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Create an Easy Fall Mantel in Orange and Teal

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Hello Friends,

If you’re tired of the same old Fall decor, then you’ve come to the right place. Today launches Day One of a week-long series that offers up fresh new ideas for fall, including free printables. Every day, five different bloggers will take on a topic and show off unique ideas for the space.

To get the ball rolling, I have a mantel idea featuring orange and teal. It’s a little bit contemporary and a little bit vintage. But at the end of the day, it’s just a whole lotta quick and easy. And folks, this is how I roll. Always.

Create an Easy Fall Mantel in Orange and Teal

I never thought I’d be telling you this, but here goes.

I live in a donut. Haha no, not the dunkin’ kind, but a donut nonetheless.

In my 1990’s brick traditional, the main floor has very few rooms. The sunroom is a room because it was an ad on around 2008. And the living room, powder room, and office create a little row of rooms on the opposite side of the house. But the majority of the space on the main floor is wide open with the stairs making the infamous donut hole right in the middle. Because of this, I always think about decor that can be seen from anywhere in the space –closeup or far away –and try to distribute the idea throughout.

So here’s the starting point for this mantel makeover.

When creating seasonal decor, always begin by considering the room's standard set-up and colors | #fallmantel #falldecor #orangeandteal | www.thechelseaproject.com

Orange and Teal Inspiration

The goal here is to change out the colors without interrupting flow or using any of the precious real estate. So I turned to the internet for inspiration. I didn’t want to see ideas other people have used. I simply wanted to trigger a color palette and then see where it took me.

And this is the photo that yelled, “Hey, it’s Fall Y’all.”

Photo Credit: Unknown

GATHER COLORS AND TEXTURES

So the gathering begins. Reds, yellows, and oranges in some of the traditional elements.

Fall decor using natural colors and elements creates fresh and easy vignettes | #fallmantel #falldecor #orangeandteal | www.thechelseaproject.com

Then vary the shades to include terra-cotta and gold. The leopard print pillows are actually the back cushions to the sofa so adding smaller pillows with pops of fall color is super quick and easy. Can you tell I’m a color blender and not a matchy, matchy?

Color and texture can be added using non-seasonal pillows in seasonal colors | #fallmantel #falldecor #orangeandteal | www.thechelseaproject.com

Then, to create a more cohesive look, some of the colors are drifted into the adjoining areas.

Color sprays help to distribute color and texture into adjoining areas without distracting from the mantel | #fallmantel #falldecor #orangeandteal | www.thechelseaproject.com

Once the foundation is set, it’s time to take on the mantel.

Add Orange and Teal

As the focal point, the mantel should command the attention of the room. In my home, the mantel in the great room/den can be seen from just about every angle in the house, including the front door and second story catwalk.

Bright colors, such as orange and teal, really pop against light paint | #fallmantel #falldecor #orangeandteal | www.thechelseaproject.com

So I’m all about using large pieces, intense color, and texture. I also like to make seasonal decor work with the existing decor. This way, mantel pieces don’t have to be removed and stored.

Fall colors, such as bright orange and teal, work well with heavily textured elements in neutral colors | #fallmantel #falldecor #orangeandteal | www.thechelseaproject.com

Create Something Special

And every year, something sentimental always makes an appearance. This year, my something special is a canvas made from a photo that I took last year. It’s so easy to do. Simply pick one of your favorite photos and send it online to the photo section of a place like Walgreens, CVS, or Sam’s. Just FYI, I used Costco because it was the cheapest.

Don't forget to personalize your Fall decor by using photos of family, friends, and fun places | #fallmantel #falldecor #orangeandteal | www.thechelseaproject.com

Bring It All Together

And instead of having the canvas framed, it was simply leaned against the artwork that was already on the mantel. This way, the artwork didn’t need to be stored and the frame already worked with the mirror. But, because the canvas sits out to the very edge of the mantel, texture had to be layered behind it. 

Create depth and interest by layering textural elements in neutral colors in and around seasonal elements | #fallmantel #falldecor #orangeandteal | www.thechelseaproject.com

The architectural elements on each end were replaced with teal and orange arrangements. The stems are from Michael’s and the wood sticks are from my stash, but Michael’s has these, too. The teal vases are from TJMaxx/HomeGoods. Where else? You know I’m still their Number One fan. πŸ™‚

Softer colors orangey-coral and gold flank the mantel to distribute color, but not to compete with the mantel | #fallmantel #falldecor #orangeandteal | www.thechelseaproject.com

I also toyed with the accessories for the ottoman. But what I learned was that anything high and reaching –that filled the huge space –sorta competed with the mantel.

