3 Steps to a Simple Fall Mantel via Clean Mama

I love seasonal decorating in magazines and on Pinterest, but in real life it has to be easy and simple. Easy to put together and easy to put away, with a few permanent items that stay on the mantel year round. Today I’m sharing 3 ways to get that simple mantel look this fall.

Simple Fall Mantel - asymmetrical balance - via Clean Mama

Use asymmetry or symmetry – keep it balanced. You choose – repeat the same items on either side for symmetry or mix it up with different items for a little asymmetry. I have always been an asymmetrical mantel decorator mostly because I just have one of different items, not two.

Simple Fall Mantel - permanent items - via Clean Mama

Have a few permanent items that you add seasonal items to like vases and pitchers. This makes switching items out easy. I have another candle set for spring and summer that I just swap out for fall and winter. I switch out the flowers/leaves/cat tails and the gold acorns I’ll swap out for faux crystals. The pumpkin candles will get replaced for the next season and I’ll switch things around a bit, but this keeps it pretty easy.

Simple Fall Mantel - add something fun and unexpected via Clean Mama

Add something fun and unexpected – decorating doesn’t have to be serious.

Simple Fall Mantel via Clean Mama

And there you have it. A simple fall mantel and a couple mantel tips you can use any season. Best thing about this mantel? It can stay up through Thanksgiving! Any simple fall mantel fans out there? What’s your favorite item on your fall mantel this year?