Light or dark? Both look fabulous! There isn't a wrong choice in the aesthetics of the mantels, just your choice. We love the dark charcoal with an antique mirror just as much as we love the ornate white with natural greenery. And when it comes to styling your mantel, go with the flow. If your space is simple, clean, and uncluttered, your mantle might be stately enough that it doesn't need a lot of layering. Especially if you use a well-stained railroad tie or one of the perfectly cut limestone mantels, you don't have to dress it up to make it stylish. On the other hand, if you have a more artistic vibe, your mantel should reflect that! Layer a mirror with some small art and finish it off with live greenery or vintage blown glass jars. The mantel is the heart of the room and should draw us in to gather around and enjoy our space.