fall chimneyIf you have a brick fireplace in your home, now is the time to decorate the mantle for the autumn season. A fireplace has a wonderful way of drawing people in to its gathering space to warm up from the cold, so it makes sense to change its look seasonally.

The way you choose to decorate your mantel depends on what style you want to see and what touches you would like to give to the interior using this décor. Here are some suggestions based on several styles.

For a rustic or primitive feel add some vegetables (natural or faux), fruit, berries or branches. Bring in a few scarecrows or wooden stars to create a focal point.

For a festive touch, use glitter letters and pumpkins. And remember, pumpkins don’t need to be orange; white or off-white pumpkins look quite striking against brick and give a contemporary look. Alternatively, add fall wreath or garland of fall leaves.

Wreaths can be draped across a large mirror, antiqued window pane or empty picture frame. To complement your display, use smaller objects along the mantel itself.

Garland has many uses throughout your home, but the fireplace mantel is a sure fit. You can create your own garland, or buy an arrangement that includes wheat or hydrangeas. Garland is easy to work into your existing decor and provides an instant seasonal lift. Start by placing the garland first, then working other decorative items around it. This makes it seem as though the garland is growing naturally within the arrangement.

If you are looking for something modern, consider candle holders, vases, mirrors, and faux leaves. Mirrors are an especially great way to reflect light within your space.

Above all, have fun and be creative during this fall season – then let your guests’ compliments flow!