Updating an old brick fireplace
We bought a 100 year old home which has a red brick (non-working) fireplace with white mortar. It has a beautiful oak mantel, but the rest of it is ugly. We installed a very realistic crackling log electric insert which also is a heater, and which adds a homey look to the fireplace. Should I just paint the bricks a light color, or should I install an oak fireplace surround? The windows in the room are trimmed with oak crown moulding. I want to keep the fireplace consistent with the rest of the living room.