Fireplace Surround Ideas – Creative Fall Mantel Decor

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.

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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.

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Coastal Color

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!

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Unexpected 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.

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Abundant Color

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!

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Natural Color

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.

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Faded Color

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.

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Shiny Color

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?

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Vintage Color

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.

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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.

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Grey Color

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.

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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…

The Happy Housie // Bless’er House // Rooms FOR Rent // House by Hoff // The Turquoise Home

The DIY Mommy // Sincerely Marie, Designs // Craftberry Bush // Amber Tysl // Just a Girl and Her Blog

Maison de Cinq // So Much Better With Age // Hallstrom Home // Shabbyfufu //
Town and Country Living

Summer Adams // Finding Silver Pennies // Paint Me Pink // Clean and Scentscible
Nina Hendrick Design

Jenna Kate at Home // Modern Glam // Place of My Taste // In My Own Style // Kelly Elko

Rambling Renovators // Just Destiny // Deeply Southern Home // Setting for Four
Willow Street Interiors // Stacy Risenmay


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  1. robin rue says:

    I always wanted a house with a fireplace. I didn’t get one, so hopefully next time it works out.

  2. Your decor is gorgeous! I don’t have a fireplace sadly. We do have a fake one though that we decorate. I have some fake pumpkins on it now.

  3. YES AND MORE YES! I need these ideas! My husband and I keep having this conversation of, HOW THE HECK TO WE DECORATE OUR HOUSE so it doesn’t look like a frat house, LOL! THIS could help!!

  4. I always wanted a fireplace to enjoy and decorate. This one is beautiful and i like all your ideas for making it look so pretty.

  5. The decor in these homes are stunning. I have a faux fireplace that I love to decorate when the seasons change.

  6. You have some wonderful decorating ideas! Can you come and decorate my house for me? LOL. I would love to do something like this around our fireplace.

  7. I love all your ideas…so delicate and feminine. I particularly like the white pumpkins with green. So pretty! Can’t wait for some fall weather and decorating!

  8. I need to declutter and update my mantel. Thanks for the ideas, I can always use inspiration.

  9. What a great roundup! I love the 2nd half of the year because I get to change out my mantle decor for the different seasons and holidays! Cannot wait to decorate it for Halloween next!

  10. So much inspiration here, Janet! I can always count on you to inspire me. I’m completely in love with the natural colors and the shiny mantel. That fresh greenery and the copper are so classic. My copper loving heart immediately gravitated to it!

  11. These are some absolutely lovely ideas, I have to admit we don’t have much room on our mantel as it is quite high and the TV is above it but I might just have to try and bring in some of these ideas!

  12. I love all your decorating ideas, Janet. And your style is so timeless – all these looks will never go out of style. Beautiful!

  13. This is totally inspiring. I need to spruce up my fireplace and these are fabulous ideas! I love adding more color to my home.

  14. Gosh Janet, what an amazing array of mantels you’ve done – and they’re all SO different! I love them all, but I am partial to the ones with lots of eucalyptus like the “faded color” version! And I’m in love with the copper bin in the “vintage color” version – I think I need that!!


  15. Perfect timing. We just moved into a new place with a wonderful fireplace in the family room.

  16. You really have done it all! I kept saying, “That one is my favorite!” “No, that one is my favorite!” “No, THAT one is my favorite!” 🙂 They are all so gorgeous! Thank you for sharing all of your beautiful ideas!

    ~Abby =)

  17. These are some great inspirations for fall mantels. I love the gold color themed idea.

  18. I love how you’re sharing all of these different looks, Janet! They’re so varied and all so beautiful. So, so inspiring!!!

  19. sara lafountain says:

    These are some really cute fall decorating ideas. I just cannot get into the fall mood until the weather cools down. I am sick of these 100 degree days!

  20. I’m not sure how I feel about the pastels for autumn. I want to be open minded, but I am also a traditionalist at heart!

  21. Can I just say I love all of it but my most favorite is the Coastal, Natural and pastel color. Well, who would not love all of these! Very appealing to the eyes.

  22. As we live in a region which is in a temperate zone, we do not have fireplaces. But have always been fascinated by them. Your fireplace surround ideas are great and take interior decoration to a fine art.

  23. I wish I could just climb into these pictures girl! So fun, so inviting and so creative! Love all of your ideas! Each one is gorgeous and unique!

  24. Such great ideas, Janet! I love all your seasonal decorating!
    Hugs, Jamie

  25. Beautiful mantel designs Janet! One was more beautiful than the next. I think you have something for everyone and certainly a variety of colour ideas. Thanks for taking part in this hop!

  26. Those pumpkins are so cute! I need to make some of those for my house, they would be perfect with the decor!!

  27. Janet, thanks so much for sharing this with me over at Blogtalk 2.0. I will be sharing your mantel tomorrow at Celebrate & Decorate.

    1. Thank you so much Chloe!

  28. Miche Ortega says:

    Every mantel is just gorgeous, and those turquoise velvet pumpkins are breathtaking! Thank you Janet.

    1. Lots of years of decorating the mantels in our home, which is always fun!

  29. Your unique color choices and displays are always so breathtaking. Your inspirations are among the best!

  30. It’s funny as I change my fireplace decor and it’s all set then I see other posts and think oh! I should do that!….These are all great options Janet! Thanks for posting them.

    1. Mantels and fireplaces are a great spot to showcase your creativity Lori!