Updating old tired fireplace/hearth
I have a long narrow family room 17' x 11'. One end opens to the kitchen (Blue-Ivory colors) it ends with the fireplace/hearth taking up the entire wall. (Note: this is also where the TV has to be.)
I want to build book shelves/TV cabinet on each side of the fireplace. Put in a new mantel (more reg size) and tile around the fireplace opening to update it. (The tile guy said he can do this over the existing brick.)
Suggestions on what type/color tile to use? (I'm trying to open the space up, but want the fireplace to be the focal point of the room.) I am thinking a soft sage - beige color scheme.
Here is a link that might be useful: photos