How to Decorate a Mantel for Fall

Fall is all about celebrating the cozy. With these seasonal decorations, your home will be all set for a fall refresh.

Rustic mantel with dark stain photo

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Rustic Wood Mantel Shelf

You don't need a fireplace to decorate a mantel for fall. Make your own shelf by hanging this rustic mantel on a wall—and it looks even better against a stone background. Perfect for any time of the year, this wood mantel is the foundation for displaying all of your favorite fall decor. Gather your gourds and light the candles: Things are about to get cozy.

Price: $242

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Taper candle holder with a brass finish photo

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Antique Brass Taper Candle Holder

Rachael loves repurposing existing accessories by mixing and matching them to create a brand-new look. Warm tones and natural textures make perfect fall accents, like this antique brass candle holder. Play with levels by picking up candle holders of varying heights.

Price: $19

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Olive green slow-burning taper candle set photo

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Olive Green Taper Candles, Set of 4

Now it's time to play with color, and you can't go wrong with a traditional fall hue like olive green. These taper candles burn slowly so you can enjoy their warm glow all season long. Decorate your mantel with rustic red candles, too, for a complete autumn palette.

Price: $4

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Decorative acorns and pinecones photo

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Acorns and Pinecones Vase Filler

Decorating with elements from nature, like real pinecones, adds character and charm to your space, along with the fresh smell of a forest. But if you don't live near conifers, these decorative pinecones and acorns will do the trick (sans the outdoorsy aroma). Sprinkle them across your mantel to fill in the gaps, or give them a greater spotlight by placing them in a glass vase.

Price: $10

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Decorative orange pumpkins and green gourds photo

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Decorative Gourds

Nothing represents the return of chilly weather like a group of colorful gourds. Rach prefers decorating with real gourds in her home, but if you're in a pinch to decorate your mantel for fall, these decorative gourds are the next best thing—and you can use them year after year. Like the pinecones, they're great filler between other decor on the mantel or scattered throughout the house. But they make an equally eye-catching display when given center stage.

Price: $24 (usually $32)

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Decorative twig garland with autumn berries photo

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Twig Garland

Last but not least, an autumn garland is the finishing touch to tie your fall mantel display together. Tiny berries bring out the harvest hues, and the woody swag completes the natural, rustic aesthetic.

Price: $24 (usually $29)

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