Not a fan of traditional fall colors? No worries! These whimsical fall mantel ideas pull from a less-traditional palette of yellow, teal, and green. Combine these colors with woodland elements and you have perfectly eclectic fall decor!
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I have never been a fan of traditional fall colors. I love to see the leaves on the trees turn into fiery beautiful oranges, and reds—but once I try and bring those colors into my house, I really don’t love them. My favorite colors are the ones you see in my logo — teals, greens, and bright yellows. So this year I chucked tradition out the window and decided to decorate for fall in a palette I love.
We really enjoyed having our Halloween mantel up this year, but now that Halloween is over I’m happy to really move into the fall season with this colorful mantel. At first it was more woodland themed, which I’ve used a lot in the past (like for this Woodland Friendsgiving), but after I got everything up I realized it just wasn’t very me.
So I grabbed my paint and a few additional decor pieces from around my house and boom—I got exactly what I wanted. Something bright, fun and yet still totally fall.
Non-Traditional Fall Mantel Ideas
I started with two art pieces I already had — a watercolor that has my whole color palette in it, and my DIY dreamcatcher. Together they aren’t particularly fall-y, but when combined with the rest of the decor, it totally works.
Across the mantel I strung a laser cut wood leaf garland. I used painter’s tape to mask off part of the leaf and painted two coats of teal, green, and yellow to half the leaves. It went from a charming and rustic garland to something more in my modern style.
I also used the same paint colors on a set of ceramic pumpkins that I set on the hearth, along with the super trendy boho fringe pillow I own and a copper bucket with lighted willow branches for some grounding.
On the mantel, I went with an eclectic mix of things that remind me of fall. My Fall Leaf Candle Wraps dress up some plain white pillar candles on top of chunky wood candlesticks (similar). A sweet little fox and a few blue baubles (from a beachy potpourri set!) finish off the left side of the mantel.
On the right I have some taper candles for height in gold-dipped cement candleholders (I love these! They are going to transition beautifully to our Christmas table). I also added a blue vase that I’ve had for years and years. Combine that with an array of wood mushrooms and a tiny felt pumpkin, and the mantel is complete!
So tell me—are there any holidays that you avoid decorating for because you don’t love the traditional color palette? I’d love to hear some of your ideas for non-traditional holiday palettes. Valentine’s Day is another big one for me. Not a fan of pink and red—I’m thinking next year I’ll go with gold and white with pops of coral and teal. So fun!