Okay guys, I know I’m overdoing it on the mantel pictures, but since moving into Wally Cottage, decorating this little mantel has been my greatest joy and so I can’t help but share! I’m sure you aren’t too upset about it though, right? Plus today’s post comes complete with my first “how to” video at the end! Halloween is just around the corner but you still have time to add some festive pieces into your home so today I’m sharing my 4 Tips for Decorating your Fall Mantel.
START WITH YOUR GROUNDING, FOCAL PIECES.
These are the items that will essential “ground” your design. They set the structure for how everything will lay out. For our mantel, I settled on different sized and shaped pumpkins and a stacked pile of books as my grounding pieces.
BRING IN ITEMS THAT VARY IN HEIGHT
Adding in different heights is important because it keeps everything balanced. I added in a green plant (when too close to the candlesticks may or may not have caught on fire…beware :)), and an assortment of thrifted, brass candlesticks. I love that the plant brought both needed height and texture to the overall design. And bringing in thrifted candlesticks really added character.
Accessories bring everything together. I added a marble tea light holder, a candle snuffer, and a festive skeleton for good measure. Too many trinkets and it’s clutter, too little trinkets and it’s bare… but have fun with it! Move things around and adjust your decor until it feels right. There is really no right or wrong answer.
FINISH WITH TWINKLE LIGHTS
This is a personal favorite touch of mine. I have twinkle lights just about everywhere that Jeff will allow for it. We have them strung in our bedroom, on our porch and draped on our mantel. For our mantel, I used a battery operated, wire strand which added a very delicate feel to an otherwise crowded mantel. They add such a whimsical touch and make any room feel festive and happy!
Onto the video ;)
I have been planning this video since the start of Fall but the stars didn’t align until early this week for me to film everything so it’s a little bit late to the game, but better late than never right? I had just about everything going against me and I made a ton of rookie mistakes that I won’t make in the future (like not marking where my tripod was, lighting my plant on fire, shattering my first set of twinkle lights….etc ;)) But it’s here and it’s done and I’m excited to share my first YouTube video, “How to Decorate Your Mantel for Fall.”