Interior Design

Mantelscaping – the latest trend to fill your home with joy this spring

Now is the time to play dress-up with your mantelpiece

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A mantelpiece is not always the focal point of a home – but this spring, it will be. As we inch towards brighter days, there is no more appropriate time to inject some joyous color into your decor, and the easiest, but nonetheless, most impressive way to do this is through mantelscaping, the latest trend to brighten our interiors. 

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What is mantelscaping? 


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Put simply, mantelscaping uses the space above your fireplace as a stage for your most treasured decorations. 

As restrictions keep the majority of us indoors, a growing number of homeowners are jumping on this trend, as it allows us to unleash our creativity, and fill our mantelpiece with things that make us happy. 

See: Living room ideas – inspiring ways to decorate and furnish your space

There is a lot to love about mantelscaping. For one, it is an opportunity to pay homage to spring – offering you the opportunity to fill your living room with flowers that will instantly lift your home out of winter and into the radiant season ahead.

Furthermore, it allows you to exhibit your favorite books, candles, or whatever you desire, by placing them in a prime position in your home. If you love something, why not show it off in the most fashionable way possible? 

Living room by Kit Kemp with mantelscaping

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Why is mantelscaping the perfect trend for spring? 

Mantelscaping in a living room

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While there are no limits to what you can showcase on your mantelpiece, flowers, or more specifically, home-grown garden flowers, are increasingly popular. In an interview for The Telegraph, floral designer Shane Connolly offered his tips on which garden treasures would work best at the forefront of your home. 

‘Lichen is so beautiful at this time of year, or flowering viburnum; or wintersweet smells incredible,' he shares. 

See: Fireplace ideas for living rooms – from style to placement, we've got you covered

Decorate with mirrors

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‘You could dig up one snowdrop, put it in a glass jar of water so you can see its roots, and watch it open. Most things survive with the soil washed off; one pot of Tête-à-tête  daffodils can be separated into five specimen vases so that the roots and the stems are visible too, which can look amazing,’ the designer concluded.  

Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles. She has a background in national newspapers in the UK and has experience in fashion and travel journalism, which she previously practised whilst living in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly enjoys writing about upcoming styles and trends for Homes & Gardens. Megan also loves discovering vintage pieces in her spare time, meaning her decor is largely influenced by the beauty of the jazz age.