Coastal Inspired Mantel Decor

In this post: Ideas for coastal inspired mantel decor with items you might already have at home.

Coastal Inspired Mantel Decor

I was supposed to be in Mexico a couple of weeks ago. We were going to just lie on the beach for a few days of relaxation. Obviously, with the worldwide health crisis, that was out of the question. With everything going on, this is a minor issue but I will still admit to being disappointed.

So I decided to bring a little flavor of the seaside to my landlocked home. ?

Most bloggers are weeks or even months ahead of everyone else when it comes to seasonal decor. Notice I said “most bloggers”. I am very frequently late with mine. In fact, my mantel has been sporting the same winter look since, ahem, January.

I skipped right over the spring mantel and slid straight into summer. Here’s what I did…

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Gather some coastal inspired supplies

First, I shopped my house and gathered things that looked coastal or beachy. This is what I found….

coastal inspired mantel decor ideas supplies

I didn’t use all of these items on the mantel, but it’s always good to have options. Also, I ended up having to search for a couple of non-beachy items to help round out the decor.

If you need some ideas, here are some decor items that would work well for this look:

Seashells (of course!)


Sea Fans



Green, Clear, or Blue colored glass

White or driftwood colored baskets

White or driftwood colored wooden objects

Greenery that is lighter or blue-ish in color

White or light, airy flowers

Jute rope or twine

Birds or fish

Sailboats/anchors (if you prefer a more nautical look)


Smooth rocks

Water or beach themed artwork

Did I miss anything? ?

1. Start with some of your larger items

The wicker jug was the only thing I left on the mantel after I took down the winter decor. It stayed on the left side and I just stuck some sprigs of white faux flowers inside. I also placed the green seltzer bottle next to it….

coastal inspired mantel with a basket jar

On the right, I first placed the green vase and the wicker bottle to mimic the other side. Then I decided that it needed a little more height over here, so I took a tall candle holder from my dining room table and placed it on the end….

coastal inspired mantel with sea green and white

2. Balance out the colors and sizes

So far, so good. But after placing the candlestick and the white painted wicker jar on the right, the left side needed some white. I took a swan (or is that a duck or a goose???) from my bookshelf and placed it on top of some old books. The starfish leaning against the jug added another pop of white….

coastal inspired mantel with jars of sand

3. Sprinkle in a few smalls

I added a piece of coral to the top of the candlestick and an extra seashell and a sea fan for some textural interest.

For the center of this coastal inspired mantel, I placed some jars of sand from my trips to various beaches. Just a note about the sand: A couple of these beaches now have policies against taking sand, but they did not at the time. And honestly, these jars are so small that they probably contain about the same amount of sand that you would shake out of your towels, shoes, and beach toys. But there’s also no reason you couldn’t fake it with regular sand. Just add some tiny shells and label the jar as a vacation memory anyways!

coastal inspired mantel with sand jars

I used this inexpensive label maker to label these jars of sand. It has worked very well for me. These jars of sand are several years old and the labels on all but two of them have stuck just fine. The two that pop off a little on the ends are really long words and I just need to add a dab of glue to the back.

And voilà!

A coastal inspired mantel

coastal inspired mantel with mirrors

It’s a nice, light and airy change from my winter mantel to this seaside look and I’m loving it! As much as I love to decorate, sometimes I drag my feet when it comes to taking down and putting up seasonal decor. But when it’s complete, it’s always so great to have things switched up.

coastal inspired mantel

As the last step, I also added a small basket of faux flowers to the hearth area….

coastal inspired mantel in French Country home

After I finished the mantel, I added a little seaside flavor to the cupboard in the dining room…

coastal inspired vignette with driftwood

I added faux coral, blue green colored greenery, driftwood, and a twine-covered jar of sand. I took the woolly tassels off of the garland and added the starfish. Here’s how to make the interchangeable wood bead garland.

coastal inspired mantel with coral


Sometimes it’s fun to see the decorating process in action. If you’d like to see a short video of my coastal mantel makeover, you can check out the video below.  ?


Happy decorating!

coastal inspired mantel


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  1. Beautiful! I love the beach and everything that goes along with the beach. Your mantel is peaceful and elegant at the same time. Also, I subscribed to your YouTube channel because I love watching YouTube videos. Thanks for doing this!!

  2. Your mantel looks beautiful. I’m in the process of undecorating my 4th of July mantel. I was thinking about doing a coastal mantel and after seeing yours, I just may do so. If you can’t go to the beach, bring it to your home.

    1. Thanks, Paula. This coastal mantel makes me happy. I miss the beach, but decorating with seaside flavor is the next best thing!

  3. Carrie, I love your coastal inspired mantel. The colors and textures are all so beautiful! Pinned!

  4. I love the beach as well! I have Michigan beach sand in a jar collected from a trip I had with my Father before he passed and large Florida shells my Grandmother gave me packed away. Time to get them out and enjoy. ❤️

    1. Yes, I think your beach sand and shells would be wonderful displayed somewhere for you to be able to enjoy. To me, it’s all about those special memories and seeing a reminder brings a smile! ♥️

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