Need fall mantel ideas? Don’t we all need ideas when it comes to decorating this long piece of decor real estate that becomes a big focal point? Fall lends itself to pumpkins so this year’s mantel is filled with tumbling green and white pumpkins! And I’m sharing lots of designer tips for creating a beautiful fall mantel!
This mantel was sooo easy peasy to create! And I hope it inspires you to create something fun, festive and fall on your mantel or other flat surfaces.
Wouldn’t the mantel transfer well to a table?
Here are a few designer tips that I used when styling this pumpkiny mantel…
BALANCE AND SYMMETRY
The decor on the mantel is asymmetrical. Symmetry is when one side of something is mirrored on the other side.
Asymmetry is when the things on one side of something are not the same as the other side.
There is beauty in asymmetry and creating that visual tension
Creating a balanced look is the key to a beautiful and interesting asymmetrical creation.
The visual weigh on one side of this mantel roughly balances the other side of the mantel and hearth.
Each side is differently arranged but they have the same elements on both. This is a designer trick that works!!!!
You can read more about BALANCE IN DECORATING. This is a must-read post if you love to decorate!
KEEP A TIGHT FALL COLOR PALETTE
Fall colors don’t have to be brown and orange! Choose colors that speak to you and work with YOUR decor! I love to get creative and use non-traditional seasonal colors!
This year’s mantel colors are soft browns, greens, and whites. I found some pretty green and white pumpkins at a local farm stand and they became the inspiration for my mantel this year!
USE REAL AND FAUX FALL ELEMENTS
I used real and faux pumpkins spilling across the mantel. Another trick I use often. Mix real and faux!!!!
I don’t have many of those big blue storage bins. I really dislike lugging them up from the basement! But I do keep one filled with faux pumpkins. And there are lots and lots of pumpkins in that bin!
I found some pretty green faux pumpkins on sale at the end of last season so you can imagine my surprise when the green pumpkins looks perfect together! Decorating serendipity!
And yes, you can tell the difference between real and faux pumpkins and I’m so okay with that! But from across my family room, the real pumpkins make the fake ones look real too!
Pumpkins are so pretty when they are grouped together. But because they are round and hard there are usually gaps between them. And those gaps often detract from the overall look!
Here’s a simple way to fill in the gaps and give any pumpkin creation a soft oh, so becoming look… add fluff!
I used seeded eucalyptus to fill in the arrangement on the mantel. I love its pretty look!
If it is not your thing, try faux leaves or stems of cotton bolls! Or how about long pinecones?
Using fluff makes a huge difference in the finished look of a pumpkin mantel!
PAY ATTENTION TO DETAILS AROUND THE FALL MANTEL
No man is an island and neither is decor!
I used the same pumpkin element and seeded eucalyptus and spilled it over to the bookshelf!
And if you look at the before and after you will see how I changed and added a few things to create a better flow!
Pay attention to detail. I think the switch from a nubby white throw to a soft white and beige throw made a huge difference!
Creating a pretty fall mantel is not hard! Especially if you are using pumpkins!
Happy FALL decorating!