Your fireplace can be the centerpiece of your family room, great room, or living room. But how do you strike that balance of interesting pieces on your mantel without making it look like a crowded junk colection or barren shelf? Here are two ideas and how tos:
First, the traditional 3 plus 1 method - this never fails.
Second, is a newer style. This is easy because you don't have to center and hang anything straight. It's also easy to change later. It's the leaning frames style shown here where you take various sized pictures and mirrors and lean them against the wall and each other in a collection. Be sure to vary the colors and sizes to give an interesting, casual look.