Fall Mantel Décor to Last Longer | Ballard Designs
Fall mantel décor white objects against dark wood

How to Style Your Fall Mantel Décor to Last

As Fall arrives and temperatures cool, we like to turn our fireplaces into the fabulous focal points of our rooms. What better way to encourage family and guests to gather around a cozy, crackling fire? We dreamt up two fireplace mantels that can last from late Summer until the Holiday season.

Fall mantel décor armchair and ottoman at fireplace

Ladylike Library

Wood-paneled rooms tend to have a masculine vibe, but we wanted to brighten this library with plenty of whites and feminine details. We started with a neutral oushak-style rug from our Casa Florentina Collection and a pair of wingback chairs upholstered in an embroidered fabric.

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Fall mantel décor includes birds nest art print

Bring in Nature

With it's gestural brush strokes and natural subject, our Nest Art print helps soften the rich wood paneling in this space.

Our rule of thumb for choosing art over a mantel is that the print or painting should be the same size as the fire box.

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Fall mantel décor dark mantel with white vases

Start with Books

Nearly every time we style a fireplace mantel we like to use books. They're a great way to add height, plus they bring in color and texture. On top of a small book stack, we used a large white vase filled with cotton stems which pops against the dark wood paneling.

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Mantel décor fall cotton garland in tall vase

Embrace Asymmetry

Fireplace mantels are usually symmetrical which can make them feel very formal. We like an asymmetrical arrangement of accessories for a more collected, laid-back look. We worked cotton garland onto one side of the mantel, but balanced the height of the other side with a tall vase and taper candles.

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Large art print mantel decor

Start with Art

For this fireplace mantel, we started with an overscale art print from Miles Redd's collection. Inspired by the color palette, we used similar shades throughout the room with purple upholstery on the couch, French Blue curtain panels, and duck egg blue accessories.

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Pastel books stacked on fall mantel

Create Levels

Just like our other mantel, we started with stacks of books to create levels along the mantel. We used books in a pastel color palette, along with a piece from Suzanne Kasler's Sanremo pottery collection.

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Art overlapping on mantel decor

All About Balance

When styling a fireplace mantel, imagine you're adding things to a scale. You want the pieces on both sides of the mantel to balance without matching. Whatever you do on one side should have a similar weight on the other.

Here, we leaned a small art print against our larger one. Its visual weight balances the stack of books and urn on the other side.

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Mantel décor fresh leaves in bud vases

Work in Flowers or Greenery

Every fireplace mantel needs something live, like greenery or flowers. On the previous mantel we used faux cotton stems, but here we went with fresh cut flowers.

To echo the color palette from Miles Redd's painting, we used a mixture of small bud vases in pastels along the edge of the mantel. A single flower in each vase works perfectly and bring lively color to this space.

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