Today, I want to share with you fall mantel ideas. Decorating the mantel for fall is one of the easiest ways to add a festive and seasonal feel to your home.
I know so many people dread decorating the mantel because they’re overwhelmed with the process but you guys, you can totally do this! I hear these things a lot:
- ”I don’t even know what to put up there”
- ”I have too much stuff up there and it looks cluttered now”
- “I started but it didn’t look right so I just said forget it and walked away”
- “Are you kidding me right now? I barely had time to eat breakfast AND get the laundry done today, CoCo. I want a pretty mantel but I just don’t have time to deal with all that.”
Does any of this sound like something you can relate to?
This year, I’m somewhere in between as far as seasonal decorating goes. I want a pretty fall mantel but my work days are LONG and my travel time to various sites has all but doubled since last month. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so grateful for these new opportunities because they’re far more than I could have imagined but my new schedule doesn’t leave a lot of extra time for seasonal decorating. That being said, I want it to feel like fall in our home which is why I’m making intentional choices so we can enjoy the best of both worlds without a lot of extra fuss or time. Here are a few simple steps to make the decorating process easier and a few fall mantel ideas to help get you started too…
Step 1: Start Fresh – Take everything off the mantel (if you can) and start with a completely fresh perspective. Make sure whatever style you choose to use on the mantel it’s consistent with the style and color palette you’re using in the rest of your home. For example, having an all contemporary mantel when you have a traditional living room might not look as cohesive as having a traditional mantel using contemporary accent pieces in that same traditional living room.
Step 2: Visually divide your mantel into thirds and begin by decorating the center portion with something substantial like a piece of art, architectural salvage, an old window, a wreath…you get the idea.
Step 3: Start adding accessories to the left side of the mantel first and then balance those same pieces on the right. The key to this step is to make sure the items you’re bringing in are appropriate in scale and varied in height to the substantial piece you have in the middle.
Step 4: Add in layers of texture. This is also the step where most people also start filling in the gaps if they have any and adding fillers with textures like plants or other nods to nature and sometimes even books or baskets.
Step 5: Edit, edit, edit! This step is not always easy because sometimes removing one item can throw everything off but it’s so important not to skip this step.
If you’ve had a chance to read this post you already know we recently changed up our living room just a bit. We chose to pack the bookcases out in an effort to create a library feel which meant we had to be very intentional about what we chose to put on the mantel so it didn’t look cluttered. The picture above is how our mantel looks now for every day and this is how we changed it up with a few simple tweaks to look seasonal.
It took just a few minutes to put these pumpkin topiaries together in the urns I aged a few weeks ago. I’ll share that process with you on Thursday, it was really simple to do.
Over the years, we’ve created all sort of different looks on our mantel which is just over 7 feet long. In the beginning, I thought every inch had to be decorated but as I look back at these photos it’s fun to see how much our style has changed from moody…
to using our favorite collected finds for a mantel that can be transitioned from summer to fall.
I hope these steps have helped take the pressure off just a bit. Keep in mind, it doesn’t matter if you’re decorating a mantel for the seasons or for every day life, you guys, buy what speaks to YOU most. I know it’s easy to get caught up in what’s trending or appears to be super popular on social media but in the end, it’s all about what makes you happy and works best for your family no matter what season of life you’re in right now.
Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.