I'm straying a bit from strict sound design, but I really admire everyone's expansive knowledge of all things audio and would love to hear people's experiences with how their sounds end up in the mix. I'm starting a mix in 5.1 surround that is very effects heavy. Jets, explosions, crashes, beeps, buzzes, servos, and more, as well as foley and backgrounds. Having only mixed in stereo, I'm curious as to what people like in their surround mixes.
So far I've concluded I'm not a big fan of surround for surround's sake, or rather, I would like to avoid using it as a gimmick. As far as ideas go, for sounds that "appear" in the front, perhaps bleeding some reverb to the rear? What else would work well?