Mantel Decor Ideas : Blue, Taupe and White Palette

 See my Mantel Decor Ideas including a watery blue, sandy taupe and shell white color palette mixed with driftwood decor to reflect my love of the beach!

See my Mantel Decor Ideas including a watery blue, sandy taupe and shell white color palette mixed with driftwood decor to reflect my love of the beach!

If you’ve been following along with me here at Setting for Four then you know I have an obsession passion for decorating my fireplace mantel! Give me any excuse….like a change in seasons…or a holiday… and I’m switching things around and adding different pops of pattern and color to it!

While working on my living room makeover last week I also decorated my mantel with the coastal look and style I so love for summer!

As I mentioned before, I grew up on the sandy beaches of a northern freshwater lake and as a young girl I spent each sunny day collecting shells and driftwood, catching minnows and building huge sand castles!

(Here’s a black and white picture of my boys when they were little playing on the exact beach I grew up on!)

Easy DIY Rockin’ Photo Holder

Easy DIY Photo Holder

Our family also lived in Virginia for 3 years and we spent every minute we could by the ocean, at Virginia Beach, collecting shells and driftwood, catching minnows and building huge sand castles with our boys. Basically reliving my beach baby years as a child!

So when it comes to summer mantel decor I just naturally gravitate to watery blues, driftwood decor to add beach-side flair.

See this #QuickandEasy Living Room Makevover - Fireplace Mantel Decor

When it comes to my mantel the star of the show is this beautiful faceted mirror that I scored at HomeSense (same as HomeGoods in the USA!) and is very close to the Portico Mirror at Z Gallerie (I love this store too!).

Mantel decor in watery blues, driftwood decor for a beach-side flair!

This mirror is big and sparkly and simple but chic…and I love how much light it bounces around my living room! 

Candles and glass votives in watery blues add a pop of coastal color while the big driftwood spheres remind me of my love for collecting driftwood by the beach! 

Mantel Makeover #QuickandEasy

Driftwood and Mercury Glass Mantel Decor

Starfish add a pretty pop of creamy white and another hint of coastal decor.  Mercury glass votives and candlesticks add more sparkle.

Coastal Mantel Decor Tips


Adding a large cutwork basket filled with throws is a great way to add some easy storage to my living room and adds another pretty layer to my fireplace. 

Easy Living Room Makeover #quickandeasy decor

Decorating tip: Adding a lantern or basket to the hearth of your fireplace will give your fireplace a cohesive look!  Did you know that your eyes naturally skim a room in an F Pattern? Adding decor with visual weight ( like a lantern or basket) to the hearth will help ‘connect’ the fireplace bottom with the upper mantel…. as your eye naturally skims from top to bottom in the F Pattern!!  

Mantel Decor Ideas - get lots of interior decor tips on creating a beautiful layered decorated mantel!

I love how fab our fireplace mantel looks since we painted it from boring brown to elegant white (check out the paint makeover). It looks so fresh and bright against our wall color (Sherwin Williams Mindful Grey) and with my new white drapes!

Quick and Easy Living Room Makeover #quickandeasy

Lighting the candles at night adds a pretty glow when we are relaxing in our living room after a long day!  Ah – I can hear the waves lapping the shore right now!

Light the candles at night for a pretty glow! See all the tips on how I decorated this mantel!

How do you add summer decor to your home?

Want to see my new Quick and Easy Living Room Makeover and the Design Plan & Mood Board I created? Come take a look!:

Living Room Design Plan and Mood Board:

Get this look! A #QuickandEasy Makeover with IKEA: ee the Living Room Mood Board, Plan and Resource List to get the whole look.

Quick and Easy Living Room Makeover:

Living Room Makeover #QuickandEasy

If you have an obsession passion for mantel decor like me, you can check out last year’s summer mantel if you’d like!

I’m so thrilled to join 11 of my bloggy friends today for a ‘Fun in the Sun’ Summer blog hop! Check out 11 Amazing Summer Decor, Recipes and Craft Ideas at:

10 Plus Summer Decor, DIY, Craft and Recipe Ideas!



Domestically Speaking’s Easy DIY Beverage Tags  ~  Debbie Doo’s Patriotic Pallet Flag  ~ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia’s Succulent Basket  ~ 

Setting for Four’s Summer Mantel  ~ Clean and Scentsible ‘s Summer Patio ~  Town and Country Living’s Summer Farmhouse Bedroom  

DIY Show Off’s Birdie Garland  ~  At The Picket Fence’s Water Fountain turned Planter ~ Cupcakes and Crinoline’s Golden Mason Jars  ~ 

Sand & Sisal’s Cucumber & Melon Spritzer  ~Fox Hollow Cottage’s Summer Banner Printable


….and be sure to come back tomorrow Wednesday June 18th for the Summer Linky Party and $250 Cash Giveaway – to add more fun to your summer holiday!!!

Enter to win $250 Cash and join the linky party - 1 link on 11 blogs! 

See you tomorrow for more Summer Fun!

Join the Fun in the Sun Blog Hop to see lots of Summer DIY Inspiration!

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  1. says

    It looks so pretty Heather! Those touches of blue really make it look so summer-y. Glad to be having ‘Fun in the Sun’ with you today friend! ;-)

    • heather says

      Blue is my go-to accent color Vanessa – it’s just so easy to decorate with! Thanks for you comments and yes – sooooooo fun to be partying ‘In the Sun’ with you this week!

    • heather says

      You are so sweet to say that Shan!! Thanks for the compliments – my mantel was so fun to decorate!

    • heather says

      I’m glad you like my mantel Kim!! Yes we are both coastal lovin girls!!! :D Those pillows are so amazing I agree!

    • heather says

      You are so sweet to say that Debbie!! Thanks so much for the compliments – I’m just in love with my mantel updates too! Makes me smile every time I look at it!

  2. says

    This mantel looks SO inviting. I LOVE those Summer, Beachy colors also! I have loads of shells, star fish, sand dollars, etc, from growing up on the coast of sunny San Diego, CA. We also were lucky enough to get to live on the East Coast in Beautiful South Carolina for about 10 yrs so our shell collection just got HUGE!! I should start decorating the top of my side board as I don’t have a mantel. :( Thank you for such eye candy as your deco skills!!!

    • heather says

      Sounds like you love to collect shells too Chelle!! You could put all of those shells in bowls and large lidded jars to display them! Thanks for your compliments!

  3. says

    I loved your Tip Me Tuesday link . {thanks girl!}

    Would you like Tip Junkie to feature your blog post to over 200,000 creative women? If you upload this blog post into your Tip Junkie craft room using at least 2 images, 2 steps, and blog post URL then I can easily feature it in my RSS feed, home page, and all my social networks instantly. {squealing with delight}

    ~ Laurie {a.k.a. the Tip Junkie}

    • heather says

      Wow!! Thanks Laurie for the feature of my mantel – I’m so excited! Heading over to fill out the info! Thanks sooooo much!


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