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Fall Mantel Decor Ideas

If you’re looking for fall mantel decor ideas, you’ve come to the right place! In this blog post, we’ll show you how to create a simple, yet elegant, fall mantel. Using a few key fall decorations and accessories, you can transform your fireplace mantel into a beautiful focal point for your living room. We’ll focus on a formula that you can use to get the perfect mantel decor every time. 

Fall mantel decorating doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. It also doesn’t have to feel inauthentic to your home. I’m a firm believer in creating seasonal decor that will fit with your design style not forcing seasonal decor onto your home. By following a few simple guidelines, you can create a stunning fall mantel that you’ll want to recreate year after year. Here are a few tips to get you started.

how to decorate your mantel for fall without changing your rooms color scheme

Choose a Color Scheme For Your Mantel

Here’s a pro tip. Fall can look like whatever you want. It doesn’t have to be the typical fall colors. You can stretch outside the box and go with whatever colors work in your home and with your personal design style!

When it comes to fall mantel decor don’t be afraid to use the color scheme of your space. It might not be traditional fall colors but we can make a fall mantel with nontraditional colors! I have a very coastal vibe in my house so the typical oranges, browns, and yellows for fall didn’t work in my space. I prefer blues and subtle neutrals. 

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This image above is the perfect example of bringing in the feeling of fall while staying within your regular color palette. I played with my favorite coastal blue colors by painting these craft store mini pumpkins. There’s a tutorial for these painted pumpkins here.

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Keep It Simple 

For my mantel, I wanted to keep it crisp and simple for fall. Playing upon the idea that everything is new again in the fall, I wanted to keep it clean and fresh by adding some fake pumpkins, and fall stems along with this gorgeous blue abstract print as a backdrop.

light blue pumpks fall mantel
blue and white fall mantel decor

Use Items of Varying Heights

Using objects of varying heights in your mantel decor helps to balance the vignette. You can do this two ways. You can create balance by making your mantel symmetrical so that whatever you do on one side you do on the other. Or you can still create balance by varying heights. So place two tall lanterns or candlesticks to the right, and then two leaning frames on the center-left.

Use Natural Elements as Fall Decor

I’m a big fan of using what you have. Not every vignette or mantel has to result in a run to the crafts stores. You can create a beautiful mantel by using what you have around the house including elements from nature. Items like foraged eucalyptus stems, branches with colorful fall leaves, or bunches of other fall foliage popped into a vase have to be the simplest way to showcase fall and it costs absolutely nothing. You can also add other fall elements like a lantern full of acorns, a bundle of wheat, or even some cotton stems.

Use What You Have Around The House

Elegant minimalist fall mantel ideas
via Lemon Grove Lane

Along the same lines as finding items in nature, you can shop your home for pieces to add to your fall mantel. Decor doesn’t always mean running out to the store and buying all new fall decor for your mantel. Chances are you have elements in your house right now that you can use to add to your mantel to make it warm and cozy. Think about brass figurines, brass candlesticks, artwork, vessels of any kind, small trinkets, etc.

You Need Pumpkins and Gourds

What is a fall mantel without pumpkins? Nothing says fall like a mantel full of pumpkins. You can make it simple by adding just a few or go maximalist and fill the mantel with pumpkins.

Whether it’s painted mini pumpkins and gourds or the real thing, like this minimalist mantel display of whimsical white pumpkins, adding pumpkins to your mantel helps to create the ultimate fall mantel display. Whatever pumpkin situation you desire, I bet it will look great on your mantel.

Make it Say Fall without Saying Fall

You of course can add all the rustic fall signs to your mantel to really hammer the point home but you don’t have to. You can simply make your mantel ooze cozy fall warmth by adding simple elements like these ombre-painted pumpkins. They are completely nontraditional but they speak the language of fall. They are the focus of my coastal-inspired mantel for sure.

Use Greenery Accents like Wreaths and Garland

Another crucial fall mantel idea that helps in creating texture and layers is by adding accents such as wreaths and garlands to your mantel. Garland doesn’t typically come to mind when you think of a fall mantel but a yellow leafy garland provides such warmth to this farmhouse-style fall mantel that it is worth giving a try.

Metallics Are Welcome in Fall

Metallics like gold, brass, and copper all have fall feels because they add warmth to a space. Adding metallics also creates a look of elegance that will wow your guests. They can be added in the form of vases, trays, candlestick holders, or frames, to your fall mantel decor.

I hope this post encourages you to decorate seasonally if your heart desires it. You can add elements of coziness and create gorgeous fall mantel decor with small and subtle changes and using things you find around your home. Happy fall mantel decorating!

Do you have any fall mantel decorating tips? I’d love to hear them in the comments below! Have a great day!

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  2. Chelsea, I’m totally in love! All the blues are just beautiful. You’ve captured a coastal fall feel perfectly!

  3. wow. i love that simple piling of them, and the colors. they really work with your picture and room, yet still totally feel fall. well done!
    b

  4. I love everything about this Chelsea!! The coastal vibe is right up my alley – I, too, tried to stick closer to my actual style this fall and it feels so right!!

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