When mantels are seen from different angles, including close-up and far-away, consider using a smaller number of large pieces | #fallmantel #falldecor #orangeandteal | www.thechelseaproject.com

So I ended up going back to a simple bowl of apples. It distributes the color, but doesn’t really compete with the mantel. Notice too, that the candlesticks behind the canvas were repainted in a coppery orange. Which do you like better? Gray (photo above) or coppery orange (photo below)? Right now, the candlesticks are coppery orange as this color seems to soften the transition across the mantel, but I’d truly love to hear your thoughts.

Different shades of orange, gold, and gray throughout the room surround two pops of teal on the mantel | #fallmantel #falldecor #orangeandteal | www.thechelseaproject.com

And that’s all there is to it. Proof positive that Fall doesn’t always have to include mums and pumpkins.

Fall mantels don't always have to include mums and pumpkins. For a interesting change-up, try adding seasonal color and texture | #fallmantel #falldecor #orangeandteal | www.thechelseaproject.com

Sometimes color and texture will do just as well.

Looking for a Fall mantel that works with your exisiting decor? Try a color and texture change-out. Just click through for all of the quick and easy details | #fallmantel #falldecor #orangeandteal | www.thechelseaproject.com

If you enjoyed this idea, please..

Quick and easy Fall mantel in orange and teal that's a little bit contemporary and a little bit vintage | #fallmantel #falldecor #orangeandteal | www.thechelseaproject.com

To check out more fall decor on this blog, please click any of these links.

Fall Tablescape Out By the Fire

Fall Tablescape Out by the Fire | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Fall Mantel in Neutral Colors

For more great ideas today and throughout the week, please click any of the links to visit my bloggy friends.

Get a jump on Fall decor with these fresh and fun ideas | #falldecor #fallmantel #autumn | www.thechelseaproject.com

Mantels on Monday

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Postcards From the Ridge / The Chelsea Project / The Everyday Home / Shabbyfufu /
Atta Girl Says / Stone Gable

Tablescapes on Tuesday

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Vin’yet Etc. / What Meegan Makes / Home is Where the Boat is / Making it in the Mountains

Wreaths on Wednesday

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Worthing Court / Dukes and Duchesses / Cupcakes and Crinolines / My Creative Days /
Virginia Sweet Pea

Printables on Thursday

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Inspiration for Moms / Hunt and Host / Domestically Speaking / On Sutton Place / I Should Be Mopping The Floor

Porches on Friday

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Petticoat Junktion / Housepitality Designs / Hymns and Verses / Cottage at the Crossroads /2 Bees in a Pod

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  • Reply Janet - Shabbyfufu September 4, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Love the combo of those two colors….well done!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 4, 2017 at 7:49 am

      Thanks Janet! Wonderful to have you stop by!

  • Reply Tonya C Redmond September 4, 2017 at 8:08 am

    It looks so fab! I LOVE those teal vases. I think I need to head out to homegoods to see if I can find something similar. Your home is lovely! Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 4, 2017 at 8:16 am

      Hi Tonya! Yes, get to HomeGoods. My hubs calls it the decorating mother ship. LOL… Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Laura Dennison September 4, 2017 at 10:41 am

    I love the teal and orange! But I definitely prefer the candlesticks in the darker grey. At least in the photo they really don’t stand out like they did in grey and they lose their detail.

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 4, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Hi Laura. Thanks so much for your insight about the candlesticks. I can turn them back to gray in about 5 minutes. My paint brush is on standby. LOL… Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful holiday!

  • Reply Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge September 4, 2017 at 10:55 am

    I love the colors you used and how you walked us through your inspiration. It looks wonderful! Thanks for joining the tour!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 4, 2017 at 11:48 am

      Hi Angie and thanks for inviting me to share with all of these uber-talented ladies. We are thoroughly enjoying the orange and teal in the great room. It’s such a change from the pink and black. I feel like it is a totally different house. Thanks again, sweet friend. You are the best! XOXO

  • Reply shirley@housepitalitydesigns September 4, 2017 at 11:35 am

    You have certainly brought forth the beautiful colors of Fall into your home and I so love the orange and teal colors on the mantel. A room and mantel so beautifully curated for Fall!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 4, 2017 at 11:53 am

