With fall in full swing I’ve keep a neutral fall fireplace mantel for the season with simple art, decor and foraged dried grasses.
I always feel that I am a little behind with setting out fall decor because I’m still in denial that summer is over (summer is my favorite). Most people love fall and is usually everyone’s favorite season. Don’t get me wrong; I like fall, but miss summer time when it fades away.
Since painting our fireplace it’s been a breeze to decorate and change items for the seasons. With a white, neutral background I can add anything I want instead of trying to play around with a dark brick background.
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How to Decorate a Fall Mantel
As I’ve gotten older I’ve become more and more minimal in just about every avenue of my life. Years ago I would drastically change my decor, but now I opt for simplicity. It’s easy to decorate your fireplace mantel by using all grasses or faux leaves, candlesticks, vintage art or even a stack of books. The possibilities are endless and you could even shopped your house and use items you already have.
Anchor the Mantel
I am leaving up this lovely arched mirror that I purchased this summer to anchor the space. With such a large fireplace (floor to ceiling) you need a piece that’s supportive enough to provide an anchor for other decor items. I added this mirror after my daughter and I painted the fireplace this summer; check out our fireplace painting tutorial.
Add Artwork to Your Fall Mantel
My next update is the art piece. The mirror anchors and the artwork balances. I found this vintage oil painting at an antique store this past summer while visiting a friend in North Carolina. I think I scored it for $15 and when I purchased it I wasn’t sure where I would place it. Then came fall…perfect for the mantel! It has lovely fall scene and colors making it perfect for this time of year.
Implement Fall Florals
I swapped out my summer greenery for some fall grasses that I found on the side of the road. I love foraging for items to use in my home; not only do they feel real (because they are) but they don’t break the bank…free is nice. These grasses dry great too. I saved some from last year and they preserved perfectly. Look around your yard, where you hike, walk or along the roadside; you will be surprised what you can find to stick in a vase. You can also find some dried grasses here in case foraging is not your thing.
Final Fall Mantel Decor
I added just a couple of vintage brass candlesticks that I’ve had for a while; originally from the thrift store, but you can find some similar ones here. Keepings things simple is so much easier and I am truly loving the less is more approach for my neutral fall fireplace mantel.
The white brick fireplace can feel a little cold, but the white also provides such a great backdrop for any decor you chose. By adding warm elements of decor it makes the space the feel warm and cozy even with all the white brick.
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