With Fall right around the corner, it may be time to start thinking about decorating your fireplace mantel to match the change in season. With brisk temperatures in the evening during this time of the year, you’ll likely spend many hours by your fireplace to relax and unwind. Why not create a stunning Autumn design which your family and guests will enjoy? So, to help give you decoration ideas which are unique and stylish, let’s cover a few excellent options in more detail below.
As this season is famous for the changing leaf colors, a Fall mantelpiece isn’t complete without the appropriate foliage added to the mix. However, a word of warning is appropriate here – it is best to use the silk replicas which are available at any local décor or craft retailer. They won’t create a mess like real leaves will, and you can also reuse them year after year.
Using these imitation leaves gives you many options, the simplest being to scatter a handful of them across your mantelpiece. This will simulate the natural look of the leaves falling outside, and give the illusion that a large tree has been dropping its foliage inside your home. This is a clever way to draw the outside indoors, and connect your décor with the seasons in a whimsical way.
Another option is to anchor each leaf carefully, using items on your mantelpiece as makeshift paperweights. How does this work? Simply place silk leaves under candlesticks, picture frames, clocks or the other accessories which you currently have displayed over your fireplace. Just be sure to keep the leaves an appropriate distance from your fireplace, as they can melt or even combust if too close to a flame.
When thinking of Autumn one plant probably comes to mind more than any other – the humble pumpkin. This unassuming gourd is synonymous with Fall, and your mantelpiece decorations won’t be complete without it. No matter what your home’s interior style, pumpkins will easily blend into your particular décor.
It is best to choose pumpkins which are the right size for your space, and when in doubt err on the small side. Otherwise, you could end up overwhelming your mantel’s new theme, and leave it looking overblown and tacky. Yet, when you add appropriately sized pumpkins as finishing touches, it will elevate the entire look of your fireplace’s lintel.
Skip over real pumpkins and opt for simulated versions instead, as again these are reusable and easier to care for as well. This isn’t a burden, as pumpkins now come in all shapes and sizes, and you can pick from a variety of different materials to suite your taste. An especially elegant touch is to use glass pumpkins, which convey the feel of Fall with a touch of sophistication.
There are many ways to use pumpkins in your decorations, using all different sizes and colors to create the right effect. One idea is to set up a row of small uniform pumpkins down the front of your mantelpiece, or you can place a single pumpkin next to each candle instead. You can even get the children involved, by giving them a chance to paint their own pumpkins. Whether they want to paint fun faces or just use solid colors, you can then display their results for everyone to see. Finally, if you prefer a modern or nautical theme to match your home’s overall style, you can paint your pumpkins white so that they fit in seamlessly.
Add Light With Candles
While candles can be placed on your mantelpiece year round, they can truly make your Fall theme come alive. The best way to do this is by selecting the right color and scent to complement your overall vision. Terrific choices include gold, orange, tan and brown as these will work well with the color palette of your silk leaves.
In terms of fragrances, you want to evoke a feeling of Fall as soon as people walk through your door. That means aromas like apple cider, cedar and of course pumpkin will add to your mantelpiece’s impact. As to their size, if you want to use tall candles rather than tea lights, the candeholder’s design and finish is critical.
For example, if you are going for a harvest motif, then rustic metal holders are the obvious choice. Tall candles work better in larger rooms, and you can give your centerpiece a more modern feel using candles with a wider diameter. Finally, don’t ignore the possibilities of small candles too, as tea lights can be placed inside ceramic pumpkins to create a beautiful indoor jack-o-lantern.
As you can see from the Fall mantelpiece ideas covered above, the sky is truly the limit. Simply pick out a few concepts that will work well in your home, and add them to your fireplace mantel for maximum effect. Your home will feel that much warmer and more inviting, as you pay homage to Autumn by matching your interior decoration to the outside elements of nature.