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…
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’ve had several backdrops over my mantels. A clock (I loved it) and big pictures and now a GATHER sign and a white tobacco basket.
The idea is to lift the eyes up and lightly layer our mantels!
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!
Right now I am using faux white pumpkins on our mantel. I’ve been seeing lots of real white mantels at local farm stands so I’ll be replacing the faux ones with real! Either way let’s see a big nod to fall on your mantel!
Here are a few things to put on a fall mantel…
- cotton bolls
- wheat sheaves
- bottles of twigs
- dried hydrangeas
VARY HEIGHT ON A FALL MANTEL
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.
One of my favorite ways to make something taller is to put a riser under it! On this fall mantel I called on my favorite risers… books! Because these books are covered with burlap they add lots of texture to the mantel too!
You can see MY FAVORITE DECOR RISERS HERE.
LIGHT UP YOUR FALL 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!
You can read all about how to USE TEXTURE IN DECORATING HERE.
Here are some wonderful things you can use to add texture to a fall mantel…
- anything burlap
- anything jute
- twigs and branches
- fall leaves
- birdhouse gourds
- raw wood
- grapevine wreaths
The baskets and leaves 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.
I’ve had this big glass jar forever and have been using it on the mantel with larger branches in it. One designer tip is to hide the ends of the branches in something interesting. I used faux white pumpkins I painted white.
Isn’t that a fun fall look! Have you ever painted your faux orange pumpkins white? If not, you should because they are so pretty! See HOW TO PAINT PUMPKINS WHITE here.
I’ve carried the fall theme down off the mantel and on to the hearth below! It’s such a nice look! Make sure you add a nod to the season on your hearth.
Now, I bet you can create a fall mantel that will get noticed this year!