I am taking over a residential care facility with a smallish living room. I cannot make structural changes so I need ideas to make this room look bigger, warm and updated without spending a lot of money. What do you think about a dark old mantel (shelf) over the fireplace? Should I paint the brick? What about having curtains on both sides of the fp? There is a patio door on the right side of the fp. The second picture is on the right side of the fp just before the patio door. I am thinking of removing the mini office and use that as additional seating area. Ideas?