Decorating a mantel seems to stump a lot of people. Maybe it’s the pressure of creating a “focal point” for the room. Mirrors are a popular go-to choice, but a mistake I often see is using a mirror that’s too small in scale.
I love these examples of using large mirrors that fill the entire vertical visual space above the fireplace, sometimes even touching the crown molding. Not only is it a great way to “open up” the room, but it’s a wonderful excuse to ditch the ceiling fan and replace it with a great chandelier for a beautiful reflection. (That’s also in the plans around here, btw.)
PS—I loved reading your responses to my kindergarten post. So funny :)