Fireplace surround ideas and creative fall mantel decor. There are so many styles and ways to decorate for autumn and you don’t need a single pumpkin to do it. With many years under my belt of decorating for my favorite season I have done it all! In this post I’m sharing a round up of ten varied styles of mantels or fireplace surrounds for your inspiration and to learn tips. Plus there are 30 bloggers participating in the Seasons Of Simplicity Fall Tour hosted by The Happy Housie and you’ll want to see those.
Fireplace Surround Ideas – Creative Fall Mantel Decor
Rich Fall Color
Fall is the perfect time to experiment with rich color. Perhaps deep color and jewel tones aren’t part of your usual style, but they seem right for the season that echoes color in nature. Think pomegranate, eggplant, amethyst, burgundy and add these into your mantel, shelf or a tablescape. I love the luxe look of velvet pumpkins and the needlepoint pumpkins for fall decorating post give color and texture. You don’t need a lot, just a tad and don’t shy away from giving this a shot.
I am fortunate to live on the coast and embrace a bit of seaside shades in our homes. I’m seeing many incorporate coastal decor successfully into their homes that are landlocked coastal dreamers. You really don’t need a lot and it can be something as simple as a framed print of a vacation at the beach and a faded blue rug. For this fall mantel I displayed a few velvet pumpkins in turquoise with some eucalyptus and a Mason jar spilling over with white roses. Grab a few Mason jars and fill with fall branches for a burst of coastal fall color!
When I see what everyone else is doing I tend to turn in the opposite direction. Dare to be different (my usual mantra) with some lavender florals and white pumpkins. These lovely petals are Florida wisteria and I grabbed them from a very nice neighbor’s tree. Just another option in fireplace surround ideas that will be noticed.
Give blues a try for fall as it won’t disappoint! Hydrangeas are abundant in early fall at the flower markets and I’ve good success in drying them for longer display. Same goes for eucalyptus…they keep to use in dried flower arrangement for weeks. Chinoiserie is a favorite and I shared how to make your own Chinoiserie Pumpkins recently. Be sure to check that DIY out!
Look around outside and see what inspires you as the leaves start to turn, or in this case not! If you have access to a forest or have your own garden, it’s time to get out there and clip. Simple branches, turning leaves or in this case ferns. These ferns came from my garden but you can often purchase cut ferns inexpensively that are sold as filler at the florist. Flowers not needed, I styled this mantel with a few metallic and velvet pumpkins from my collection.
I mentioned drying out your eucalyptus and on the fall mantel decorating challenge below I styled it with some. Generally florals and petals fade as they dry out and give all the feels reflected outdoors with the subtle seasonal blooms fading out. Simple white pillar candles with natural colors in the fabric pumpkins with real stems. Keep your eyes wide open when outside and look for elements of nature that you can dry to fade. Another great and free option for fireplace surround ideas on a budget.
This fall mantel decorating idea from several years back started with a vintage copper bowl that I filled with dried hydrangea. Everything used here is vintage, with a beaded light fixture turned on it’s side, a chippy vintage gilded frame and pussy willow in an old vessel. Scour and shop your own home and start with just one thing shiny and then mix and match around that. What will you find as a centerpiece idea for your mantel?
Okay friends, I know that vintage isn’t a color yet old pieces have that patina that new simply does not! Again, everything styled on this mantel has age to it and is a whimsical way to be different in a fall fireplace surround setting.
Gold And White Color
Oftentimes the elegance of gold and white cannot be beat for any season, especially autumn. A gold glass vase filled with white roses sets the scene, along with more of the dried eucalyptus that I love. A mix of white pumpkins (and you can do this with real pumpkins too) with gold pillar candles is quiet and chic.
Say ahhh to faded grey for a farmhouse appeal. An empty and ornate flea market frame that I painted grey, a French zinc pitcher with dried hydrangeas and some random peacock feathers for fall. Fun fact…we have roaming peacocks in our neighborhood and they drop their feathers as they molt.
Fall mantel decorating is fun and not to be taken too seriously since it is easily changed. I hope that you found some inspiration in the fireplace surround ideas shown and you can definitely use these on any shelf, table or buffet in YOUR home!
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Today I’m excited to be joining a group of over 30 other talented bloggers who are also sharing a Fall Mantel or Vignette with you! Hop around to take in all this stunning inspiration…