I thought I should share my April mantel before I change it out for different look.

April Mantel.1

I stuck with a lot of the same things from the Easter mantel changing out  a few and adding a few. Probably my favorite color combo ever is green and white. It just feels fresh and clean to me.

April Mantel 6.1

My number 1 tip on designing a mantel is layering. Even on a narrow shelf you can layer by using things such as shutters, frames, mirrors, books. My mantel is 7″ deep and yet I’m still able to fit the shutters, a couple frames, and a vase in front.

April Mantel 4.1

Another thing is texture. Texture makes it interesting and not flat, just like the layering.

April Mantel 2.1

Varying heights of items add interest too.

April Mantel 5.1

Another example of layering, texture, and varying height.

April Mantel 9.2

I’m going to be adding a little more color to the May mantel. Since I love changing my mantel so often I might change it every month this year.

April Mantel 8.1

Do you change your mantel often or only for the big holidays?

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Melissa Bielaczyc April 30, 2013 at 11:35 am

I love your mantel! Thanks for sharing.

carol jane April 30, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I just love your mantel, but I have a question please. I have a small single shutter that I put up on my mantel, and it came crashing down and broke 2 pretty white vases that were on my hearth. How do you keep yours from falling? Are they attached to the wall?

marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings April 30, 2013 at 7:02 pm

It’s so pretty! I just don’t have the decorating knack so I’m glad you share this stuff to give me ideas.
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Jen @ Cuddles and Chaos May 1, 2013 at 8:11 am

So pretty! Posts like this one make me wish I had a mantle! I’m going to have to make myself a makeshift one!
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Kara May 1, 2013 at 11:41 am

I always love your mantel arrangements Leanne! Mine is currently a hodge podge of all the breakables that Rachel wouldn’t stay away from. :(

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