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.
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.
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?
Then, to create a more cohesive look, some of the colors are drifted into the adjoining areas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 🙂
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.
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.
And that’s all there is to it. Proof positive that Fall doesn’t always have to include mums and pumpkins.
Sometimes color and texture will do just as well.
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Mantels on Monday
Tablescapes on Tuesday
Wreaths on Wednesday
Printables on Thursday
Porches on Friday