The snow has finally melted and flowers are beginning to bloom—so why not bring a little of the outdoors inside? Move over spring cleaning, it’s time to have some fun and decorate! Spring decorating gives you the excuse to bring some natural elements indoors. Get your fireplace mantle ready for the season with some of these easy tips that will make all of your neighbors coveting your style and wanting more.
Decorate Fireplace for Spring
Some homeowners are ambivalent to hang mirrors above their mantle because they think that they aren’t functional. No, you can’t see yourself in the mirror but it gives your room dimension and creates an illusion that your room is larger than it is. With the days a little brighter and the sunshine finally out, mirrors are a great way to add reflection and light into your main or family room.
2. Long Branches
Whether you clip them directly off of your tree or purchase some artificial branches, long tree branches (especially cherry branches) will enhance the height of your mantle and will bring some fresh garden smells into your home.
3. Wheat Grass
If you are looking for an affordable alternative to spring blossoms such as hyacinths or lilacs, consider planting some wheat grass seeds in a small or large container. If planted right, wheat grass will grow in just a couple of days. Add some real life greenery to your mantle to create a spring mantle-scape that will brighten up your living space in an instant.
4. Pebbles in Vases
Vase fillers have been popular for years. If you haven’t already gotten into this trend, spring is the best time to do so. Fill glass vases with pebbles to add an element of dimension to your flower arrangements all while giving flower stems a stable place to rest.
Ceramic planters and vases aren’t just for your front porch and patio; they are a great way to bring an element of the outdoors into your home all while maintaining sophistication and class. Try adding silk or artificial flowers or fresh flowers to a tall ceramic vase to create an indoor/outdoor look that will leave you excited for springtime.
Leslie Mason is a homemaker, garden expert, and has experience helping Arizona, California, and Utah home builders decorate their model homes. She currently lives with her husband George in Seattle, Washington.