Cottage Summer Mantel was a fun twist on traditional mantel styling. I loved how quirky it looked with the dangling shells and sea stars and the small jars filled with shells and (electric) candles. It sure was an original summer mantel, and I love it still.
For lovers of color, I found this Colorful Nautical Mantel Decor. I am sure anyone with kids would love this mantel. The sailing boat is such a wonderful eye-catcher and the orange and blue make a beautiful color statement.
This nautical summer mantel has so many great ideas. There is the summer garland made from driftwood, the adorable little boats, that giant clockface and so much more. What a fun coastal vibe this summer mantel has.
When you have a beautiful picture that was taken on summer vacation you have a great start for your summer mantel. This fun nautical mantel decor showcases a family memory and looks wonderful.
When you find the perfect piece of driftwood you have a great start for a beach cottage summer mantel. Together with the window frame and a fun wreath this summer mantel looks great and is easy to put together.
What would a collection of the best coastal mantel decor ideas be, without at least one mantel that features a fishnet? Right! I love how the draped fishnet on this beach finds summer mantel adds texture and backdrop. The wreath with seashells is just the perfect companion.
Vintage elements, heirloom treasures, and a large seaside canvas, together create the perfect vintage nautical mantel for summer.
Summer Mantel Ideas that Showcase Beautiful Flowers
Summer is a time of flower abundance. Gardens and flower markets show off the most vibrant and beautiful flowers in all colors of the rainbow in the summertime. What better way than to decorate your summer mantel with fresh flowers and give them a prime position in your decor. Roses, peonies, hydrangeas, and so many more flowers are blooming in summer and look wonderful on a summer mantel. Let me show you some of the best examples of summer mantels that feature fresh flowers.
The red flowers flanking the sea painting on this red and blue summer mantel are so bright and vibrant that they draw a lot of attention.
This Summer Banner Mantel is perfect for the summer craft lovers among us. The summer bunting looks like so much fun to make. And what is there not to love about a summer mantel that features both pink peonies and blue glass. Love it!
Sometimes simple is the best. I love this flower summer mantel idea where the basket adds texture, the peonies are bright and beautiful and the mirror adds a touch of whimsy. You see, this is how easy summer mantel decorating can be. It doesn’t always have to be complicated and stressful. Sometimes creating your perfect summer mantel just means adding your favorite flowers and a few extra touches for fun.
A simple lineup of mason jars with fresh flowers can be enough for a simple summer mantel. The blue color and the beautiful fresh flowers just ooze summer energy. A simple lineup like this is so simple to recreate. The added touch of some seashells is just the perfect finishing touch.
If you don’t have easy access to fresh flowers but you still like to feature flowers on your summer mantel then you will like this botanical prints summer mantel decor. The combination of the prints, the brass candlesticks, and a simple vase of flowers makes this a very pretty summer mantel.
The blue hydrangeas on this summer mantel steal the show. What a gorgeous pop of color these flowers give to an otherwise understated and neutral summer decor.
This flower-filled summer mantel decor takes you right to the flower market. The enamel sign, the wooden crates with flowers, the decorated buckets, and all the added little decorations make this a fun summer mantel.
I can almost smell the flowers on this white summer mantel. How beautiful is this simple row of bottles with flowers layered in front of vintage window panels?
This take on decorating a summer mantel with flowers is truly original. The layered look with fresh flowers and flower prints in front of a big ornate mirror is both unique and beautiful.
Lush flowers, candles, and a big statement mirror are all the ingredients you need for an elegant summertime mantel.
How is this for a statement mantel? The pink roses on this summer mantel demand all the attention and rightfully so, they are gorgeous and the effect is doubled by placing them in front of a mirror.
Ideas for Decorating Summer Mantels with Lanterns
Lanterns and summer go together like the beach and flip-flops. Whether the lantern houses a simple candle or is used as a decorating prop filled with seashells and beach decorations, there is something summery about a plain old lantern. Lanterns are also great for adding height to any mantel decor. I guess that’s why so many of my favorite summer mantel ideas have lanterns as a focal point.
Coastal summer mantel idea with lots of layers in soft colors. Don’t you agree this is beautiful? I quickly can count 6 different layers on this beautiful beach summer mantel decor. The three lanterns in different sizes are a perfect little collection of summer accessories. Although this mantel decoration is quite busy, it is the soft, muted color scheme that makes this totally work and so gorgeous.
If you know me at all, you would have guessed I would have chosen several mantels that would be perfect in a little beach cottage. Like this rustic summer mantel with two large lanterns. I never would have expected a deer head on my summer mantel. But when he is sporting a summer hat, he fits right in. The muted, natural colors on this mantel prevent it from becoming too busy. It is just lovely.
Two lanterns and an urn with dried flowers give height to this mantel decor in white. The rope wreath and the sand dollar garland add a lovely beach touch.
