But back to mantels... always start with a killer piece of art or a mirror as a focal point (see below) and build your mantle around that.
Next are accessories...
Love these mod vases and they will give the mantel height to balance out the painting
Dried grapevine... cool for texture and I love organic pieces
Hand thrown pot with fishscale flowers... I'll need this for height on the right side.
Put it all together and Wah Lah! A funky mantle!