Neutral Mantel Decor

Neutral Rustic Mantel decorating ideas

Is it too late to make a New Year’s resolution? I didn’t start out the new year with plans to get organized, but I have fallen into it. It seems once I started decluttering in my daughter’s room, I can’t stop. I’m really starting to crave a minimalist look. Now that we lived in our house for many years, I feel like stuff is starting to take over.

My mantel has been almost empty since Christmas, and that is a little too minimalist. I added a few of my favorite things up here, with the intent on keeping in seasonless so I can leave this until I feel like adding in some fresh seasonal decor.

Decorating a mantel with rustic finds


Keeping things organized in smaller spaces can be such a challenge. One thing I sometimes try to do is hide things in plain sight. On the mantel, I added my ever-growing supply of twine* and string into the metal basket. It frees up drawer space and looks good collected together.

Rustic Mantel Decorating ideas


In keeping with my neutral mantel decor theme, I brought out my rustic flower pots that I had up here last spring, and my DIY decorative bowl fillers. The flower pots are simple terra-cotta pots that I gave a layered look with paint.

mantel decor rustic


I kept it really simple all around, with a few books and a new rustic candlestick.

rustic candlesticks shiplap farmhouse style decor


I made a few other changes in my family room as well. I switched around the two wingback chairs and the sofa. That table between them is only temporary. Although I love it, the scale doesn’t really work well here. It was a given to my daughter for her dorm room and ended up back at my house. You can read more about my DIY burlap wall art here.

wingback chairs with nailhead trim


In my last home tour I told you about this sideboard I picked up for only $50 at an antique store. I bought it with the intend to use it as a TV/media stand in my living room. Shortly after, I was at a flea market and found the most amazing 100-year old mantel for a steal, thus changing my entire living room plan. I didn’t want to part with this piece because it’s so great for storage, so I moved out my bar cart (I have other plans for that this summer) and put this here instead.

Antique sideboard


I’m debating whether to paint this piece and maybe add a few barn door details to the sliding doors, what do you think?


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  1. I definitely feel my design needs change over time. Different periods of life need more or less neutral. This is a beautiful use of texture!

  2. I love that sideboard that you picked up. What a steal for $50! I can see it being painted if you’re looking to make a change to it.

    1. Thanks Tee, that is one of my next projects!

  3. I just love your entire fireplace – so incredibly gorgeous!

    1. Thanks Amanda, this is my favorite spot in the house!

  4. So beautiful The fireplace is amazing!
    Stopping by from the Pinnable party!

  5. Your entire room is beautiful. And I am obsessed with your fireplace. So gorgeous!

  6. Your whole mantel looks beautiful! I love the basket of twine and spools 🙂

  7. I just love the basket of twine.. so simple and yet so pretty! What a great idea to hide things in plain sight, especially for a small space!

  8. I love the neutral decor and ‘hiding’ things in plain sight. Can’t wait to see what you do with your sideboard find.

  9. Your fireplace is rally nice. I love how you blending the shiplap across the whole wall. Overall your entire living room is really nicely put together, there is a general feel of coziness from the textures I think and its bright and clean as well. Very pleasant room to visit. Thank you for posting it.

  10. I love your mantle and I love your house Roxanne it looks so calm and restful x

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