6 Ways to Style Your Mantel for Fall
Fall is in full swing, and we couldn’t be happier. We look forward to the leaves turning, the crisp days and cozy nights that come with the season, and, of course, the decorating opportunities that abound with the onset of the holidays just around the corner. Decorating for fall can be a bit tricky, especially if you want to do more than place a few pumpkins around the house. We’ve collected a few tips to help you get in the autumnal spirit. Read on and get inspired to add some fall flavor to your space.
It’s legitimately cold in many parts of the country—though not all (here in sunny California, temperatures are stubbornly remaining above 60°F). No matter what climate you’re in, you can bring some elements of fall into your home. Incorporating natural materials such as wicker and punctuating them with some bright white decorative vases and glass elements creates a unified color story that pays homage to the season but is still site appropriate.
So much of autumn is about saying goodbye to flowers, leaves, and trees for a spell. But even though the trees are turning, they aren’t dead yet! Take the opportunity to snip a few twigs and keep them alive in your home by placing them in water as you would flowers.
A metallic motif is a lovely way to carry the mantel from fall into winter. This finish feels festive, sophisticated, and slightly irreverent. Consider spray-painting or gold-leafing some accessories, bringing in a vintage gilded mirror, or integrating mercury glass for a little sparkle.
There’s nothing wrong with a classic pumpkin-and-gourd setup. It returns every autumn for a reason. And while we have nothing against the timeless orange pumpkin, we love its elegant, slightly more exotic cousins in cooler tones and deep greens.
Feathers are a lovely textural addition to any fall motif. They’re soft to the touch, a bit wild, and super sultry. We also love how versatile they can be. They can be elegant or boho depending on how you style them. Added bonus: They never wilt, so you can use them year after year.
If you’d like to try something other than gourds, pumpkins, and the like, why not consider investing in a piece of vintage art that evokes the spirit of the season? We love that this room includes a collection of antique prints, photos, and drawings in a unified ochre hue. It’s an understated way to tip your hat to the season.