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Fall Mantel Decor – 10 Looks for an Autumnal Fireplace



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1. CONSIDER NEUTRAL COLORWAYS


You might be tempted to opt for burnt oranges and reds—but a neutral fall color scheme can have just as big of an effect without looking too bold or overly bright.


'Fall is about the falling leaves swaying with the wind. In decorating your mantel for the fall, you should consider mixed incorporation of texture, pattern style, and color,' explains Stacy Lewis, Interior Designer.


'Neutral colors are the common representation of fall. The colors of dried leaves and wood are what I suggest.'


2. OPT FOR MINIMALISM


'The first and probably the most important tip is—don’t overdo it,' says Mark Cutler, Co-founder and Interior Designer at CutlerSchulze.


'I know that the change of season is exciting and the fall colors are everywhere, but remember, just as the trees are shedding and baring their branches, a bit of shedding and simplicity will go a long way to creating the perfect fall vibe.'

3. AVOID FALL CLICHES

According to Cutler, you should typically try to avoid clichés, so things like dried flowers and stacks of fake leaves should be out as a fall living room decorating idea.


'Make it about nature and natural things, but perhaps in unexpected ways,' suggests Cutler.


'For instance, instead of stacks of dried grass, maybe a few platters of natural woven material will appear to be more dramatic and sculptural.'

4. LOOK FOR UNEXPECTED WAYS TO USE WARM TONES


'I like to look for those warm tones in things other than just pumpkins and gourds,' says Cutler.


'Try incorporating some metals like bronze or copper, maybe using them in candle sticks of sculptural elements or as statement pieces.'

5. FORAGE FOR SIMPLICITY


Sometimes absolute simplicity can be best, says Cutler.


'It might be as simple as one really fantastic architectural branch laid across the mantle that captures the feeling of the change of seasons,' he explains.


Or why not make a fall garland to arrange below the mantel?

6. DON’T OVERLOOK SCENT


According to Cutler, it’s key to add some scent into your arrangement for maximum effect and it's an easy way to decorate for fall.


'Don’t forget scent too, it can be a powerful trigger, so maybe your arrangement will feature a scented candle with a woodsy smell, once again avoid the cliché of cinnamon etc, this is not a coffee shop trying to sell you a latte,' he says.

7. GO EASY ON PUMPKINS AND GOURDS


If you are looking for something more modern—but still want to incorporate classic fall tropes—repetition may be the solution. For example, you could opt for a no carve pumpkin idea.


'Try a collection of pumpkins or gourds with nothing else spread evenly across your mantle, the geometry will create a contemporary feel,' explains Cutler.

8. CHOOSE UNEXPECTED NATURAL ELEMENTS


According to Interior Designer Lisa Melone Cloughen, unexpected natural elements may offer the same cozy, kitschy feel without leaning too hard on tradition.


'Add an assortment of objects from a variety of natural elements such as shells, rocks, crystals, and even branches mixed with decorative items such as boxes, small sculptures, or metal objects,' she suggests. 'This all enhances the dynamics and mood of the mantel.'

9. USE WHAT YOU HAVE


You don’t need to go out and buy all new decor pieces just to use them for the autumn season.


Instead, Cloughen suggests using what you have; foraging through your house for pieces that might be in storage or used elsewhere.


'Candle holders and vases are great decorative additions that you may already have on hand,' she explains.


You could even create one of these pumpkin vase ideas for a stylish take on pumpkin displays.

10. GO FOR FLORALS


A mantel is usually a slim area so balance and scale are very important interior design theories to consider, says Cloughen, and a floral arrangement is a great way to add height or width.


'Flowers are beautiful any season of the year but I always especially love dried flowers and leaves or red/orange flowers during the fall months,' she explains. “They look so stunning and add a live element to your mantel.'




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