This is the first time I have had a fireplace mantle since the first tiny apartment we lived in about 9 moves ago....(all in 7 years!). I love it. I love having a focal point of the room and being able to easily change the decor of my mantle for different seasons, holidays, etc. Here are a few different ideas for your mantle. Whether it's cluttered, simple, modern, rustic, symmetrical or not.....what kind of mantle are you?