Except with a wood stove in it - Have a red brick fireplace with dark wood mantel? This is a great example of how to dress it up and bring out the best in it! From the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of KC Weddings.
Monica's fireplace makeover… beautifully whitewashed, or grey washed, brick with a lighter grey paint color to flank the fireplace…actually, a greige would likely be better because the warmth of the brick still comes through.
Love the wall paint color - classic, elegant fireplace Neutral Paint with red brick.For those older brick fireplaces, add wood pieces to make them look more elegant and adds better mantle to place things on!