Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Decorating for Autumn: 5 Gorgeous Fall Mantels for Your Home

With the cooler climate of autumn finally settling in, it is time once again to redecorate our home to relish the season. And as we shift to a warmer and cozier focus, we begin by updating the look of our favorite area for the family to assemble, the fireplace. Join Balsam Hill as we review five stylish ways to transform your mantel to promote the autumn season.

man/t’l n. – The facing of stone, marble about a fireplace, including a projecting shelf or slab above it

Pumpkins and Gourds

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Transform your fireplace into a vision of nature-inspired elegance by placing the bounty of harvest on your mantel. By using accents from nature, such as pumpkins, gourds, and feathers, you can present the sense of the autumn season into your home. Placing autumn flowers and dried foliage can also add to the pastoral look of your mantel.

Rustic Mantels

Deer Antlers and Feathers as Mantel Pieces

Complement the rustic charm of your autumn fireplace with unique and stylish accent pieces from the countryside. In this scene, the distinctive contours of the deer antlers create an earthy highlight on the mantel while its texture and color blend well and show contrast with the rough granite wall. Without the orange most associated with pumpkins, the neutral items bring varied texture and subtle tone changes and contribute to the relaxing atmosphere in the room.

Traditional Mantels

Lighting plays an essential role in decorating your mantel for the season. These beautiful lanterns, for example, bestow soft and ambient lighting over the fireplace while their smooth patina finish also provides a fine accent to the opulence of this traditional mantel. The books, candles, faux pumpkins, and added flora also hint at the color in the striped drapery. Although many of the items showcased aren’t natural, the symmetry of placement and the harmony in color legitimize this lovely traditional look.

Mirrors and Mantels

For a more transitional slant on fall mantel decor, keep accents more streamlined and simple. Distressed lettering, natural bounty, and a simple framed mirror all work in an asymmetrical fashion. The dark candlesticks on one side and the basket of flora on the other, although balanced, provide contrast in their placement and also highlight the color and texture of the season.

Candle Décor on Mantels

Luminara candles adding dimension to this elegant mantel

Enhance the soothing and calming appeal of your living room by placing candles as part of your mantel décor. The mild luminescence from the candles provides an excellent counterbalance to the fiery radiance from your hearth. This provides the ambiance for long warm nights by the fire. The uncluttered quality of this mantel also proves that less can be more for you to enjoy in your home.

Add warmth and coziness to your home this season by taking inspiration from these chic and stylish mantels.

About the Author
Dagmar Obert is a designer with over two decades of experience transforming homes into spaces that reflect comfort and elegance. Her sophisticated style emanates from her love of color, forms, and textures. From her choice of fabric to her selection of accent pieces, Dagmar pulls together the look of a room to deliver a statement of class. Surrounded by family and friends, Dagmar takes delight in turning her own home into a venue where wonderful occasions are made more memorable. Her how-to guides and inspiration articles on decorating and entertaining provide readers with unique ways to create the perfect setting for life’s cherished moments.

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