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.
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 trying to be really intentional as far as seasonal decorating goes.
I want a pretty mantel.
But my days can be long.
So, I need the process to be quick and easy.
I definitely want it to feel like Fall in our home though, which is why adding festive touches in the most commonly used areas is at the top of our cozy list.
That way, we can enjoy the best of both worlds without a lot of extra fuss or time.
Speaking of fuss, I’m a huge fan of symmetry because I love things that have balance and order.
But after going through previous Fall mantel photos for this post, my bestie S who also helps me run the TCG website challenged me to create a mantel that was asymmetrical.
So, I pulled out one of my favorite repurposed fall wreaths to create something just a little different and I actually liked it!
Here’s a look at 5 Steps to Creating an Easy Fall Mantel to 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, or a wreath.
Step 3: Start Adding Accessories
Add flowers and accessories to the left side of the mantel first. 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 Sign Inspired Mantel…
Fall Farmhouse Inspired Mantel…
Horse Trophy Inspired Mantel…
Heirloom Pumpkin-Inspired Mantel…
Elegant Fall Mantel…
White Pumpkins and Pops of Orange Inspired Mantel…
Cozy Fall Neutrals Inspired Mantel…
This year, we’ve been recovering from COVID and Strep so my only goal has been to use what we already have on hand, including greenery from our yard.
Truthfully, it feels relaxed and easy going which is exactly what we need right now.
Plus, the neutral colors will take us from Fall to Halloween to Thanksgiving and into the holiday. That way, we can continue to decorate as the season unfolds and as we have time and feel better.
Take the Pressure Off Fall Decorating…
I hope these steps have helped take the pressure off just a bit.
Keep in mind, that it doesn’t matter if you’re decorating a mantel for the seasons or for everyday life, decorate with what speaks to YOU the 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.
Other Fall Posts to Enjoy:
- Elegant Fall Home Tour
- Embracing Fall Home Tour and Blog Hop
- Fall Porch Decorating Ideas
- Fall Grapevine Wreath
- Early Fall Craft and Decorating Ideas Blog Hop