Three lanterns, two vases, and one mirror are all that decorate this summer fireplace mantel. And it looks wonderful in all its simplicity.
This very bright and colorful summer mantel has beautiful contrasts. The different bright colors of the flowers are cooled down by the blue mason jars and the dark metal lantern contrasts with the bright white mantel cover. Stacks of books and some decorative balls add texture to this bright simple summer mantel. I love this eclectic summer mantel with bright yellow sunflowers.
This simple nautical mantel is so simple and so beautiful. The two large lanterns flank two little sailboats and that is all it takes.
When you have a lantern that is big, bold, and beautiful you can show it off on your mantel ledge and basically be done with it. This summer lantern is set on some fresh linens and is accompanied by some summer accessories. The inside of the lantern is decorated as well. Simple and stylish.
This summer mantel is simple and beautiful. The wooden lanterns complement the wooden mirror and the simple flowers combined with eucalyptus leaves are the perfect finishing touch.
This yellow summer mantel features a couple of beautiful candle lanterns prominently. The yellow pairs well with the darker tones of the metal lanterns and the round wood mirror, and the moss balls on the vases give it a nice rustic look.
Farmhouse summer mantel decor
Farmhouse style is a popular decorating style that is here to stay. There are certain elements that are staples in farmhouse decor, like neutral colors, vintage items, and lots of texture from natural elements, and accessories like for example wooden signs, barn stars, galvanized steel decor, and tobacco baskets. The farmhouse summer mantels in this collection all showcase this design style to perfection.
Talking about something taking center stage. How about that clock on this summer mantel in neutral colors. This clock sure makes a statement. This summer mantel definitely is the focal point of the room. And deservedly so, it is both elaborate and understated at the same time.
This farmhouse summer mantel with a big frame, vintage cameras, and mason jars features a DIY pallet wood flag.
Oh, I love this. A gallery wall and fireplace mantel decor combined. How beautiful is this lighthouse picture gallery mantel!?
Technically this one isn’t a mantel, but replace that table with a fireplace mantel and you would have the perfect summer farmhouse mantel decor. The chickenwire background is perfectly matched with the boxwood wreath and the summer banner. The wicker basket and the pitcher with lavender blooms on the shelf are the perfect finish.
Hydrangea flowers and milk glass: two staples in farmhouse decorating. Together they form a beautiful pink and white summer mantel.
This farmhouse summer mantel combines all the favorites among the farmhouse decorations: a tobacco basket, galvanized metal spheres, a wood bead garland, and a boxwood wreath. Of course, it wouldn’t be true farmhouse style without the flowers.
You knew I had to add at least one summer mantel in white! As a big-time fan of all things white, I don’t think you can go wrong with this mantel idea. The collection of white pitchers and kitchen accessories make for the perfect farmhouse summer mantel. And yes, of course, life is better in FlipFlops!
This summer mantel features architectural salvage, old signs, vintage books, and some selected coral pieces. Altogether this is a vintage farmhouse summer mantel that ticks all the right boxes.
This summer mantel is so light and bright and I love it. The straw hat is the perfect alternative to a wreath. I dig this neutral farmhouse summer mantel.
How fun is this mason jar and terracotta summer mantel? Against the backdrop of the leaning window and with the addition of the flowers and the candles this collection of jars and pots is just gorgeous.
These farmhouse-style open shelves decorated for summer are like three different mantle scapes in one. It shows that even if you don’t have a mantel to decorate you can still get that mantel decor look in your home.
A collection of summer mantels wouldn’t be complete with a 4th of July mantel. This farmhouse fourth of July mantel is just gorgeous and it doesn’t even use the traditional red, white, and blue colors.
Creative Summer Mantel Ideas with Summer Fruit
Summer is the time for fruit cocktails, sorbet ice cream, and fresh fruit salads, so why not bring that summer bounty inside into our decor. Lemon-themed decor is a longtime favorite way of decorating for the season. But some other fruits are demanding their place in summer decor too like pineapples and melons. I hope you enjoy this selection of summer mantels featuring fruit.
This Summer mantel with Lemons is something totally different. This mantel is also quite busy and has a lot going on with the big picture frames, the luscious mantel swag and all the bright yellow oranges. And yet because the mantel sticks to a theme, it totally works. Not to mention how gorgeous that vintage old mantel itself is.
A simple summer mantel that showcases small pineapple plants. Turn your summer dessert into your mantel decor, what a fun idea! Love this pineapple summer mantel.
This summer mantel decor (on a piano) has a fun-filled summer day written all over. The lemonade-themed mantel looks bright, and colorful and draws attention.
This DIY lemon wreath is the perfect center for a summer mantel. I love that is layered on an old vanity mirror background. The aged silver and copper planters are a wonderful addition to this fresh summer mantel.
This cute little pineapple wire art is a great accessory for a summer mantel. Combined with glassware in sea colors and some rustic wooden accents this summer mantel decor has just the right fruity touch.
