While Fall isn’t quite here, we’re planners here at Ballard Designs, and we like to start thinking about our seasonal decor a little early. The fireplace mantel is a traditional space decorated for the seasons, so we thought we’d try our hand styling this space for Fall.

Decorate your Fall mantel with blue and white chinoiserie

1. All Over Blue and White

We love the idea of taking something you really love and playing it up en masse, like blue and white. We centered our Rayne Mirror which has a blue finish with a copper patina over the mantel. Typically, a mirror this size would have been too small over this large mantelpiece, but surrounding it in plates from Bunny Williams’ Campbell House collection gives it more presence and weight.

Symmetry is an important tool in decorating, and in many cases, it’s a great way to create a strong focal point in your room (after all, every room needs one). But, you want to break that symmetry just a little so your space isn’t too rigid. We did this by grouping two blue and white Chinoiserie pumpkins to one side of the mantel, and placing a fern in a blue and white floral frog on the other.


2. Sunset Inspired Color Palette

One of our favorite ways to decorate a space is to choose a piece of art and to use it as a jumping off point for a whole room. We loved the color palette of our In the Air Art — sky blue, blush pink, gold, and little touches of ochre. With this piece as our anchor, we used two of our large vases from the Mayme Collection filled with Fall leaves, antique copper cookware, and a blue Foo Dog.

A fall mantel inspired by a sunset color palette

Are you noticing a pattern? There’s an easy formula for styling out your mantel. Start with a large art piece. We recommend a piece of art that’s about the same size as your firebox. It’s okay to go bigger, like we’ve done here, but anything smaller will feel out of proportion.

Once you’ve anchored your mantel with a piece of art, use two tall accessories on either side of the art. In our blue and white mantel, we used chinoiserie urns. Here, we used two Mayme Vases filled with fall leaves, but candle sticks or sconces can work too. Next, try an asymmetrical arrangement of smaller accessories in between your larger ones.

3. Natural Textures and Colors

One growing trend we’re seeing in home decor is more greenery, quieter spaces, and accents inspired by nature. We pulled all of these elements into this Fall fireplace. Our Vermillion in Blue art set the tone and the color palette. Because this painting is a little small for our mantel, we flanked it with two large candle sconces. The three pieces together create enough width to balance the grand scale of the fireplace.

A nature inspired Fall mantel with moss spheres and lots of texture

All of the textures of these pieces play together well — the beads have a beautifully worn patina, the painting has a simple metallic frame, and the Piper Woven Tray has a classic weave in a dark finish. They’re all different which makes the combination of accents interesting.

How do you plan to spice up your fireplace mantel for Fall?

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


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    Sheila Renee Haar

    February 16, 2018

    Love this mantel! Is the stonework real masonry or air stone?

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    September 16, 2017

    All beautiful and so different from each other. I esp like #2. Thanks for the great tips!

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      Caroline McDonald

      September 18, 2017

      Glad you like them, Cara. Thanks for leaving a comment!

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    August 10, 2017

    These are all really beautiful! Any ideas for decorainge a mantel around the dreaded television? I know you ladies talk about this issue on the podcast, but seeing some photos of how to lessen the obvious intrusion over the mantel would be greatly appreciated!

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      Caroline McDonald

      October 9, 2017

      This is a great idea! We’ll try to come up with some options.

      Until then, I would just say to decorate around your TV as though it’s a piece of art. Flank the TV with large urns or something dramatic to help balance it’s size, then keep anything under the TV low so it won’t block your view.


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