      Hi Shirley and thanks for your kind words. I love being able to completely change out the color pops for the different seasons. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Reply hymnsandverses September 4, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Such a pretty color combination, Chelsea! The fall photograph on canvas is really special!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 4, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      Hi Doreen and thanks. I can’t wait to have grandkids to photograph for canvas. LOL… Have a lovely Monday and thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Reply barbgarrettnc September 4, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Hey my friend – your mantel punches a bog wallop and that color combination could not be more perfect in that room. I am totally in love with those teal vases and what a perfect mate with the orange. I love that shot looking down into your living room. So dramatic. xxoo

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 4, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      Hey Barb and thanks! You know me, I’m all about the wallop…LOL..but seriously…. decorating is tough when you live in a donut. πŸ™‚ Happy Holiday and may blessings abound! XO

  • Reply Mary Beth September 4, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    You chose such beautiful colors to adorn your mantel, Susie! Everything looks perfect to welcome fall.

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 4, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      Hi Mary Beth and thanks so much. The intense color has surely been a welcomed change from the Spring and Summer pink. Appreciate the visit and sweet comment. Happy Labor Day!!

  • Reply Maryann September 4, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    What a beautiful and inviting space! I love the orange and teal combo!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 4, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      Thank you so much, Maryann. So happy you like the colors!! Apreciate the visit.

  • Reply Laurie @ VinYet Etc. September 4, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Wowzers, what a gorgeous mantel, I simply love that you went on color choice and let that guide you, your fall mantel is spectacular!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 4, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      Awwww, Laurie. Thanks so much. You’re so sweet!!

  • Reply Randi September 4, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    I love this color combination … the teal adds a beautiful touch for fall!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 4, 2017 at 9:34 pm

      Hi Randi and thanks so much. I agree about the teal. It has really lifted the orange to a new and fresh level. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Nancy @ Slightly Coastal September 4, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Beautiful mantel! I love the color mix. I can see your mantel is such a focal point everywhere in your house. You did a great job!

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  • Reply Paula September 5, 2017 at 6:51 am

    What a beautiful mantel you created! I love the teal vases that you used on either end to anchor it. I hope that you’ll soon be relaxing in that room while admiring your fall decor.

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 5, 2017 at 8:50 am

      Hi Paula! So very wonderful to have you stop by. And I do hear you and receive well your words to stop scurrying around and enjoy the room. Hope you are continuing to do well, sweet friend. Bless you and enjoy! XO

  • Reply Michelle September 5, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Susie this is beautiful! I am always in awe of your style and eye for beauty! I learn so much from every post. Thank you!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 5, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Awww, Michelle. You’re so sweet. My gosh, girl. I feel this exact same way when I see your amazing crafts and furniture building. But isn’t it wonderful to share with and support friends? It’s just the best! Thank you so much. It means the world to me. XOXO

  • Reply Mary September 5, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Love your fall touches and bright pop of teal you’ve incorporated. Your shot from your stairs/handrail is so artsy and gorgeous! I’m TJ Maxx/HomeGoods’ Number Two Fan πŸ™‚

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 5, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Hi Mary! I’m so thrilled to meet TJMaxx’s Number Two fan. We need to meet for coffee and shopping. LOL. Thanks also for your kind words. They mean so much. Have a blessed and happy Fall!

  • Reply Amy Buchanan (@AttaGirlSays) September 5, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Susie, I love your inspiration and the color combination. Your mantel is stunning, and I love that you just built upon your existing decor. Because who has time to switch everything out season after season.

    Oh, and I’m totally envious of your outdoor fireplace. That’s on our wishlist for our backyard.

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 5, 2017 at 11:39 am

      Hi Amy and thanks so much. I do try to make changing out seasonal decor as easy as possible, because I really don’t have time or storage space. LOL.. And the fireplace—yes!! Agree you must have one, too! Can’t wait to see it up and running. Thanks for stopping by!! XO

  • Reply kimjonesfive September 5, 2017 at 11:23 am

    what a beautiful room and I love the colors you picked…the inspiration is amazing! You always have such beautiful vision friend! love it!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 5, 2017 at 11:41 am

      Hi Kim! Thanks, girl. You know I just try to use what I have and let it fall into place. Thanks so much for stopping by and bringing me these sweet words of encouragement. Happy Fall to you and yours!

  • Reply Marie September 5, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Beautiful color combination and textures, Susie. Swooning over the teal glass jars that just pop on your mantel. To answer your question, I like the candlesticks painted a coppery orange. Looking forward to following the entire tour when time permits.

