5. Asymmetry- Continue to use candle sticks but make sure height varies as shown.
Just like that you have a Joanna Gaines Mantel!
Unfortunately most of us have a TV above our Mantel and don’t want the TV to be the focal point. I do believe still using the smaller items above can add just enough balance. Below are a few pictures of ways to still decorate a mantel with some tricks like beefing up the mantel, hiding wires and just adding simple touches like candle sticks, books and or plants.