Whether your home has a huge, central hearth that you have to fill up or you simply want to spruce up an old sidebar with some fun, fall mantel decorations, it’s time to learn this season’s tips and tricks to turn a simple space into a stunning showpiece. From classic harvest style to spooky Halloween-themed scenes, learn how to decorate a mantel to make the whole family give thanks, using our three favorite fall trends.
Build a Foundation for Fall Decoration
The first step to decorating a mantel for fall starts with choosing your theme and statement pieces. Deciding on the mood, color palette and message of your mantel before you start to decorate will make it easy to pick out the perfect pieces to focus on and any supplemental touches that can support the style you’re after. No matter what direction you decide to take your fall mantel decorations, always build around your biggest pieces.
If you love the warm colors that this season brings, embrace them! One option this autumn is to design your display around a fall mantel banner, which spans your entire fireplace and spells out the season in multi-colored leaves. Then, go out on a scavenger hunt to find signs of the season that you can scatter all around — even if you pick them from your own backyard, painting and placing a few pinecones or pumpkins around your hearth can really bring the feeling of fall indoors. Balance the banner and finish your look by hanging a beautiful fall mantel garland or wreath front and center.
Break Out the Halloween Mantel Ideas
When tiny ghouls and goblins come knocking on Halloween, give them something to scream about. You can switch your statement pieces out entirely or just adapt what you display around them to suit the spirit of this spooky holiday. There are a range of larger Halloween mantel decorations you can choose from, including scarves and banners, string lights, statues and wall plaques. Hang cobwebs in the corners of your fireplace to create a haunted chimney, and then really set the mood by adding candy holders, lanterns, light up signs and even wooden candle holders for Halloween.
Stand Out this Season
Incorporate one of the biggest trends of fall by using multi-colored mantel decorations that feature both traditional harvest colors and the season’s standout shades, including turquoise and metallic. The easiest way to get creative with color is to stick to a simple, singular theme. Try making a fall mantel display that repeats the same seasonal features in several different varieties, like a row of pumpkins featuring many shapes, styles and materials. Mix and match pumpkins both big and small, whether they’re real, painted, burlap, ceramic, glass, woven, wooden or even pre-lit.
Looking for more? See all of our fall mantel décor and ideas, and then share your own mantel creations with us online! Tag your fall mantel posts on Instagram using @kirklands and #myKirklands to show us how your hearth stacks up this season.