When the calendar page changes to Septemeber, we gear up for the seasonal transition and all that it entails (remember: Summer isn't officially over until September 22nd). As we say hello to fall, we also welcome cooler weather, which means more time spent indoors. And that means it's also time to start sprucing up our homes with cozy, stylish décor vignettes that make nesting more enticing.
Enter the fireplace. Not only is it the perfect place to entertain around or spend a quiet night in with loved ones or a good book, but its mantle also offers up up a makeshift display area. So we gathered up 12 low-lift, affordable mantle décor ideas to inspire your own interiors as you prep the house for fall. Without further ado, here are 12 mantel decor ideas to use the full potential of this extra surface area.
Opt for Large-Scale Artwork and Mirrors
If your space has gorgeous architectural bones like high ceilings and an elaborate fireplace, play them up with large-scale artwork. Rather than opting for little clusters of decorative objects, stick to one statement piece and make it big. An adjacent sky-high indoor plant will help, too.
Here's another strong case for large-scale artwork and an accompanying indoor tree. We also like that it's just casually leaning against the wall. Though it's a neat choice for purely aesthetic reasons, it's also a good solution for a rental if you're worried about drilling into the walls to hang something. Adding a small catch-all on the mantle for keys or small knickknacks is also a good call.
Rather than placing large-scale art on the mantle, consider a bold mirror. This can create the illusion of a bigger space for an airier, more open environment. We also love how the firewood is displayed in an open storage unit, transforming it into makeshift art.
Reflect the Color Scheme With Decorative Objects
If one big-ticket item on the mantle isn't your style, try this idea instead: Create a vignette of smaller decorative items that enhance the overall direction of the space. In fact, the mantle offers the perfect opportunity to display an array of smaller items that highlight the overall color scheme and style of the space. Here, the smoky gray glass bottles reflect the pop of turquoise and smokey mirror while the burnt orange bottles highlight all the brass items.
If your style is super modern and formal, make sure you choose items that speak to those qualities, too. This living room has several unexpected elements that keep things interesting, yet each item works well together for a cohesive whole. For example, the ceramic art on the mantle contributes to the overall color story while also complementing the geometric and raw design of the accent chair.
We love how the picture frames and décor are just casually propped up and leaning against the wall. It creates a more lived-in, relaxed vibe, so take note if that's the kind of environment you want to achieve.
Put Your Plants on Display
The mantle is the perfect place to put your smaller plants and florals on display. Fresh plants will really enliven the space and give more character. We love how this living room keeps things simple with a simple leafy plant. It really complements the easy, organic feel of the living room.
If you want to give your space a more modern twist, sometimes all it takes is an artful decorative object. We like how the choice in vase reflects the avant-garde objects and furniture throughout the space. It also frees up the surface area on your coffee table if you're entertaining guests and doesn't block any views since it's up against the wall.
Opt for a succulent if you want something low-maintenance with a longer shelf-life. It works particularly well in a bathroom where you want to exude a nice fresh feel but don't have to swap things in and out as much since you won't be hosting house guests in here as much.
Keep Things Simple and Go Bare
Here's proof that less is more. When the design of your fireplace itself is as striking as this one, don't go overboard on mantle décor. Not only will it ensure a clean, sophisticated aesthetic, but it'll also keep the eye focused on the other statement pieces throughout the room, like wall art and lighting.
If your fireplace doesn't have a mantle, try hanging a bold piece art right above it and then put your decorative pieces on top of a coffee table or side table. We love how the sleek fireplace allows our attention to focus on the gorgeous high ceilings and exposed beams.
Not all fireplaces have mantles and not all fireplaces actually work. If that's the case in your space, try painting it the same colors as the walls so it blends in seamlessly, and then block it off with a bench or similar piece of furniture. Or get creative and place a cluster of large candles where the logs would typically go to give your living room a cozier feel.