Fall Mantel Decor Ideas

Ideas for adding fall decor to your mantel
faux pumpkins on top of wooden candle holders

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Today I'm sharing ideas for fall mantel decor. I've got our living room mantel all dressed up with some autumn colors and so do 15 more of my home decor blogging friends! If you're coming over from Rachel at The Ponds Farmhouse, welcome! Rachel has amazing style and I'm always inspired by everything she does. Be sure to visit her if you haven't already.

Each month our host, the lovely and talented Cindy at County Road 407, finds an inspiring image and we all make our own version of it. Our inspiration photo for our fall mantels comes from Janelle Trinette. Isn't it so cozy and charming?

When I look at this mantel I'm struck by several design elements and that's what I'm recreating with my fall mantel. Here's what I'm focusing on:

  • Various heights of tall candlesticks used to give visual interest 
  • Large black and white artwork anchoring the decor
  • Glass jar used for vase with artificial fall foliage
  • Various colors and sizes of faux pumpkins
  • Candle lantern

Overall, it's a nice mix of colors, textures, materials, and heights. Very lovely to look at.

I have many items similar to what she used on her mantel so it I didn't have to buy anything. Here's a roundup of what I used.

Fall Mantel Decor Ideas

1. Large art 

white painted brick fireplace with wood beam mantel and fall decor

A few years ago I framed several different wallpapers to use as art. I used to work in our family paint and wallpaper shop and had access to a large variety of samples. I always loved this black and white branch wallpaper and thought it would be a great anchor piece for this mantel. I think this particular one has been discontinued but I found a similar wallpaper here: Black and white tree wallpaper, if you're interested.

2. Varying heights of candle holders

faux orange and blue pumpkins on top of tall wooden candle holders

Using varying heights when decorating your mantel or shelf, or any surface really, adds such visual interest and keeps the eye flowing across the scene. I've had these wooden candleholders for several years and use them all the time. They give a very similar look to the inspiration mantel. 

3. Faux Pumpkins

antique brass finish candle lantern with natural filler and faux sienna eucalyptus branches

The great thing about using faux pumpkins is that they last forever and you can decorate with them before the real ones are available. Use different sizes, shapes, and colors to add interest. I've had mine for many years and use them each fall.

3. Faux Fall Foliage

faux sienna eucalyptus branches

The inspiration photo has a very similar set of branches that are added to a large glass jug vase. My mantel isn't quite big enough for something like that, so I used a small glass and brass candle lantern from my shop as a vase. I added some nuts and acorns to stabilize that branches and add some texture. 

4. Glass Candle Lanterns

tall wooden candle holders with faux pumpkins

Confession: I used these antique brass finish candle lanterns in my fall entry and borrowed them for the fall mantel. They have a similar appearance as the inspiration mantel, so I'll have to find something else to use in the entry. It shouldn't be too difficult since I have way too much stuff. I filled it with a bag full of natural items to add color and texture. 

5. Various colors and textures

vintage gunlocke mcm leather armchair with fall throw pillow and navy cable knit blanket

My vintage mid century modern chair stays in here all the time but looks perfect with fall decor. I added some texture with a fall colored pillow and a cable knit throw blanket. Our white painted brick fireplace adds more texture to the scene. 

fall mantel with pumpkins and branches

Now it's time to head over and see what Marty at A Stroll Thru Life has done for us this month. Marty always has beautiful ideas and you'll definitely want to hop over there.

fall decor on white painted brick fireplace mantel

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  1. You created the most beautiful fall mantel, Angie! I so much enjoyed every single picture that you shared.

  2. I agree with everything Paula said above. I love it Angie. YOur fireplace screams warm and cozy! Great tip on repurposing wallpaper too! xo laura in Colorado

  3. Angie,
    Your fall mantel looks great. So fun doing these together.

  4. So pretty Angie, that DIY branches art is beautiful!

  5. Love your mantel and the whole fireplace wall Angie! The crated demijohn and tall candlesticks are such pretty additions.

  6. Love your pretty mantel and I especially enjoyed seeing how you used pods and nuts to decorate your lantern and vase. Great idea.

  7. I love that you didn't have to purchase a thing to create your fun fall mantel. That is the best! Thank you for joining in. I always enjoy your posts. You do a great job explaining things to your readers. pinned

  8. What a fabulous idea to frame wallpaper and use it as art! I love the way your whole mantle came together and how you paired it with your mid century modern chair.

  9. What a gorgeous grouping! I love your candlesticks.

  10. Angie, This is so pretty! I am loving all the traditional fall colors with that gorgeous wood mantel!

  11. Angie, your mantel is so pretty for fall. I love the fall colored eucalyptus leaves. I’m especially pulled to your idea of using wallpaper was framed art. What a great idea.


  13. Angie, I love how your mantel tuned out!! With the whitewashed fireplace and the wooden candlesticks really set off the mantel itself. Love the pop of black, too. Really pretty for fall!!!

  14. So pretty! I love your artwork and the lantern filled with natural fall items.

    Niky @ The House on Silverado


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