5 Steps to Creating an Easy Fall Mantel

We’re sharing 5 Steps to Creating an Easy Fall Mantel today!

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 it because they’re overwhelmed with the process though.

Fall Flowers for a Festive Fall Mantel-The Crowned Goat

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?

Simple Fall Living Room Vignette-The Crowned Goat

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 which doesn’t always leave a lot of time for a lot of extra decorating.

Steps to Creating a Simple Fall Mantel-The Crowned Goat

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 sprinkled here and there in the commonly used areas of the house. 

That way, we can enjoy the best of both worlds without a lot of extra fuss or time.

Steps to Creating an Easy Mantel This Fall-The Crowned Goat

Here’s a look at 5 Steps to Creating an Easy Fall Mantel to make help make the decorating process a simple one…

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.

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 flowers and 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

Start filling in the gaps if you have any by adding fillers with textures like plants, pumpkins, or other nods to nature. Even books or baskets will work.

Step 5: 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 We’ve Used Over the Years…

Over the years, we’ve created all sorts 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.

Antique Portrait Painting Fall Mantel…

Vintage Apple Picking Inspired Mantel…

Creating a Vintage Inspired Mantel with an DIY Apple Picking Sign-The Crowned Goat

Fall Farmhouse Inspired Mantel…

using our favorite collected finds for a mantel that can be transitioned from summer to Fall with vintage horse trophies and magnolias with a…

Horse Trophy Inspired Mantel…

Heirloom Pumpkin Inspired Mantel…

and a Fall mantel with moody roses and white pumpkins…

Take the Pressure Off Fall Decorating…

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 everyday life, you guys, decorate with 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.

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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

  2. So many inspiring fall mantel ideas, CoCo! It’s my favorite tie of year so I’m always thrilled to see great fall displays. Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

    1. Thanks so much, Kathleen, I really appreciate it. I hope your Fall season is off to a great start. Hugs, CoCo

  3. I love all your fall mantel ideas, CoCo… and so many to choose from, too! I’ll be featuring you at Tuesday Turn About this week! Pinned! (Love the new blog look!)

    1. So sweet of you to feature this Fall mantel post, Julie, thanks so much I really appreciate it. Hope your Fall season is filled with all good things, CoCo

  4. Great tips CoCo! Dividing the space into thirds makes this doable. Of course, your first step of taking everything off the mantle first….let’s just say, I desperately need to do this!! The dust, well, there’s lots of it 😉 Happy Fall! Pinning

    1. I totally get ya, Cindy! I swear I have no idea how dust even gets up there sometimes 🤣 If nothing else, at least we can be sure it will get a thorough cleaning every season 🙌 Hugs, CoCo

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