14 Festive Fall Mantel Ideas We Love From HGTV Fans

What I love most about having a fireplace isn't snuggling up to a crackling yule log during the chilly winter months. In my older home, the fireplace isn't functional so I don't get to relish in the coziness that fireplaces typically bring. The fireplace for me is a spot where I can obsess over styling the mantel each season all for the sake of a good shelfie.

A mantel, or even a well-placed floating shelf if you're a renter or don't have a fireplace, gives you something to decorate over and over again without having to completely redesign an entire room. These Instagrammers know what we're talking about.

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Spring Has Sprung

A collection of classic white dishes and pitchers, combined with pops of light-green foliage and birds' eggs, creates a fresh spring-inspired composition. Natural elements, like birds' nests and rattan chargers, give textural contrast to the display. The piece de resistance: the oversized chalkboard, which provides an excellent opportunity to introduce a sweet springtime sentiment. Photo courtesy of Layla Palmer

An Easter Egg-stravaganza

Blogger Kerri-Lynn Roche uses vintage bunny figurines, a boxwood wreath, painted eggs and potted grass to create a soft and subtle Easter look on her mantel. A large mirror and glass candleholders add shimmer and are a great contrast to all the natural elements. Photo courtesy of Kerri-Lynn Roche

Summer-Inspired Mantel

Sticking with a monochromatic palette and classical finishes, such as glass and metal, blogger Kimberley Power creates an ocean-inspired feeling above her fireplace. Beachy accents and a nautical knot ball further illuminate a sense of the sea. Photo courtesy of Kimberley Power

Independence Day Decor

Celebrate the Fourth of July by weaving a bit of red, white and blue through your mantel decor. The focal point of this mantel display is the large, wooden flag. Weathered boards, painted white and blue, are used to create the stripes. Several small pencil starfish, secured with hot glue, act as stars. On the mantel itself, rope-wrapped candles, a jar full of sand and shells and a driftwood sailboat help bring in a beachy vibe. A collection of red, white and wood numbers and letters add a whimsical touch to this creative and playful presentation. Photo courtesy of Layla Palmer

Simply Spook-tacular Mantel

The mantel is the perfect stage for displaying a spooky collection during Halloween. Here, black spray-painted broom-ends make mysterious topiaries, and cheesecloth "cobwebs" draped across tarnished silver pieces instantly add an eerie feel. In the center, a tarantula under glass and a mirror, temporarily embellished with white craft paint, makes the perfect freaky finishing touch. Photo courtesy of Kate Riley

A Thanksgiving Spread

A row of colorful heirloom pumpkins can create a simple and elegant autumn-inspired display. Accented with pinecones and a few small hangtags stamped with fall messages, your mantel will ooze with Thanksgiving charm. Photo courtesy of Grace Light

A Merry Mantel

Handmade stockings, evergreen topiaries and a variety of silver and gold Christmas ornaments (suspended from the ceiling with fishing line and white-headed thumb tacks) come together in holiday harmony to create this traditional Christmas mantel display. To make good use of an unusable firebox, create a "gift topiary." Here, a box wrapped in brown kraft paper, red ribbon and a faux poinsettia sits atop a vintage suitcase and picnic basket. Photo courtesy of Layla Palmer

Winter White Mantel

Here, a limited array of understated, cool-toned elements blends perfectly with a simple, contemporary-looking fireplace. Blogger Dana Miller says, "I took cues from the wintry landscape here in the Midwest — fluffy snow, naked trees and gray skies." Photo courtesy of Dana Miller

Valentine's Day Display

Add a temporary touch of sweetness to any mantel by injecting it with red or pink. On this mantel, red and pink accents pop amongst a variety of crisp black and white elements. To switch up the look after Valentine's Day, just remove the red and pink bits, and replace them with something a little more neutral or that matches the other accent colors in the room. Photo courtesy of Chris Carey

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