Fall Mantel Ideas {autumn mantle}

This time of year always trips me up. Do I decorate the mantel for fall, and then for Halloween, and then back to fall again, and then before you know it it’s time to decorate it for Christmas? I love mantel decorating, but gooooodness that’s a lot of mantel switcheroos taking place. Hmmmmm. Maybe I’ll try to keep things simple this year and just add some Halloween, and then add some Thanksgiving when it’s time. Pfffffttt. I say that now. Who am I kidding? I’m not really known for my minimalism. But I digress…what is my point here? Do I have a point? Are you still there? Bueller? Anyone?

Ah yes, mantels. I like them. I need some inspiration for Layla’s upcoming fall mantel party and figure you might too! Let’s get to it…

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This entire room looks so warm and cozy. I want to snuggle up with that dog, read that book, and sip on some of that tea! I love the metal tree as a focal point and how the wooden candle sticks, bowl of nuts, and garden clippings compliment the earthy tones in the room. Isn’t that wallpaper fun for fall and winter? I might be sick of it come spring, but it’s adorable.

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via Homeklondike.com

Many of you feel sad because you don’t have a mantel. Don’t be sad! All you need to do is get creative with a shelf. I love this simple display of gourds, berries, and a cornhusk wreath over the mirror.

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Martha Stewart Cornhusk Wreath

I think this is my favorite mantel! I love that it’s non-traditional in gorgeous green and white and so simple. The wreath is made from snowball hydrangeas and the white handled bowl is a chamber pot! LOL!

Flickr image by melissann

Varying shades of pumpkins, cute vintage tags, pine cones, and a few sprigs of green make for a gorgeous display! Again, the simplicity is attracting me here.

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Pumpkin Rainbow Mantel by Poetic Home

Nester’s mantel last fall was lovely. We’ve all steered away from family portraits over the mantel so it’s ironically refreshing to see one up there again. I like how she used her blue pumpkin in the center and picked up the blue tones in her vase and monogram.

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Nesting Place Fall Mantel

I’m always a fan of Laura’s mantels. She has a true eye for design. Love that pallet piece with the hydrangea basket wreath.

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Finding Home Thanksgiving Mantel

And if you’ve never seen one of Michelle’s mantels, well you need to! In fact ,read up on how she created her entire mantel surround. It’s gorgeous and her mantels never disappoint.

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Sweet Something Design

Emily’s mantel from last year is so unique and original and I jut love it! It’s simple, chic, and says fall without being themey.

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Emily A. Clark Fall Mantel

Now, what do we have here? What a fantastically gorgeous-looking mantel! Okay, so this was actually my winter mantel from last year, but it really looks more fallish to me so I’ll include it in the bunch.

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Home Stories A to Z Mantel

And of course we couldn’t have a fab fall mantel review without including this perfection below. The barn picture that Kevin took, the vintage frame, the Gather sign, and the adorable firebox vignette…LOVE it all. Yep. Layla is the mantel whisperer. I look forward to her displays every year, and this year we’ll get to see her latest creation on Tuesday, September 27th for the It’s Fall Y’all party.

The Lettered Cottage Fall Mantel

So glad I have an entire month before I need to throw together a mantel. I have too many directions I’d like to go in right now.

How about you? Are you ready to bust out your pumpkins and mums or are you thinking of going a more non-traditional route this year? Talk to me!

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  1. says

    I love love love the one with the pallet! Gorgeous! This time of year trips me up to as far as decorating. I absolutely love Fall, though!


  2. says


    Thanks so much for the feature! Great company to be with!

    I will admit my wheels have been turning on my mantel for fall as well. I think I am going to go with a Halloween that transfers into general fall, but more than likely I will change my mind 10 times. Can’t wait for Layla’s party!

    Hope you are well,

  3. says

    Oh my goodness Beth! Those Fall mantels you featured are beautiful! (Thanks for the kind words about ours too) :-)
    And speaking of ours, I’m excited to get crackin’ on another Fall-inspired one this year…and I look forward to seeing you and yours at the party too!


  4. says

    I was just pouring over last year’s fall magazines today looking for inspiration for my mantel so this was perfect timing!! So much eye candy here and I can’t wait to go back up and pour over the pics some more. If it weren’t 90 degrees here I would definitely feel like some apple cider! LOL!

  5. says

    I LOOOOVE decorstig for Fall and am ITCHING to start but will hold off for another 2 weeks or so. These mantels are all very inspiring! LOVE the one with the pallet too, just not in my house though. Can’t wait for the party! XO, Pinky

  6. says

    These are all so pretty. I have an apple/school theme up right now that I never did get pics of. I’m not loving it, so I may change it up before I start the Halloween decor in late September.

  7. Beth says

    I’m aching for fall myself…but I can’t get serious about it yet…we are forecast to reach 107 tomorrow in San Antonio. In the meantime, your mantel choices are bee-you-tee-ful. Your favorite is also my favorite…light, clean and simple. Thanks for such a beautiful post today.

  8. says

    I’m pouting. Pretty mantels…I love fall but here in cajun country we have at least another 4 to 6 weeks of hot and sticky days. Can I get an amen for an early fall??

  9. says

    I’m a lazy seasonal decorator, I admit. I have a large oil painting hanging above my mantle by my mom which always stays. I like to decorate with a color of small found things. Now I have small white objects like old clocks, pitchers etc.

  10. says

    How perfect! I started pinning ‘mantle decorating ideas’ last week on pinterest and found some of these same ideas! I love that you found some new ones… thanks for the inspiration!

  11. says

    I could just sink right into that first picture and hibernate! And I love the one with the wooden pallate- I need to get my hands on one of those!

  12. says

    Such a great and useful tutorial! Lots of beautiful ideas here…On a side note I just put up my daily post “posts to ponder” about various posts I have enjoyed and I featured one of yours today!

  13. says

    Ooooh, such pretty inspiration, Beth! Mantel decorating is my absolutely favorite creative activity, and I usually try to tie each season’s mantel to my room’s accent colors somehow (turquoise and white). This has worked well for Christmas, winter and even Easter, but I’m a little stuck on what to do for Fall!! Blue tones don’t really scream autumn now do they ;-)? So I’m thinking maybe chocolate browns and creams, but we’ll see! Thanks for the great post! Kerri

  14. Ashley says

    What a fun post! Just to make you feel better, I put out fall stuff in Sept, switch to Halloween in Oct, back to my fall stuff for Nov (with some turkeys and pilgrims thrown in) and then on to Chrismtas. There’s just too much holiday goodness, I can’t resist switching it up!!!

  15. says

    Guilty as charged; I’ve already got fall going on my mantel, with some vintage pics of my own “boys of fall” (and the girl, too.) Thanks for the wonderful ideas – I’m sure my mantel will evolve as the calendar pages turn and the weather begins to feel like fall.


  16. Anne Boykin says

    I’m always so happy to see so many beautiful mantels for inspiration. Wow, there’s a lot of talent out there in Blogland! Thanks for fun post.


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