5 Steps to Creating an Easy Fall Mantel

Today, I want to share with you 5 Steps to Creating an Easy Fall Mantel. Decorating the mantel for fall is a really simple way 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! These are the things I hear a lot:

  • ”You don’t understand, I don’t even know what to put up there”
  • ”I have too much stuff on the mantel and it looks cluttered now”
  • “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. Yes, 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?

Creating an Easy Fall Mantel 

This year, I’m somewhere in between as far as seasonal decorating goes. I want a pretty fall mantel but my days can be long. Especially, if I’m working on a  project out of town and I’m having to travel. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m beyond grateful for every opportunity that comes my way.  But sometimes, I feel like my schedule doesn’t leave a lot of extra time for seasonal decorating.

I want it to feel like fall in our home though, which is why I continue to make an intentional choice to add festive touches throughout.  That way, we can enjoy the best of both worlds without a lot of extra fuss or time.

Here are 5 Steps to Creating an Easy Fall Mantel to make the decorating process a simple one. Plus, a few mantel ideas to help get you started…


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

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

Add them 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.

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!

I know 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.

Take into consideration how the rest of your living room looks.  If you have a lot going on, say with bookcases or other built ins, you might want to keep it simple on the mantel so it doesn’t read as cluttered. 

On the other hand, if your living room pieces are sparse or minimal, you might want to consider creating an easy fall mantel that is full because you want it to be the focal point of the room.  

Easy Fall Mantel Ideas Over the Years

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. As I look back at these photos though, it’s fun to see how much our style has changed over the years from 


vintage inspired

to farmhouse inspired…

using our favorite collected finds for a mantel that can be transitioned from summer to fall,

and creating an easy fall living room mantel with neturals.

Taking the Pressure Off

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.

Many blessings,


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  1. Hi CoCo!
    These are some great tips on decorating a mantel. You do the same thing I do – divide it into thirds and start in the middle. My favorite styling is the last one – the easy fall mantel. You saved the best bit of advice for last – “But in the end, it’s all about what makes you happy and works best for your family.” – So true! Thanks for sharing at Homestyle Gathering! Have a great rest of the week!
    >>> Kim

    1. So excited you like these easy mantel ideas, Kim! Our mantel is around 7 feet long and sometimes I like it pack in every bit of seasonal decor I can and other times I’m all about keeping it simple 🙂 We love all things Fall so it’s definitely exciting to change things up each year. Sending you hugs and I hope you’re having the best week, CoCo

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