Do you have trouble achieving a gorgeous cohesive look when decorating? Today I am sharing fall mantel decorating tips on how to achieve the perfect fall mantel.
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My mantel is my go to for decorating. The fireplace is almost 12 feet wide with a huge beam as a mantel. Naturally with such a large fireplace it’s a great way to decorate for any season or holiday.
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Here is my fall mantel.
This pumpkin patch sign I made last year. It’s actually reversible with a Christmas tree sign on the back. To get the tutorial click here.
Fall Mantel Decorating Tips
Lets go over some guidelines, I don’t like to say rules because in decorating anything goes as long as you love it. So here are some guidelines you might want to follow.
Like, obviously right?! LOL, sorry I couldn’t help myself.
When you look at my mantel there is a large fireplace that goes all the way to the vaulted ceiling, 16 feet up. It’s 12 feet wide with a large seat for a hearth.
The big wooden beam spans about 10 feet wide and is about 12 inches deep, 6 inches tall.
With such a large foundation you can’t put a bunch of little decorations on the mantel. They would be eaten up by the size of everything. I have to use large pieces so they get seen.
First I mounted a large clock on the fireplace. That stays there year-round. I picked one that didn’t have a back because I didn’t want to hide the stone on the fireplace. (For details on how to hang a clock on a fireplace check out How to Drill into Masonry.)
I have a large lantern on the mantel that has a plant in it from IKEA. On the other side I have a large urn that I purchased from Kohl’s many years ago. They anchor the ends and my sign in the middle make up the bulk of the decor on the mantel. I added a large owl and a pumpkin to finish it off.
Everything up top was very hard so on the hearth, I decided to soften things up. On one side I have a vase with some faux flowers which I got from Pier 1 a while ago, so sad they are going out of business.
On the other side next to the fireplace tools I have a wooden box with a pillow in it. You could also have blankets in the box, that would look good too.
Color Scheme and Symmetry
In order to have a cohesive look you need to have a color scheme. As you can see I am going with white, brown and orange. I have used these colors both on the mantel as well as on the hearth.
In this photo you will see how I created symmetry with the color. I have orange on both sides up top and below, as well as the white. I have created a triangle with the color brown with the sign, flowers and the box.
And you will notice that the sign has all three colors, it’s the focal point of the whole look.
You can choose any color scheme that you like. Neutral decor is very popular. I have even seen jewel tones used in fall decor. Really it’s anything goes, it’s your home do what you like color-wise!