Give Your Mantel a Midseason Refresh With These 6 Chic Decor Ideas

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We might be careening toward Christmas, but that’s no reason to take down the fall decorations just yet.

With several more weeks of autumn ahead, and Turkey Day just around the corner, there’s no better time than the present to give your fall decor a little midseason refresh. That’s especially true if you’ll be hosting a gathering of family and friends.

The mantel above your fireplace—working or not—is a great showplace for seasonal items that make a statement. Just change them out for a quick decor update!

We scoured the web for these six mantel decor trends that are sure to make your home’s hearth stand out this season. Get started with one of the easy ideas below.

1. Pick a color scheme worthy of fall

One of the best ways to style your mantel this fall season is by starting with a color scheme. Just as you see in this post by @prettyinthepines, you can use the colors of a favorite bowl, vase, or even framed painting to create an entire look for your mantel— turning it into a casual fall-themed art gallery.

“I love this design because it incorporates framed artwork, without feeling overly formal or rigid,” says Liza Pruitt, co-founder and curator of Liza Pruitt Art Collective. “By propping up the pieces instead of hanging them, you create a casual, inviting look—exactly what you want for fall!”

Don’t have a favorite painting yet? Find one in this stunning collection of nature-inspired watercolors on Etsy.

2. Go all-natural

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Happy Monday and first week of November… Did y’all enjoy your extra hour of sleep yesterday, I sure did.👍🏻 I also love my mini IG breaks- they keep me grounded & a little less overwhelmed … …just sharing a last week of my favorite fall looks this year. My French country inspired mantel was so fun to create🌾 Hope you don’t mind seeing a little bit more fall here for now🤷🏻‍♀️◾ This week I’m working on a Friendsgiving gathering for next weekend so I’ll be sharing details with things that will hopefully inspire you for Thanksgiving gatherings.🦃◾ However, I have been busily planning my Christmas decor for this year and I can’t wait to get started. I’m not going to reveal details but I’ll be sharing my process & it’s pretty different from last year 😉– get ready friends next week is going to be fun!!🎄also I saved a few of last years Christmas styling ideas in highlights to hold you over until this years 😉 looking back at last years decor helps me see how far I’ve come and motivates me to keep going giving me gratitude for blessings I tend to overlook. ◾ What are you wanting the most help with- tree, stairs, mantel? Just leave me your answer in the comments below. • • • • #autumndecor #falldecoratingideas #fallmantel #fireplacedesign #fireplacemakeover #rustichomedecor #frenchcountryinspired #farmhousefall #bhg #homedecortips #decoratingtips #barndoor #mantelpiece #homesweethome #homesofig #instahomedesign #americanfarmhousestyle #countrycottage #cottagesandbungalows #countrylivingmagazine #thedesigntwinslovefall #neutraldecor #falldecorating

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Another way to make your mantel really shine this November is to decorate using all-natural materials, as we see in this photo from @hipandhumblestyle.

“The layering of mirrors, vases, wheat, pumpkins, and greenery on this mantel all come together to create an in-depth and unique look that feels very sophisticated,” says Sherri Monte, interior designer for Elegant Simplicity. “Along with a relatively blank fireplace, the wheatfget and faux greenery really pop off the fireplace.”

Pick up some pumpkins or decorative squash from your local nursery, then complete the look by shopping this fall floral collection at Michael’s.

3. Get that coppery glow

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Pumpkins, eucalyptus and a few copper votives make for an easy and classic fall mantel! This was from last year and I’m sharing it for those of you who told me yesterday you like traditional fall color! Have a great night all!🍁🍂 #maisondecinq #casualchichome ________________________________________ All the products in my feed can be shopped in 1 of 3 ways: 1⃣ Download the app and follow me there! 2⃣ Screen shot any pic and then open the screen shot in the app and it will pull up the products! 3⃣ Go to, click on the “Shop” tab and then the “Shop My Home” tab.—-> #liketkit #LTKhome

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Copper accessories, thanks to their versatility and cozy warmth, are a great choice for your fall mantelpiece—as we see in this photo from @maisondecinq.

“When it comes to decorative accents, copper is a finish that simply feels perfect for a traditional fall mood, as its orangish color plays quite well with seasonal colors of autumn,” Monte says.

Refresh your fall mantel by snagging a few copper statement pieces from Etsy.

4. Make it bold and bright

Nothing is simpler than adding in a few bright candles to refresh your fall mantel decor, and nothing makes the space pop quite as much, as we see in this post from @idreamofhomemaking.

These tall candles will add height to your room, and draw the eye towards the warm glow of your mantelpiece—even if your design is otherwise very minimalist.

Get your black candlesticks from Target, then add in some flameless candles from Amazon to steal this look.

5. Layer decor for the ultimate effect

Upgrade your fall mantel decor by layering elements you already have, for example by combining your favorite hanging mirror with a seasonal wreath, as seen in this post from @nestedsanctuary.

“What I love about this particular mantel is the various heights of the layered decor,” says Monte. “Instead of everything being very low to the mantel, our eyes are drawn upwards to the focal point of the display. Layering a wreath in front of a mirror is slightly unexpected, so it complements the space well.”

Find the wreath that best suits your mantel by shopping this collection of fall wreaths from Wayfair.

6. Create a fall focal point

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All the pumpkins please!🙌🏼 We grew those Jarrahdale pumpkins and gourds in our garden this year. I’m loving how they look against the whitewashed fireplace. I’m going to save a before photo of our fireplace in my highlight stories. It amazes me what a difference paint can make. Have a wonderful Sunday everyone! . . Birch pumpkins and stands are from @mythirdandmain . 🍂 . Pumpkin Patch sign @simplyinspireddesignco 🍂 . #stonefireplace #falldecor #fallmantel #fallfireplace #fallsign #pumpkins #pumpkinpatch #homegrown #whitewash #fireplace #fireplacedecor #rockfireplace #fireplacemakeover #farmhouse #farmhousedecor #interiors #betterhomesandgardens #countrylivingmag #mycountryhome #neutralfalldecor #modernfarmhouse

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Fall decor doesn’t have to be orange. Adding a kick of greenery with a seasonal sign like this one works well to stir things up—as you can see from this post by @blessed_ranch.

“I love the idea of not only a seasonal print that swaps out easy, but complementing that artwork with a few simple season elements, like faux plants, garlands, and decor accessories that further enrich the seasonal colors,” says Monte. “Decorating with seasonal art is an excellent way to create a ‘Wow!’ in your home.”

Freshen up your home by shopping these wooden signs on Etsy.


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