How to decorate your fireplace mantel for fall

Pumpkin spice? No, try pumpkin EVERYTHING. Halloween might have been last week but it’s not time to abandon our pumpkin friends, or their in-laws the gourds, just yet. Hallmark may already be playing Christmas movies 24/7 but it’s still too early — for most — to put up holiday decorations, and Thanksgiving is a good three weeks away yet. So how do you keep your fall home decor looking crisp? Keep it neutral, that’s how

How to decorate your fireplace mantel for fall

Pumpkin spice? No, try pumpkin EVERYTHING.

Halloween might have been last week but it’s not time to abandon our pumpkin friends, or their in-laws the gourds, just yet.

Pumpkin spice? No, try pumpkin EVERYTHING. Halloween might have been last week but it’s not time to abandon our pumpkin friends, or their in-laws the gourds, just yet. Hallmark may already be playing Christmas movies 24/7 but it’s still too early — for most — to put up holiday decorations, and Thanksgiving is a good three weeks away yet. So how do you keep your fall home decor looking crisp? Keep it neutral, that’s how

Hallmark may already be playing Christmas movies 24/7 but it’s still too early — for most — to put up holiday decorations, and Thanksgiving is a good three weeks away yet. So how do you keep your fall home decor looking crisp? Keep it neutral, that’s how.

Gone are the days of overblown bright orange, yellow and red everything, complete with faux leaves dangling from your mantel.

The trend for fall decorating continues to be all about muted tones — white pumpkins mixed with some greenery and other organic-looking decor such as a large wooden bowl.

You can still use orange, but try using a variety of colors, and you can even find frosted faux pumpkins that tone down the orange a bit. Gourds are great too, especially as bowl fillers.

And don’t stop at just those regular paper or plastic faux pumpkins — there are so many options today: stone, mosaic, and glass. You also don’t have to abandon real pumpkins either — don’t be afraid to head to the pumpkin patch and pick up a few. There’s a ton of different varieties nowadays out there.

As for greenery, you can use a mix of branches, eucalyptus leaves or even a fall wreath that’s more muted than bold.

Tie all that in with some neutral or black accents such as vases and candlesticks and you have a fashionable fall look that will work all the way up until you finally pull out those Christmas decorations.

Don’t forget that less is more, here. You don’t need to buy 20 white pumpkins and make a big statement.

This trend is all about subtly bringing fall into your home without it whacking you and your visitors in the face. Your aim should be that relaxing fall is here, time to wrap a blanket around you while you drink your morning coffee.