In this post: If you’re looking for a creative approach to styling a summer mantel, you’ll love these ideas for how to decorate a mantel layering floral decor.⇒
I love layering.
I’m not talking about clothing, although that works too. But no, I’m talking about in decor. Layered textures, layered patterns, layered tones. I use them all and I love the complexity they add.
But my latest project goes one step further, utilizing layered dimensions.
What exactly do I mean by that?
Well, for this seasonal mantel, I’ve tried a fresh concept layering images with objects, mixing 2D with 3D. It provides a fresh approach to vignetting and I’ll show you how to decorate a mantel using floral decor in this way.
I’m crazy about flowers all year long, but especially in the summer when there are so many options available. The color choices are plentiful and it’s a time when color and vibrance is welcome in the home.
Even for those who love their neutral decor, pops of color in florals look wonderful for summer.
But how many of us can afford to deck the entire house out in fresh flowers on a daily basis?
You can stretch your floral budget and the impact of your arrangements by layering a few bouquets with a selection of floral prints.
At its simplest, the idea is to layer 2D floral art with 3D fresh flowers to create a multi-level presentation. This works beautifully on a mantel with it’s shallow depth limitation, but could be used anywhere to create a decorative vignette. The pairing is most successful when the visuals are juxtaposed as if they were all dimensional objects.
In this case I went a step further layering mirror and glass surfaces. The vintage gilded mirror offers the perfect reflective backdrop and the vases I selected are in crystal and in glass.
Both look lovely mixed with these floral glass prints, with their sun-dappled reflections making the most of the light .
The floral prints are in fact printed directly on glass and were provided by my sponsor, Fracture.
You may recognize these as my photos from the blog, and that’s the way that Fracture works. You supply the artwork and then upload it to their website. After selecting a size, you’ll soon receive a beautiful print on glass, safely packaged and easy to hang.
The colors are lovely with just the right softness without sacrificing vibrance.
Of course, you can choose any subject you like, from family photos to your vacation favorites. If creating a vignette with one of these other categories, simply use 3D imagery that coordinates with it, like actual shells in front of a beach photo or favorite objects with images of family members.
While I enjoyed leaning my prints and layering them in this way, the glass prints would look wonderful hung on a gallery wall or even displayed individually.
And if you wind up doing a little layered vignetting, go ahead and let your creative juices run wild!
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