We just bought a house with a pretty sizeable brick fireplace in the great room. I'm not particularly in love with the rustic feel or the brick colors and will ultimately be aiming for a more sophisticated/chic contemporary look in the room -- potentially taupe or gray as the neutral. I think painting the fireplace could backfire, especially since it's so big. Thoughts on improving the look otherwise? At minimum, I can try and get rid of what look like some old green paint remnants. Maybe even paint over select red bricks with white? Please ignore all of the furniture and paint colors currently in the room photo. The only photo I have is from when the house was staged and doesn't at all reflect what the decor will hopefully be once I'm moved in.