Tips on How to Decorate a Mantel for any Season

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When it comes to my decor, you know I have two requirements; cheap and easy.  After all, if it breaks the bank and takes too much time, then decorating becomes a chore. Anyone else feel this way? You have probably noticed that I’m the queen at moving decor items around the house to re decorate rather than buying new.  “Ain’t nobody got time or money for that,” right? Right. So I wanted to share a few simple tips on how to decorate a fireplace mantel, or shelf, for any season.Tips on How to decorate a mantel for any season

Tell me the truth, are you overwhelmed when it comes to styling a space?  I used to be.

Most people don’t take the time to decorate or re decorate a mantel because it’s just not worth the effort.

This is the attitude I will try to help you change!

I learned a few easy tricks on how to decorate a mantel or shelf and I want to share them with you.


  1. Use a large piece of decor in the center.   It’s always important to create an “anchor” piece, or a large visual object of interest. This can be a mirror, clock, or large vase. This blogger pictured above used a large painting.
  2. Use different layers of varying heights. This is (in my opinion) the most important part. When you start to add your smaller pieces of decor, stagger them by varying height. For example, if you have a large or tall piece, set it next to a smaller or skinnier piece.  Continue with varying the heights and weights of the objects to balance the space.
  3. Use different textures with different colors. This is also important to create visual interest, or in other words, create an exciting space to look at.
  4. Create balance on either side of the mantel. I said it was important to create different textures and create varying heights and weights, but more importantly you need to balance it all out. When you step back to look at the mantel, make sure the “weight” of the objects on the left equals the “weight” of the objects on the right.  For example, the picture below she added two different decor pieces on either side of the plate, but they both have the same “weight.”
  5. Most importantly, have fun. There isn’t an exact “science” to this, just a few loose guidelines to follow if you need a little help creating a visually exciting decorated mantel.

It doesn’t take a lot of effort to create a visually exciting fireplace mantel decorated for any season.

Let’s recap, shall we?

  • Use a large decor piece in the center
  • Use different layers of varying heights on each side
  • Use different textures and colors, and use them interchangeably

And that sums up how to decorate a mantel for any season in a nutshell!

I hope this shares some insight on how to decorate a mantel or shelf with more ease.

I used the principles that I listed above to create my own fall mantel. What do you think?

Here are more photos of my antique fireplace mantel decorated for fall.

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how to decorate a mantel for fall

How to decorate a mantel for fall

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ve been inspired to create a beautiful styled mantel for any holiday.

If you enjoyed this post I would love for you to Pin the image below to Pinterest.

How to Decorate a Mantel for any Season


How to Decorate a Spring Mantel

A Vintage Style Christmas Mantel

How to Create an Antique Fireplace Mantel from Craigslist



68 thoughts on “Tips on How to Decorate a Mantel for any Season

  1. Great tips! It took me forever to find the balance and an arrangement I liked on our mantel. Who knew these areas could be so creatively challenging?! Visiting from Think Tank Thursday party.

  2. I love this! I love decorating my mantle for the seasons. Although, with young and wild little boys at home, I learned how to be creative with nonbreakable things that are in hands reach. I can’t wait to try the coffee recipe, and so loving the mug!

  3. I love this! I wish I could have a personal decorator come help me with these things. I’m saving this to Pinterest so I can look back on it as a guide. Thank you!

  4. What a lovely mantle! I’m trying to decide what I like best, the clock, the pumpkins, the books, then antique mantle itself? I love decorating for every season, but lately my fall decorations are looking pretty tired. Rather than buying new things, every year I find a pretty piece I already own and incorporate it into the seasonal decor – love it so much more than buying something new!

  5. Gorgeous pictures and ideas here! I have a terrible eye for interior design so need all of the help I can get. You’ve given some really clear and easy steps to follow to get a beautiful result! Thanks so much for sharing with #fortheloveofblog

  6. What a beautiful mantelpiece! We have a lovely fireplace, but I do feel a bit cheated that our mantelpiece is just that bit too narrow to really put much on. I have a big mirror, but anything else needs to be draped underneath rather than sitting on the top. Yours looks stunning though – autumn is such a lovely season! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  7. Lindsey, these are helpful tips on decorating…my weakest area…sad, but we all have different gifts. That’s not one of mine, unfortunately. Your mantel is lovely. The expresso sounds delish too.

  8. Some great advice here! Our mantle place has been looking decidedly bare since we moved to our new house – my sister-in-law is painting us a canvas to be our “anchor piece” but, as it’s not finished yet, it really does make the room look bare, even with everything else in place #sharingthebloglove

  9. Your mantel is very well done and your clock anchor piece is gorgeous. Love how you put this together. Pinning and thanks for the inspiration.

  10. I love the idea of changing your mantel to suit the seasons, such a simple and effect thing to do. It looks beautiful and I’m not wishing I had a mantelpiece. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  11. Beautiful. I would love to have a fireplace because it’s always a great starting point to decorate for any season. Thank you for sharing your tips and inspiration at The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned!

  12. Oh just Wow! What an awesome looking mantelpiece. You’ve done a fab job Lindsey! I love doing things like this. We are moving home shortly and was so glad to have another large fireplace to decorate for Christmas 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC. Hope to see you next week x

  13. Your mantel looks lovely! Thank you for the great tips on how to decorating a mantel.

    Thanks for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

  14. Beautiful mantle, Lindsay! Love your blessed mug too! Featuring you at our party tonight! xo

  15. Your mantelpiece looks so pretty! I’m totally envious as I don’t have a great eye for interior design but we’re now getting to the point with our house that we need to refine it a little 😉 Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam x

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  17. Hi, these are some exciting and beautiful tips. I have a Tv set above my mantel so can you suggest some good tips regarding this situation. Would love to hear from you. Thanks in advance.

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