A friend - client called me to redesign her mantle. She liked what she had but didn't know what to do with it. It just wasn't working for her. Her style is whimsical, colorful, and casual. The current arrangement she had was too symmetrical.
By grouping her pieces together and creating a high point on the left - an asymmetrical arrangement, the arrangement now matched her style. This took very little time, so instead of just her mantle, I was able to finish out her accessories for the room and rearrange her furniture!
I would like to say that I don't normally recommend mirrors for the mantle. Usually, they reflect the ceiling fan or the air vent or something else just as unattractive. The two mirrors I used here reflect the pretty green vases. This little trick helps expand the candlesticks and makes them appear larger.
It doesn't always require a huge amount of time to fine tune your accessories. Do your accessories reflect you?