This Minimalist Fall Mantel is the perfect blend of Modern and Rustic Styles to give you a cozy, yet easy to attain look as we make the transition to Autumn. See this Mantel and over 30 others!
Today’s post is coming at you from one exhausted mama. The last 5 days went from painting the living room walls, to painting to brick fireplace to completely building out a whole new fireplace and working 16+ hours a day for 5 days straight…. and I mean I’m used to working a lot… but the majority of those 16 hours were spent climbing up and down a ladder. I have SERIOUS respect for contractors who do this kind of stuff all day every day! But enough about work, let’s talk about our Minimalist Fall Mantel Styling.
I wish I had some amazing advice to give you when it comes to this particular mantel, but I literally ran through Goodwill in between trips to Home Depot and found this basket. Originally I wanted a group of smaller baskets, but this just kinda jumped out at me and here I am. After grabbing a vase I shopped my basement and attic for everything else.
Modern Rustic Minimalist Fall Mantel Decor
I didn’t really do a TON of Fall specific stuff because I’m just trying to keep things simple. The rest of this year is pretty much booked solid for us and I’d like to maintain some organization somewhere in my life. My biggest tip for any seasonal decor is: You don’t have to over do it. Just adding a few simple touches here and there will do the trick just fine.
Don’t get me wrong. I love looking at all the photos of pumpkins and Autumn leaves and coffee mugs full of all the cozy vibes. But sometimes we go through seasons that call for something different and I think we should all acknowledge that is perfectly ok. You don’t have to live up to anything that anyone else does!
Ok… It’s in the blog post title so I have to talk a tiny bit about styling ;)
Create a Focal Point
For this year’s Fall Mantel I chose one big focal point… the basket. Make sure it’s big enough to fill the space and then you can just work around it.
Create a Visual Triangle with Your Decor
The eyes like triangles when it comes to decors… and especially mantels. I’m sure there’s some scientific reason why, but I like to think it’s because it’s balanced. You can always break rules, so don’t feel like this is a requirement. It is however a great starting point. See how my focal point goes up high in the center, then it tapers off on the sides. You can add little fillers if you want.
Whenever I’m decorating I always find that when I don’t like something it’s because something just feels “off”. Typically it’s because some color or texture isn’t balanced. If something feels off pay attention to your accent colors, textures, wood tones, etc. Realign things until it feels good on your eyes.
Those are the 3 main things I do when decorating a mantel. I might do a little something different in the fireplace, or around it… but this is where I start every single time. Then you can work around it however you like!
And today I’ve been joined by some of my blogging friends who are also sharing their Fall decor ideas through their Fall mantel decor or Fall Vignette. Just click on the links below the images to see more…
- Rug – Rugs USA
- Black Wall Hanging – Free Printable
- Printable Poster Hanger – Amazon
- Glass Vase – Hobby Lobby
- Floral Stems – Hobby Lobby
- Large Basket – Thrifted Find
- Small potted leaves – Target (this also comes in a bigger version and a wreath)
- Tall Candlesticks – Hobby Lobby
- Gray Striped Vase – Crate and Barrel – here’s a similar version, mine is older.
- Stack of 3 Books – DIY Tutorial
- Gray Baskets – Ikea