When it turns to sweater weather, these fall mantel decor ideas will help you fill your home with rustic charm.
What is your favorite thing about fall? Is it the cooler weather, the warm coffees, or the rich and vibrant hues of orange and yellows? I love all of it! Bring on the oversized sweaters and hot coffee. This is the best season of all!
When it comes to decorating my home for fall, I always go straight to the mantel first. It’s the easiest spot and is so fun to arrange.
Simple Fall Mantel Decor Ideas
I found some of the easiest and most charming ideas online and brought them here. Check them out; I think you’ll enjoy them too. Some of them remind me of something Joanna Gaines would do, while some are more rustic and others cozy.
No matter what kind of aesthetic you create in your home, I’m sure you’ll find something you love in this post.
Yellow And Orange Mantel
Sometimes all you need to do is add some yellow and orange colors to your mantel. These tiny changes from Ideas for the Home by Kenarry make a huge difference.
If you have lots of space above your fireplace, use that vertical space wisely. I love how Worthing Court made the windowpane in the middle the tallest piece. It makes the entire room feel taller. Here’s a similar style if you want to try this look on your mantel!
Balance and Symmetry
Another really important thing to consider as you design your mantel is to maintain balance and symmetry. This mantel from Stone Gable Blog is exquisitely balanced – top and bottom, and both sides are equal.
Decorate With Books
If you don’t have a fireplace, decorate a bookshelf or entertainment center. Cherished Bliss used some pumpkins and other autumn decor pieces with her books. I love how cozy it turned out.
DIY Fall Garland or Banner
This is the perfect season to create your own DIY Fall garland. The orange and yellow sunflowers are another really simple touch that makes this mantel from Hawthorne and Main look so perfect.
Decorating with words is becoming increasingly popular every year. I love how Tater Tots and Jello used both a wooden letter board and framed chalkboard to create a farmhouse fall mantel. It’s warm and inviting.
Rustic Wheat Mantel
The best way to decorate for fall is to use items from nature as a centerpiece. I love how Blooming Homestead created a backdrop for this DIY wheat wreath out of reclaimed wood. The entire thing is sheer farmhouse genius!
Not in the mood for a DIY? Check out this beautiful wheat wreath from Pottery Barn.
Vases On A Fall Mantel
On my Fall Home Tour, I shared my gorgeous modern fall mantel decor. Everything is balanced, and there’s so much texture. I loved how the stainless steel vases complement the more rustic wooden elements so well.
Orange and Black Wreath
Making your own fall wreath is a really easy way to decorate for fall! Home Fresh Ideas shows you how to make a wreath that’s perfect for transitioning to Halloween (I love that candy corn).
Blue And Green
It’s ok to deviate from the whites, oranges, and yellows you typically see on fall mantels. This one from The Happy Housie uses green and blue as the main colors, and it is quite charming.
Orange and Brown Leaves
Orange is a classic color of fall. There are ways to use it on your fall mantles that will bring bright, exciting shades of autumn to your room. This mantel from The DIY Village uses leaves in the garland and the wreath.
Family Photo Centerpiece
Use a layered creative photo frame to show off your family portrait and decorate around it for fall. I love using family pictures as the centerpiece! The rustic milk pail and felt pumpkins from Craft Create Cook all pair together perfectly.
Pumpkins and Squash
As you decorate your mantle, use a variety of similar items. Unexpected Elegance used both pumpkins and squash of diverse shades and shapes. They are both on top of the mantel and at the bottom on the floor.
Printable Wall Art
I love finding free wall art printables, and this mantel uses some that you can download for free. Download them from Wonder Mom Wannabe. They will spruce up your wall beautifully.
Blessed Fall Mantel
The top of a piano makes an ideal place to decorate in lieu of a fireplace mantel. An Oregon Cottage used two different garlands with simple flowers and pumpkins on top.
Small Fireplace Decor
Don’t think you need an expansive fireplace to decorate for fall. Anderson and Grant decorated a small electric fireplace mantel with levels, interesting textures, and antiques. It all works together so tastefully.
Rae Dunn Inspired Pumpkins
Do you like Rae Dunn? You can create your own painted pumpkins that look just like the real thing. This tutorial uses a Cricut, so if you have one, you can make these pretty pumpkins for your mantel.
What other spaces in your home lend themselves to be decorated for fall? Duke Manor Farm created a charming shelf in their kitchen. They used pumpkins and a watercolor painting of pumpkins to set the autumnal mood.
Fans of antiques and rustic decor, this one is for you! I think my favorite thing from this mantel is the pair of shutters that hold the wreath. It adds height to the mantel. I also love the touches of blue inside the book and on the antique glass.
DIY Craft Projects On the Mantel
As the weather becomes colder, it is the ideal time for arts and crafts. This mantel from Sustain My Craft Habit is full of things you can make yourself. From the painted canvas to the gold and white pumpkin, this is a crafter’s dream come true.
Rustic Pumpkin With Monogram
When you personalize your fall mantel decor, you add a unique touch to your home. This mantel from Staying Close To Home brings the outdoors in with the vibrant garland and the rustic rope pumpkin. The orange L is the ideal way to personalize it.
Halloween-Inspired Fall Mantel
Decorating for fall is so much fun – and I especially love using Halloween decor to get the season started off right. This spooky combination of thrifted framed art and wicked mini-pumpkins make the perfect mantel decor.
The Secret To Fall Mantel Decor Ideas
Did you find any ideas that you will try to copy? I hope so! If you want to create your own ideas, there are just a few things you need to remember: balance, colors, and texture.
Create a centerpiece and then balance it on either side equally. If there are too many things on one side and not another, just move things around.
Try to limit your mantel to just a few colors. The most admirable mantels will have just one main color and a few accent colors around them.
An easy way to do it is to add a variety of textures: leaves, different fabrics, and layers of picture frames.
No matter what, if it makes you happy, then do it!