12 Fall Fireplace Decor Ideas to Add Even More Warmth to Your Home

Welcome autumn indoors with these gorgeous fall fireplace decor ideas and see how to style a mantel for fall with easy DIY projects using natural products.

There's nothing quite like curling up next to a fire on a crisp autumn evening. To make your home feel extra cozy, add seasonal style to your living room with these fall fireplace decor ideas. Showcase classic fall colors in your mantel decor or try a monochromatic arrangement of autumnal accessories. Embrace traditional patterns and materials, like plaid and burlap, or go modern with a minimalist display.

Whichever style you prefer, we'll show you how to use items from around the house, natural elements, and simple DIY projects to create beautiful fall mantel decor that won't strain your budget.

1. Colorful Fall Fireplace Decor

orange halloween mantel décor
Kim Cornelison

Gather an assortment of accessories to create a colorful, layered display on your mantel. This arrangement includes mini pumpkins, gourds, branches with acorns, seasonal flowers, and taper candles in various colors. Varying the sizes and shapes of your fall mantel decor creates a more visually exciting effect. Metallic vases, trays, and other vessels add depth and a shimmery touch.

2. Elegant Fall Mantel

Burgundy wreath in front of mirror above mantle
Wendell T. Webber

This sophisticated fall mantel idea will last from September through Thanksgiving. A large rectangular mirror is a backdrop for a striking burgundy wreath made from sumac stems. Decorative gold orbs and glass vases filled with seasonal grasses dot the mantel below. Although this fall mantel decor is simple, the rich colors of red and gold make it stand out.

3. White Farmhouse Fall

white pumpkins mantel fireplace décor
Edmund Barr

Let farmhouse style inspire your fall mantel decor. Here, faux white pumpkins nestled inside a rustic wood box and positioned atop a salvaged column offer an elevated twist on rustic style. Sprigs of faux fall leaves are tucked between white pillar candles on the mantel. Skeletal spider decorations and ghoulish-themed art nod to Halloween but are easy to swap out as autumn progresses.

4. Metallic and Rustic

mantel with gold fall decorations
Kritsada Panichgul

Create fall magic by combining rustic burlap and dried wheat stalks with gilded accents. Pumpkins and nuts partially coated with gold spray paint add sparkle to this fall mantel idea. To make the hanging branch embellishments, hot-glue twine to nuts and tie onto branches. When choosing pumpkins and gourds, look for some that are about a third of the height of your tallest cylinder for dynamic heights.

5. Cozy and Bright

mantel with natural fall decor
Kritsada Panichgul

Repurpose items from around your home to create inexpensive fall fireplace decor. Old cable-knit sweaters and leftover yarn, for example, can be used to wrap cylinder vases and create a garland of yarn balls. To recreate this cozy mantel decorating idea, cut the sleeves off old sweaters and stretch them over vases. Shop at secondhand or thrift stores for good deals on used sweaters if you don't want to cut any of your own. Fold the edge over the rim, securing the top and bottom with a bit of double-sided tape or hot glue if needed. Finally, add a pop of color by filling the containers with branches of fall foliage.

You can also create a soft, simple yarn ball garland for a cozy fall mantel. Wrap foam balls of various sizes in neutral yarns, securing them with pins as needed. Push a sharp pencil through the center of each wrapped ball to create holes. String balls on a length of cotton clothesline rope, pushing rope through the holes with a wooden skewer; knot the ends.

6. Simple Fall Fireplace Decor

pumpkins on coffee table
Jay Wilde

Don't want to store a bunch of fall decor for the nine months when it isn't in use? Look into accessories that can be recycled or composted at the end of the fall season. Head to your local pumpkin patch or grocery store and pick up some small pumpkins and gourds. Line a few up on your mantel for a subtle touch of fall. Accentuate the display with a vase of fresh leaves and other greenery clipped from your yard.

7. Classic Plaid

plaid-wrapped vases
Kritsada Panichgul

A trio of vases serves as the centerpiece on this fall mantel. Try wrapping inexpensive glass vases or storage containers with old belts and plaid shirts to create your own cozy fall mantel decor. Fill them with pumpkins, bittersweet branches, and dried hydrangeas, then surround the vases with additional gourds and faux leaves to round out the look. Arrange birch logs in a wicker basket below to hint at crackling fires to come.

8. Pumpkin Bonanza

Gold orange pumpkins white fireplace
Jay Wilde

Use every bit of space when decorating your fireplace for fall. Take advantage of a non-working firebox by filling it with fall accents, such as gathering pumpkins in various sizes and shapes. Pumpkins are great for fall decor because they stretch from September to Thanksgiving. To save money, opt for realistic-looking faux pumpkins instead of the real thing so you can reuse them year after year. If your fireplace is functional, keep the fall decor on the hearth or off to the side to avoid a fire hazard.

9. Back-to-Nature

Living room with fireplace and fall décor
Michael Partenio

When planning fall fireplace decor, it isn't necessary to change all the items that usually live there. Instead, add a pitcher filled with sunflowers, greenery, twigs, or colorful leaves. Swap the artwork in an existing frame with a fall print or your own photography of an autumn scene. Complete the vignette of fall mantel decor with a few miniature pumpkins and pillar candles.

10. Delicate Wreath

fall wall decor white and orange wreath
Kritsada Panichgul

Make a statement on your fall mantel with a single impactful accent. Hanging a large fall wreath or framed print above your fireplace is an easy way to decorate your living room for the season. Add some greenery and other small items to bring everything together. To add interest, vary the scale of your fall mantel decor by pairing mini pumpkins with a vase of tall branches.

11. Pops of Color

gourds on mantel
Jay Wilde

If your mantel is typically monochromatic, add some fun color to the mix for fall. Pumpkins and gourds come in various colors, including orange, yellow, green, and white. For an even more colorful display, dunk gourds into a bowl of paint to create a dip-dyed look. Let the paint drip down as it dries for a funkier finish.

12. Traditional Fall

white mantel with fall decorations
Jay Wilde

Create a gorgeous fall mantel using classic autumn elements. To build your DIY fall wreath, start with a simple grapevine wreath and tuck in layers of wheat, faux fall flowers, leaves, berries, and more. Round out this traditional fall mantel with classic motifs like leaves, pumpkins, and an adorable garland of acorns. Create a warm glow with LED pillar candles.

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