20+ Unbelievably Inspiring Fall Mantel Decorating Ideas

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If you are fortunate enough to have a fireplace with a mantel – real or faux – they should be used to decorate for the fall season. Fireplaces and mantels bring a cozy feel to a space and decorating them for fall will bring even more coziness. When decorating your fall mantel, your main focus should be balance. Balance in size, shape and color. A fall mantel can be decorated with pumpkins, candles, lanterns, leaves, garland, salvaged windows, autumn signs, etc.

They are simple to create and you can personalize them. If you don’t have a mantel, you can still recreate these decorating tips by using a shelf or bookcase. You could also consider using a bench to decorate the hearth styles we have featured below. Have a look at the ideas and let’s get started on decorating your fireplace mantel for the autumn season!

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1. This inspiring fall mantel is adorned with a bouquet of faux flowers as an eye-catching centerpiece. Above the flowers, the charming autumn sign is from OhSweetSkye. Fill in the mantel with some textured pumpkins, layering some on candlesticks for height and visual interest. (via I Dream of Homemaking)

2. This charming mantel features real pumpkins in orange and white. A harvest wreath is mounted on a salvaged window. The lanterns are from Pier1, faux leaves are from Michaels, while the basket on the hearth is from Home Goods. (via @sarahwilliamshome)

3. The sign is the centerpiece of this mantel. It is inspired by the classic movie, Hocus Pocus — adding just enough spook and plenty of fun to your Fall/Halloween decorating! Layer in various sizes of green and white pumpkins, greenery and fall foliage to complete the look. (via Joyfully Said)

4. The inspiration for this fall mantel is neutrals mixed with natural wood tones. Wood candlesticks with white pillar candles adds visual height to either side of the mantel. Plaid pumpkins and old books are layered in for texture. Affixed to an old window is a DIY wood slice wreath, get the tutorial at the provided link. All decor is from JOANN art supply store. (via Bless This Nest)

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5. This mantel is full of warm autumn decor, with a layering of signs from @harpergrayce, garland, throws and pillows. The giant acorns are ornaments from @athomestores, tied to a long piece of jute for insta garland. (via @ourfauxfarmhouse)

6. This simple fall fireplace decor features a trio of candlesticks on one side of the mantel with LED pillar candles casting a warm glow in the evening. On the other side, a glass vase filled with faux leaves.  A similar glass vase can be found at Kirklands. Complimenting the decor is a simple mini pumpkin and eucalyptus tray under the mirror. The tray is from HomeGoods. (via The Home I Create)

7. The centerpiece of this charming fall mantel is the “Welcome to the Pumpkin Patch” sign by @harpergrayce. A garland drapes over the sides of the mantel, trailing down to a stack of multi-colored pumpkins. (via @cottonstem)

8. This pretty fall mantel features a combination of gold, wood and greenery. Gold sconces from JoAnn are filled with LED Birch Pillar Candles for ambiance. Pops of color have been layered into the scheme with the two velvet wine colored pumpkins and the mustard pom pom flowers on the wreath. The wreath is a DIY using the inside part of an oval embroidery hoop, greenery and pom pom flowers. Get the tutorial at the provided link. (via Eighteen25)

9. How charming is this eclectic antique fall mantel with faux pears from Magnolia? Layers of antiques adds depth and personality to this fireplace mantel. Compliment the splash of pear color, by weighing it down with rich gold vases and wood frames. (via Liz Marie Blog)

10. Don’t have a fireplace? Use a spare wall in your home to create a faux fireplace to decorate for the seasons. Hanging above the mantel is a Pumpkin Patch sign from @harpergrayce. On the wall, the “Fall Bucket List” sign is from @dusttodesigns. Wooden candlesticks are used to layer green and white pumpkins. (via @idreamofhomemaking)

11. This simple fall pear mantel is adorned with farm fresh pears nestled on loose forest moss. You can find this at places such as Hobby Lobby or Michaels. The painting is by Hollyhocks & Hydrangeas. (via Liz Marie Blog)

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12. This beautiful living room features a fireplace mantel adorned with neutral pumpkins, layered on top of greenery. Candle sticks at either end offers height and visual interest. Loving the layering of pumpkins on the hearth! (via @mytexashouse)

13. This charming mantel features wooden candlesticks, small white pumpkins and a magnolia wreath as the centerpiece. (via Plum Pretty Decor & Design Co.)

14. This French country fall mantel decor features a neutral palette, combining elements from nature such as pine cones, oak leaves, grave vine and white pumpkins (real and faux). Spray painted metallic pumpkins are used as accents. Vintage books are stacked for height, elevating faux pumpkins. (via Serendipity Refined)

15. A rustic garden fall mantel features simple decorations including faux moss (craft stores such as Michaels or JoAnn), antiqued flower pots, a salvaged window and faux pumpkins. Attached to the antique window is a pumpkin painting by Hollyhocks & Hydrangeas to complete the look. (via Liz Marie Blog)

16. This fall fireplace mantel offers some inspiring ideas, including a “Blessings” garland from HobbyLobby. The pumpkins are from Target, while the “Hello Fall” sign is from @qbhome. Chicken wire basket is from @rodworks_arizona. (via @jaci.daily) 

17. The focal point of this fireplace mantel is the beautiful Fall banner, with each 4″x4″ letter is printed on extra heavy weight matte card stock. This could be copied as a DIY, thread with twine. Faux pumpkins adorn the mantel along with autumn foliage. (via Jane)

18. This farmhouse mantel features a fall garland for an extra pop of color. The burlap banner is a DIY, using printout letters on cardstock and hot glueing them to burlap. Get the full tutorial at the provided link. (via Clean Living Clean Eating)

19. A few fall touches adorn this mantel, including a large beautiful sign from @houseofbelonging as the focal point. Neutral elements highlight this space, including fresh pumpkins sourced from a curbside market… loving the long stems! (via The Lettered Cottage)

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20. This simple mantel decor scheme features a few pumpkins and beach grass collected from the yard. A unique candelabra has extra large 15 inch candles, adding drama and warmth. (via The Lilypad Cottage)

21. Chalkboard art is a simple and inexpensive way to add holiday messages throughout the season. This mantel features thrifted treasures on display to create a warm and inviting aesthetic. (via The Frugal Homemaker)

22. Wooden candles accent the corners of this fall mantel, complimented by a garland and a large sign with an autumn message. You could DIY your own sign with a large framed chalkboard. Don’t forget a basket of pumpkins for your hearth! (via Pinterest)

23. This simple mantel features a fall print as the focal point, along with the whimsical “GIVE THANKS” blocks, found at Tuesday Morning. A soft glow is cast behind the blocks from lights hidden behind them. Apothecary jars are filled with petite pumpkins, acorns and leaves. Add some inviting warmth to the hearth with a basket filled with pillows and a soft throw. A metal piece from Kirkland’s acts as a decorative fireplace screen. (via Adventures In Decorating)

24. How charming is this fireplace mantel decorated with wood painted pumpkins and candlesticks? A fall wreath is affixed to wood and metal frames. Framing the mantel is a beautiful garland. All items can be found at the provided link. (Kirklands)

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