This easy and elegant fall mantel using muted versions of traditional autumn colors creates a soft and subtle twist on the season.
Fall is definitely my favorite season and one that I look forward to decorating for all year. I love the cozy vibes, the sweater weather (when it comes!), changing leaves, baking pumpkin bread, and of course, burning my favorite fall candle. Oh, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes – love those too! 😉
But as I’ve shared before, I’m not a huge fan of bright orange pumpkins or lots of orange and rust decor. I definitely favor a softer version of the season. In fact, last year, I used lots of blush pink for a very soft version! However, this year I wanted to go back to the classics, while still putting my own softer spin on it.
So the mantel I’m sharing today is a combination of both traditional colors and not. Some turning leaves in deeper shades are mixed with white and muted pumpkins to create a soft yet still rich version of the season…
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Lots of white pumpkins (large and small) mixed with my favorite heirloom Jarrahdale with their beautiful soft blue/green color. I’m totally smitten with the color of these!
I was able to find some baby boos at Trader Joe’s (yay!) and the larger white and green ones I got at a local farm. I’ve found if I want pumpkins earlier, farms are often better sources than the supermarket.
But if you can’t find baby boos yet I’ve found some faux ones that look so real! I’ve bought a few and they are great for filling in mantels or tables and for combining with real when you need more.
Eucalyptus is another favorite for mantel decorating, and it seems especially appropriate at this time of year. (This faux version is the most realistic I’ve found).
And then adding some hydrangeas from our garden helped to add in those rich but muted colors that I love, and they mix so well with the fall leaves.
Another little touch was adding some acorns that I found. If you don’t have oak trees growing in your area, you can find real dried acorns on Etsy as well as some fabulous faux ones with real caps added.
Or if you prefer, these are faux and look very real, too. I have them and have mixed them with the genuine acorns above. Either way, these are a great item to have for fall decorating! They look good in a bowl, scattered around a tablescape, or on a mantel.
My favorite brass candlesticks are making an appearance again. I love using more brass and gold metals during fall – their warmth really speaks to me during this season.
These French mason jars (I mean, how could I not love these?! Even the name is perfect!) are my favorite glass vase. Simple and chic, and so versatile, too. 😉
I love to use real turning leaves when I can, however, faux do come in handy! Especially since here in California a lot of our leaves have not yet turned.
TIP: use water in any container holding faux greens or flowers – this helps keep them more real looking!
I hope this easy but elegant fall mantel has given you some ideas for creating a fall mantel of your own! You can check out my other fall mantels by visiting the Seasonal Tours tab, and then clicking on “Fall.”
I’ve sourced most of the items I’ve used below and where I couldn’t find the same items, I’ve linked to very similar ones.
And if you can’t find real pumpkins yet or don’t want to invest in them, I’ve listed lots of faux pumpkins that look so good you could easily use them in a fall mantel of your own!
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