Fall Mantel Styling (Pumpkins Not Included)

Time Several Hours

Budget $ $$$

Skill Level

WORDS BY Gillian Grefe

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Published on October 23, 2019

Now that it’s finally time to use your fireplace dressing it up for the fall season is the best way to celebrate. Take your mantel’s style up a notch by adding a few seasonal touches that you can enjoy when you curl up at home on chilly nights. Capturing the aesthetic of the season doesn’t just mean scattering pumpkins and leaves across your mantel. Instead, consider a more chic interpretation of everyone’s favorite season: warm tones, natural textures, and gilded metallics.

First things first: pick a color scheme. You don’t have to go monochromatic, but incorporating different colors within the same scheme will make your mantel look professionally decorated. Love purple and oranges? Look for a piece of art that captures both hues and build out your accessories according to the tones in the artwork.

Bieszczady Mountains - Conservation Natural (26” x 38’) from Society6

When decorating a level, horizontal plane like a mantel, playing with varying the heights of your decor is key. Tall candlesticks saddled up next to a low vase is the kind of juxtaposition that creates interest for the eye and a secret to getting the designer look. As you shop for your own mantel, consider the height of each piece lined up next to each, making sure to mix highs and lows.


Every mantle needs a healthy dose of organic texture and shape to soften the mood. Think about wreaths, garlands, wood accents, or spindly branches. Introducing organic shapes instantly makes for a beautiful contrast between the straight lines of your mantel and the sharp corners of pictures, frames, and art. Even if your style isn’t Rustic, there are many ways to celebrate natural elements.

Live Olive Leaf & Myrtle Garland from Pottery Barn

Autumn is a festive time of year; metallic accents are a way to hint at that festivity. Warm tones like gold, copper, and bronze are especially suitable for the fall season. Incorporate one or two metallic accents, mixed or matched, as you execute fall mantle motif. The metallics will reflect light, casting a beautiful glow, which ultimately establishes a cozy atmosphere that’s synonymous with fall.

Brushed Gold Metal Contemporary Pillar Candleholder, Large from World Market

Try a few of these suggestions, and your mantel is ready for a night in. Need the help of a Havenly designer? Get started by taking our style quiz.

Words by Erika Torvik