The big lemonade print on this cheerful summer mantel rightfully demands a prime position on this summer mantel in yellow. If you find the right print of painting decorating your summer mantel becomes so much easier.
Just two ingredients for this pretty yellow summer mantel: yellow flowers and lemons. But the flower and lemon garland together with the bright yellow twig wreath forms a cheerful summer mantel that anyone would like.
This summer mantel features a watermelon garland. The summer garland made with book pages looks like such a fun craft project and it is the perfect summertime home decor.
This summer lemon mantel is lush and vibrant and so much fun. The flowers and the vintage books are perfect companions for the green garlands on top and underneath the mantel.
Simple Summer Mantel Decorating Ideas
In the summertime, we like to spend time outdoors and hang out with friends and family, which is why so many of us like their summer decor to be light and airy. When you don’t have much time or desire for an elaborately decorated summer mantel then I have just the inspiration for you. Here are some of the best effortless summer mantel ideas that are also perfect for late summer decor and that will transition into fall effortlessly.
This summer mantel is so simple but it is also so fresh and vibrant. A large round mirror and fresh greens in blue and white pottery are all that it took for this cheerful summer look. The colors of the simple blue and white summer mantel just pop.
This cute and simple summer mantel idea uses everyday objects and is centered around a plain mirror. I can truly love the elaborate and over the top mantel decorations, but I also love summer mantels like this, where the eye can rest and each little item – as plain as a small white pitcher – can take center stage. This look is effortless, yet elegant. Love it!
The beautiful wood mirror on this simple summer mantel is a wonderful focal point. The row of pink peonies is just the perfect complement to that mirror.
When you can DIY a piece of driftwood crab art for your summer mantel, your fireplace decor really doesn’t need much more. With a piece of homemade summer wall decor like that, your mantel decor is an instant success.
This elegant and feminine summer mantel is so simple and yet so beautiful. The single vase with peony flowers, the pink sea fans, and the mirror with bejeweled sconces. A very fitting mantel for a lady’s bedroom indeed.
This understated and simple summer mantel with blue glass and yellow flowers is a great idea for late summer decor. It is summer decorating that is easy to pull off, can be updated with fresh flowers quickly, and adds just the right amount of summer vibe to your decor.
This summer mantel is a perfect example of how to transition from spring to summer and to late summer decor. Its laid-back style in complementing colors is easy to do and is perfect for everyday summer mantel decor.
A line of vintage bottles in faded aqua, a few colorful flowers, and a sea urchin is all it takes for a beautiful simple vintage summer mantel.
Rustic, simple, and understated. This summer mantel with a pallet wood wreath is easy and perfect for everyday summer decor.
This summer mantel is elegant and has a chic character. The simple row of silver and glass candlesticks and the glass mirror gives this a timeless feel. The simple, yet elegant summer mantel will work all season long.
This monochromatic summer mantel is very simple and fits in perfectly with a neutral and calm living room. A statement mirror and pottery in one single color give this mantel an airy look.
Summer Mantel Decor with TV
Decorating your mantel when there is a tv as a big and bold focal point can be difficult. But with the right amount of accessories and maybe a big and bold counterbalance for that tv you can pull it off. Enjoy these ideas for decorating a summer mantel with tv.
This farmhouse summer mantel cleverly hides the tv behind sliding barn doors. Now that is a great look and a wonderful DIY project that takes care of that pesky tv once and for all.
This summer mantel has all the beach summer vibes. The vases flank the tv perfectly and the big driftwood star above draws the attention upward away from the television.
When your tv is a frame tv and can display pictures as if it was a painting, decorating your mantel with a tv becomes easy. You choose a summer image and match your decor accordingly. Krista shows us three ways to decorate a summer mantel with a frame tv.
If the tv has to be above the mantel why not hide it. This summer mantel cleverly camouflages the tv behind a painting. Kudos to this DIY project.
This tv summer mantel is beautiful. The tv is actually a frame tv with a beautiful picture. The built-ins that flank the fireplace add balance to the whole design.
This summer mantel features a recessed tv and a nice collection of apothecary jars with sand and seashells. It is a simple way to decorate a summer mantel with tv but it works.
This rustic wood summer mantel with tv shows that what you place around your fireplace is just as important as what you put on your fireplace mantel. The rustic wood mantel forms a perfect base for the heavy look of a black tv, and the use of natural materials in neutral tones gives a balanced and light look.
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I hope you enjoyed my collection of summer mantel ideas. Have a great summer!
Marianne Songbird is the founder of Songbird, where she hopes to inspire everyone to create a home they love, one DIY project at a time. She shares anything from craft ideas to home decor inspiration and from DIY projects to decorating hacks. Originally from the Netherlands Marianne and her husband Lex are currently renovating a 250-year-old farmhouse in Germany.