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Fall Mantel Decorating: Colorful Chalkboards, Prints and Wreaths

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Fall is officially here, which means it’s time to pull out all the stops when it comes to autumn decorating. Your front door and dining table may be ready for ringing in the new season, but we can’t forget about the fireplace mantel, a focal point (or points) for many homes. Here are some ways to adorn your mantel in the rich colors and decor of fall.

Chalkboards, Prints and Wreaths

The chalkboard is an underrated home accent. Place one in a rustic frame and you can decorate for any season or occasion with white chalk or colorful chalk. On this mantel, the chalkboard is an alluring focal point, bringing our eyes in to focus on the detailed candlesticks, pumpkins and fall flowers.

47 Cozy Fall Mantel Decor Ideas
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A fall print also draws the eye to a mantel, and creates a seasonal look without a lot of fuss. This space is accented by pumpkins and a leafy garland, which accentuates the autumn look without being overdone.

Living Room Fall Mantle
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Wreaths are always our go-to home accent for any season, and is best if complemented by candles and a matching garland. The grapevine pumpkins and accessories shown on this mantel maintain an autumn look while blending in with the stonework as to not take away from the beautiful wreath.

Fall Mantle Display
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Color (or No Color)

These warm tones are not too bright yet not too dull, and offer a warm, cozy feeling that is perfect for surrounding a fireplace. With the exception of the seasonal banner and pumpkins, this is a look that could be carried all year and easily swapped out for the changing seasons.

47 Cozy Fall Mantel Decor Ideas
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This aqua blue is a great complement to the muted oranges and yellows in this display, and the varying textures and surfaces – of the chalkboard frame, pottery bowl, ceramic planter – adds an extra touch of natural appeal that is quite becoming of the season.

47 Cozy Fall Mantel Decor Ideas
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Sometimes the brightest colors do the best job at creating a whimsical fall look, even if the objects are simple. Bright orange and red leaves stand out with the bright orange pumpkin against a pale eggshell blue wall and white home accents on this mantel, leaving no room for doubt that autumn is upon us.
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Thursday’s Theme: Chalkboards and Dry-Erase Boards

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Dry-erase markers and chalk are not items you necessarily think of using when looking to decorate and empty wall or fill a spacious counter-top. Yet using dry-erase boards and chalkboards (along with their respective writing utensils) can create a unique and homey look to a hall table, a cabinet door, or a wall in child’s playroom. More obviously, they are functional objects that can help you stay creative. Here are some tips on getting started with your dry erase and chalky decor.

CalendarsWhite Board Calendar
This is a great place to start. While a dry-erase board is the suggested option for creating a calendar, a chalkboard works just as well. Whether you choose to design a monthly, weekly, or special events calendar (or all three!), a white board is a great medium to use. Dry-erase markers come in a variety of colors, so you can choose depending on the color scheme of the room, or choose random colors to make it look more spontaneous. At the end of the week or month, simply erase and start over.

Mom's Kitchen Memo BoardTo-Do Lists and Messages
Keep a chalkboard or dry-erase board next to a telephone, computer, or in an entryway to remind yourself and others to return a message, take off shoes, or grab some milk on the next grocery run. Incorporate shelving or a hall table around the board, to create a more welcoming and less rigid display as well as to invite people to read what is written.

MaterialsGlenwood Message Center in Red
If you want to try creating your own dry-erase board or chalkboard, rather than using a store-bought one, you have a couple of options. For a chalkboard, chalkboard paint is a fun route to take, and the paint can be found at most paint stores. This route gives you more control over where you place a chalkboard, allowing you to be more creative with this piece of decor. For a dry-erase board, dry-erase sheets can be found at most office supply stores; much like a small roll of paper, you can cut different sizes and shapes to place wherever you want in your home. Finally, if you don’t want to purchase the paint or sheets, dig out some of your old picture frames instead. Place colorful or white paper inside, and use dry-erase markers on the glass. This is a fun way to decorate kitchen counters – by writing what your family will have for dinner or a “Good Morning” message – and the marker easily erases off the glass.

Do you use dry-erase or blackboards in your home? If these or other ideas have inspired you to do so, let us know!

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