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
The Happy Housie | Rooms FOR Rent | The Turquoise Home | Jennifer Rizzo | Craftberry Bush
The Handmade Home | So Much Better With Age | Modern Glam | Grace in My Space | House by Hoff
The DIY Mommy | Jenna Kate at Home | Home Made Lovely | Maison de Cinq | Clean & Scentsible
Tatertots and Jello | A Pretty Life in the Suburbs | All Things With Purpose | Town and Country Living | She Gave it a Go
Hallstrom Home | Sincerely, Marie Designs | Life is a Party | Cherished Bliss | Lolly Jane
This is Our Bliss | Lemon Thistle | My Sweet Savannah | Summer Adams | Taryn Whiteaker
Zevy Joy | Southern State of Mind | Rambling Renovators
April N Hoff says
SO pretty!!!! I just LOVE everything you are doing with your new house, Ashley! xo
You have created a lovely look for your house. I love your concrete fireplace, with shiplap over top – would you mind sharing which shade of green for the painted shiplap that you used? X
Kathy M. says
Your focal point basket. What a great find ! I have a tobacco basket I use for all seasons. Usually I add a small seasonal wreath to the center. For autumn I have a small cotton one. Easy decorating. I like your simple decor. Very relaxing. Sometimes less is better.
Thank you for sharing your styling tips in the blog hop! I love that basket focal point and minimalist styling. There are seasons of life when it’s just what you need! Happy Fall.
Ashley Stringfellow says
I’m a little more than obsessed with your new mantel! It’s stunning and so perfectly styled for fall! Pinned
love it! but our tv is above our mantel so i’ll have to improvise to go for the same look…basket shopping i go :)
Jennifer Lifford says
I cannot tell you how much I love this entire space!! That dark color on the mantel is SO good and your styling is beautiful (especially the doodle – lol!).
Jennifer S. Hadfield says
Your fireplace is so cool!! And I love the color you chose for the wall. Pinned!
Beautiful Ashley! I LOVE the cement finish on your fireplace!
I have to say, this is my most favorite mantel/room of the season, Ashley. The simplicity, balance, and earth tones of your aesthetic speak to my designing soul. That says a lot, given how many beautiful mantels are being shared this year.
We moved into our current home little over a year ago. I am so happy with how it looks (modern with a bit of boho) and functions at this point that I’m in no rush to decorate for any particular season…until Christmas that is.
I hope you get enjoy the zen of your home while navigating your busy season. Cheers, Ardith
Wow, LOVE this Ashley! You did such an amazing job!! The styling is spot on too!
Wow That is look awesome. Thanks.
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Hi! What is the paint color on the fireplace?
Can I get the name of the color above fireplace ? Thx and love it all!
Ramotion store says
I really like the idea of a fireplace, we are also doing repairs now. If you do not mind, I will borrow this fireplace design from you. Thanks:)
So beautiful! What is the paint color you used above the fireplace?
Chelsea Smith says
Hello! I love the blue/gray paint you used, what is the name of the paint color? Thank you!
Hi Chelsea! Thanks so much! So it’s actually a little bit more green. I would describe it as a grayed out green, very muted. It’s a Sherwin Williams color called Cast Iron.
Your couches look like heaven! I’m shopping around for something similar. Any details?
Beautiful! I’ve searched your site but can’t find what I’m curious about: the cement finish on your fireplace. Do you have a post on it? I love the look and was hoping you had shared about it! Thanks!
Hi. I was hoping to find out where you bought the mantle itself? Thank you.
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Amy Jorgenson says
I absolutely love this fireplace! I found the paint color in the comments for the greenish color, but I’m wondering what color the cement finish is? Or how did you do the cement finish?
Hi! I love your fireplace! What is the paint color above the mantle? I’ve been looking for something just like that! Thanks so much