Nontraditional colors for the fall mantel

September 18, 2018

Hey all! I'm back with a quick post to share our fall mantel. I haven't done any fall decorating in a long time so this was fun!

I went with a different look this year and I think it's my favorite yet. It was probably the easiest yet too. It's more moody than I've ever done, but that's mostly because of the rich, dark color I painted the fireplace wall earlier this year. 

I paired eucalyptus with some fall colors earlier this month and loved the combo, so I decided to carry that around the house this season. I love it! I started with the simple pumpkin patch wreath for our front door.

It took me all of ten minutes to throw all of this together...I started with a strand of eucalyptus I got from Target. (I'll include links at the bottom of the post!) It's the Magnolia line and it filled in our long mantel well. I wanted it to be full and pretty so I filled in with the faux IKEA stuff as well. 

I just kind of stuck it in where it needed some fullness and at the ends as well: 
Moody fall mantel with nontraditional colors

Are those tiny pumpkins not the cutest things you've ever seen? I found those at the Target dollar spot. They had blue, green, white and orange. I grabbed bunch and then on another trip grabbed a few more. I just placed them throughout the greenery. 

My brass candlesticks are a go-to any time of the year. I just love them! I found this set at an antique shop in Georgia when I had the opportunity to tour the HGTV Dream Home a couple years ago. They were an awesome find (the set came with ten) and they always remind me of that fun trip:
Untraditional fall mantel in blues and green

The thankful sign was from Michael's last year -- I'm not sure if they still carry it now. 

The mantel turned out so simple by oh-so-pretty. And it really makes a statement, even on our huge fireplace wall:
Simple fall mantel with eucalyptus and pumpkins

Simple and pretty fall mantel with greenery

I found the gather/wreath art at Hobby Lobby last week. I know, I know!! I said I was going to avoid things with words on them

But I just love it: 
Dark blue fireplace wall with built ins

I love that it works perfectly with the colors in here, and that it nearly matches the wall color. I don't want it to stand out too much. I'm not 100 percent sure it will stay there though -- we are leaving it for now. 

Next up, I need to get my fall pillows out and about. The past month has been crazy busy and I hate crazy busy. I like chill. This week is more chill than we've had for awhile so I'm going to finish up the fall touches around the house: 
Symmetrical sofa set up with fireplace

Just for fun, here's a look back at this room and the changes I've made! The before: 
Tall fireplace with gray tile

And how it looks now!
Symmetrical fireplace wall and family room with sofas

Do you decorate for fall? I didn't do much of anything last year since we moved in in October. I've had fun warming up the house -- now if only the temps would stay cool! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Here's a list of projects/items in this room. (Some affiliate links included!):

Email subscription form header
Your email:*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide


  1. Oh my gosh, you are my favorite. First, I LOVE the enthusiasm with which you do these things. It's so genuine and the best. I don't think I've read a seasonal decor post that you haven't said, "this is my favorite one yet" and I completely believe that's true and I always agree. I'm SO glad you let us readers be a part of it!

    1. Haha! That cracked me up! Thank you SO much for the kind words.

  2. Hi - love your site! Can you tell me roughly the size (length) of your 2 couches in your living room? I see the link for the chairs. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I want to copy the layout for my own living room and am struggling with loveseats vs sofas and overall sizes. Your dimensions seem to work perfectly. Super curious. Sorry to be a pain in the ... Thank you!!

  3. I fell in love with the row of crows you used to have in your bathroom. I purchased several black crows after seeing that - I perch them sporadically atop our entertainment armoire and the kitchen cupboards (along with other fall leaves and decor). I take them down after Halloween and just leave the fall stuff up for Thanksgiving. But it is fun to see people come in and do a double-take when they first notice the black-beaked silhouettes. :)

    1. Fun!! I love those birds and still have them. I’m bringing those and the paper mice back out in October. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

  4. I love these non-traditional colors. I think the wreath picture would be perfect where its at if you put a small wooden frame around it in the same color as thankful. :) Thank you for the inspiration! I always look forward to seeing what you are doing for each season.

  5. I’m struck by how the left side of your room is a mirror image of the right side, mantle included, but it works. Pretty room!

  6. I love this! Love seeing how your style has evolved over the years. And even though I've seen the pictures of your living room a hundred times, it occurred to me that one reason I love it is because the tv is front and center where we use it, but the paint color really makes it blend in instead of being so obvious.

  7. Hi there! This is simply gorgeous! Can you tell me what are your paint colours for your black wall and the wall surrounding? Thank you so much!

    1. Thank you! The dark blue is Cyberspace and the walls are Agreeable Gray.

  8. I love your site what's the paint color you used on the ceiling in fire place area? Same as the walls agreeable gray? I choosed cyberspace for my son bedroom accent wall and I painted the walls and ceiling network gray. I think it looks a bit dark but reason I did it is because on the accent wall he is doing some LED lighting and video games desk, chair station he is 14 so I thought a dark with a medium gray combination will be good but not sure how.

    1. Our ceilings are a basic flat white color, but I'm not sure of the exact color. So sorry!

  9. Hi! Do you know what the name of the tile is on your fireplace? or where you got it?


If you have a specific question I will do my best to answer you back here!

You can find our paint colors and links to items at the "Our Home" tab at the top of my site.

THANKS so much for reading!