Decorate a fall mantel to get noticed this year. Bring in the bounty the season along with tried and true decorating techniques to create a beautiful fall mantel. Celebrate fall with the best mantel you have ever created! Here’s how…
Today on Decorating Tips And Tricks we are talking about FALL MANTELS! We have lots of creative ideas for you!
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You don’t need a mantel to put these ideas into use in your home. Any horizontal surface will work.
CREATE A BACKDROP
Every mantel should have a backdrop. Something on the wall behind the mantel. Far too often the wall is left blank or a large mirror is hung there. I know, I made the mirror mistake! For years I had a beautiful gilded mirror hanging high on my mantel until one day it dawned on me that all the mirror reflected was the ceiling. Not very becoming!
A backdrop lifts our eyes up and fills in the space between the mantel and the ceiling.
I promptly took the mirror down and started looking for something that would be interesting as a backdrop and yet not get in the way of the decor on the mantel itself.
After several backgrounds, I chose a big clock. The clock had an ugly brown frame. S0 I painted it white and lightly antiqued it in a soft gray. It’s large but does not call to much attention to itself because its color is close to the wall color.
Here are a few things you might think about using as a background…
- architectural piece
- burlap stretched on a canvas
- large wreath
- large old window
- tobacco basket
- framed saying
- large empty picture frames (painted the same color or close to the wall color)
Many of you have a tv over your mantel. If you have high enough ceilings you might want to raise your tv a little bit further above the mantel so you have room to decorate it.
Don’t let having a tv deter you from decorating your mantel. Decorate around your tv if you have to! And if you can’t decorate your mantel decorate the mantel hearth.
USE SOME NATURAL FALL ELEMENTS
This is a fall mantel so make sure you add some great fall elements. There are so many fabulous fall inspired items that would look amazing on a mantel. And if they are can fool the eye or are fabulous use faux!
Here are a few things to put on a fall mantel…
- cotton bolls
- wheat sheaves
- bottles of twigs
- dried hydrangeas
One of the most basic elements of decor is to vary the heights of an arrangement. And decorating a mantel is really creating along arrangement.
Your eye will travel up and down over the objects differing in height and your mind will perceive this as attractive. Give your eye lots of peaks and valleys to travel along.
LIGHT UP YOUR MANTEL
As the days get shorter light becomes a very important element in fall decorating. Don’t forget to add candles or other things that bring light and a glow to your mantel
Here are a few ideas…
- tall, slender lamps
- candles on chunky candlesticks
I like to use battery operated candles on timers so they light up by themselves and I don’t have to worry about blowing them out before I go to bed.
Texture is fall’s best friend! Nubby, rough, bumpy, corrugated and knobby! Texture is really the secret weapon of great decor!
Here are some wonderful things you can use to add texture to a fall mantel…
- anything burlap
- anything jute
- twigs and branches
- birdhouse gourds
- raw wood
- grapevine wreaths
The burlap flowers above are from a local shop.
ADD SOMETHING UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT
It’s fun to have a little bit of something unique or whimsical on a fall mantel. I love to add garlands to drape across the front to the mantel or find interesting pumpkins or florals.
You can see how to make the leaf garland HERE.
The pumpkins below came from a local shop as well as the little wooden rounds. The pumpkins are made out of jute and I just love the nubby feel they add to this mantel.
Now, I bet you can create a fall mantel that will get noticed this year!
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