One of the things that sold me on our house when we bought it last year, besides the land and the wrap around porch, was the stone fireplace.
Our stone fireplace truly makes the first floor! I mean look at…..it’s fabulous! Yes, I know I’m somewhat biased! As our Realtor showed us the house, I kept thinking of all the ways I could decorate the mantle and the fireplace. My head was reeling with ideas!
Last year, I didn’t decorate because we were just so busy planning the wedding, there was no time and it wasn’t a focus. The Fall is the first season I’m able to decorate and I think I got a little carried away! But, that’s okay because I just love it!
I chose the traditional fall colors for this year, but I think next year I will rock the muted colors. I saw so many wonderful pumpkins and I have been keeping up with sales so I can already get a head start for next year. I mean why pay full price when I can get it 60% – 75% off by buying it the year before?
My Fall colors are orange, burgundy, and gold. Going with the traditional colors made it super easy to find things and honestly, too easy. I had to make myself stop buying and decorating! The decor you choose for your mantle and fireplace doesn’t have to be over the top, y’all and honestly, if your fireplace has character as mine does, you want to compliment that character; not try to cover it up or compete with it.
In most homes, the fireplace is going to be the base for decorating as it is the most focal point and most likely, besides the kitchen where you, your family and guests will hang out. Decorate and choose around this area and then go from there.
How to Decorate + Style Your Mantle and Fireplace
Step #1: Decide on colors
As you can see, the stone is a neutral color which is extremely fortunate because I can literally go with any color. It’s not so dark or so light that I have to worry about competing colors. I like color. No, let me rephrase that. I LOVE color so I want my mantle and fireplace to pop, which means big contrast. I was able to find really bright, rich, vibrant oranges, golds, and burgundys to allow for that contrast.
Think of your mantle and fireplace as the canvas or backdrop to your Fall decor. If you have dark brick, decide what colors would go well with the color of the brick. You want to make sure that your decor doesn’t blend in with your fireplace. You don’t want to do all that work and no one can really see all your beautiful decor!
Step #2: How long will you keep your decor up?
It may seem like a strange question, but it matters because you don’t want to have elaborate decor only to have to take it down a few weeks later. Who wants to do all that work and you don’t get to enjoy the fruits of your labor? That ain’t fun! I decided to keep my Fall decorations up until Christmas. Answering this question will also help you with #3.
Step #3: Decide on decor elements.
One of the great things about Fall is that it lends itself to a limitless amount of decor ideas. I mean think about it.
- You can go complete autumn-like and have beautiful, vibrant leaves and trees, and acorns.
- You can go with the farm-like look and have scarecrows, and corn, and hay.
- You can go all natural and just have flowers and greenery.
- You can go more Thanksgiving and have all different types of pumpkins, gourds, and squashes.
- You can focus more on the weather and use throws, blankets, pillows, rugs, of all different types of textures.
- You can focus on colors, textures, and material and add a lot of copper, fur, and dark colors
Do you see what I mean? It’s a decorating haven and dream! Now, do you see why #2, decide on how long you want to keep your decor up comes before deciding how you want to decorate? As I mentioned in #2, I will keep my Fall decor up until the week after Thanksgiving so I did a mixture of all the above.
Step #4: Symmetry
Your mantle and fireplace is a big area to decorate and usually, the focal point of a very large area of your home. The larger the space, the more to decorate so that means you not only have 2 levels to decorate, but you have 2 sides as well. It’s possible you’re going to need to buy 2 of many of your items so the sides mirror each other or you purchase decor pieces that may be different but are similar in height, style, and color.
If you’re an asymmetrical type of gal, then the above isn’t going to really make much difference to you and you’re going to decorate to your heart’s desire.
Answering this question makes a big difference when it comes to your shopping list!
Step #5: Sketch it out
I’m a visual kind of gal. When I’m decorating, especially smaller areas, I draw it out on a piece of paper. Y’all, I am not an Artist by any stretch of the imagination. I mean, all my people are stick figures. Ha! But, I can draw well enough to be able to tell if something is going to look right or really crazy. Even if I sketch it out, in real life, it’s possible that it may not look right, but at least I have a better idea of what something will look like and it saves me a lot of work later buy not doing something that in my mind I thought would be wonderful, but in reality won’t work.
Step #6: Start decorating
Add height: When you’re decorating your mantle, add pieces that are high, low, and flat. You don’t have to use all of these, but you want to create some visual appeal. It’s more pleasing to see things of different height and it breaks things up!
Add some layers: Layering is another way to create visual appeal. Placing decor items on top of each other can make things more fun to look at.
Add some colors: It’s more visually appealing to look at something with various colors rather than all one color making a monotone look. Even if you use the same color, you can use different shades of the same color. Doing so will also add some depth to your mantle and fireplace.
Decorating tip: When I’m decorating, I always leave the tags on everything until I’ve made my final decision. This way it’s much easier to return things.
Decorating your mantle and fireplace for the seasons and holidays is one of my favorite parts of decorating. As you can see, when you break things down, it really is an easy process. Do you decorate your mantle and fireplace for the seasons or holidays? What are some of your favorite tips?
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