We're still looking for ideas on finishing our fireplace (wood insert). The silver part of it won't show, just the black. We'll use a rustic looking timber as a mantle. Would you go with a granite tile (and if so, what would go best with the black fireplace and a medium color wood floor?) or with a stone veneer (like in the second photo)? And if we go with the stone veneer what would work best for finishing the "bench" in front of the fireplace?
The space on the right hand side is a woodbox and then a white bookcase above it.
Thank you so much for your help!