Suggestions: What to do with this Mantel?

I am at a loss as to how to decorate this mantel. The wall is solid river rock. With the TV mounted above, I cannot figure out how to make this look attractive. This end of the room is rather dark, though we are removing the wall to the right, opening into the living room. Should be brighter then. I'd like to paint the mantel white, and the crown molding, but hubby isn't a fan of that!
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Do the ends of the mantel show? They did in the orignal photo.
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