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 5, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Hi Marie! LOL…yes! The teal vases seem to be a reader favorite. I have to admit that the jewel-tones are really speaking to me this Fall. And thanks for your insight about the candlesticks. I must have changed them 100 times trying to decide. I know your schedule is jam packed these days. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and leave your sweet words. They truly do mean so much. Oh–and we miss you this year in the tour.. Next year, for sure. Right? XOXO

      • Reply Marie September 5, 2017 at 12:03 pm

        Count me in for next year for sure! Hate that I missed it this year as it’s always so much fun. As it is every year, looks to be full of inspiration again this year. Can’t wait to browse!

  • Reply Suzy Handgraaf September 5, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful mantel Susie and I love all of the great tips that you gave!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 5, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      Hi Suzy and thanks! Wonderful to have you stop by!

  • Reply Jane September 5, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Your mantel is just outstanding! Those teal vases are striking and go so well with the other colors in the room.

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 5, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      Hi Jane and thanks! My little clearance rack teal vases have won many a heart during this tour. I’m so thrilled the whole idea was so well received. Being mum-less and pumpkin-less during a FALL Ideas Tour can be risky. LOL…but here I am….out on the ledge. Thanks again! XO

  • Reply Lindsay Eidahl September 5, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Your mantel is beautiful! I love that you made a canvas with one of your photos!!! Happy Fall!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 5, 2017 at 11:43 pm

      Hi Lindsay and thanks! Happy Fall to you, too!

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  • Reply Yvonne @StoneGable September 6, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Your mix of color and pattern makes me swoon! Just gorgeous and so beautifully styled! Happy Fall!!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 6, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      Hi Yovonne. Thanks so much. So very happy that you like the concept. Have a blessed and happy Fall… And enjoy those fabulous twiggy pumpkins of yours. You know I’ll have to get some of those.. LOL #myswoon

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  • Reply Sandy September 6, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Wow! Your space is gorgeous! I love the orange and teal color combo and I love the way you mixed your pillows. The simple apples look fabulous!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 6, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      Hi Sandy and thanks. You know just how to make my day. Appeciate so much.

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  • Reply Susanne September 7, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Your mantle is amazing!! I like the orange candle holders, but you know me…I love color! I am going to have to zip into TJMAXX and see what goodies they have πŸ˜‰ Happy Fall my friend πŸ™‚

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 7, 2017 at 10:00 am

      Hi Susanne! Thanks so much for stopping by. Orange candelsticks. Check. And let me know what treasures you find at the Maxx. πŸ™‚ Happy Fall to you and yours!

  • Reply Cindy Jones September 7, 2017 at 10:47 am

    I really do like the coppery candlesticks. You have plenty of neutral with the wall color. The copper picks up the berries and the art work.

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 7, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      Hi Cindy. Thanks for your insight about the candlesticks. Appreciate the visit. Happy Fall.

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  • Reply cristina September 8, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Perfection my dear! I’m always telling you are a master of colors and textures! It looks so good for Fall, but in my opinion it also works for year round decor.

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 9, 2017 at 10:25 pm

      Thanks Cristina! So lovely to have you stop by! XOXO

  • Reply Kristi Dominguez September 9, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Susie, it’s such a lovely space! And the orange and teal is perfect for the season. I love your mantel and all of the thought and detail that went into it.

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 9, 2017 at 10:25 pm

      Hi Kristi and thanks so much. You are so kind.

  • Reply Rebekah September 9, 2017 at 8:08 am

    The transformation of your home for fall is stunning! Thanks for sharing your thought processes from inspiration gathering to final touches. And by the way I love the orang-y colored candlesticks on the mantel. To me, they just add another punch of fall.

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 9, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      Thanks so much, Rebekah. Your sweet comment has just made my day. Appreciate the visit!

  • Reply An Extraordinary Day (@DianeMillerAED) September 10, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Susie… your mantel and overall decor is absolutely stunning!! You’ve inspired me!! xo

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 11, 2017 at 6:53 am

      Thanks so much, Diane! So wonderful to hav eyou stop by! XO

  • Reply Kristi September 11, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    What an absolutely stunning colour scheme!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 12, 2017 at 10:24 am

      Hi Kristi. Thanks so much! Great to share this tour with you. I LOVED your tablescape. Happy Fall.

  • Reply Kim September 15, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    So pretty, Susie! You’re home is beautiful!! I also went with teal and orange this year – we are color-lovin’ kindred spirits!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 16, 2017 at 4:38 am

      Hi Kim and thanks! So happy to meet another color-lovin’ gal. I’ll pop over to see your orange and teal. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Kathy Owen (Petticoat Junktion) September 22, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Simply lovely Susie. Thanks for sharing!

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