Backsplash help for chimney-style Brick Stove Surround
36" Capital Culinarian range has been ordered from Trevor. We built the brick around the stove to mirror the fireplace on the opposite wall of the living room. It hides a 1200cfm Eurostoves/Modernaire hood. I wanted to keep the backsplash the same as the fireplace, but the firebrick is both too thick and porous. Countertops will be leathered absolute black. Pictured is a cream stone tile which is close to the glazed cabinet color. My questions are:
1. Should we use the cream tile, matching brick pavers or something else?
2. Will the brick and/or tile be difficult to maintain?
Thanks in advance. This is our last big decision. This forum has been wonderful for ideas and research. It has cost me thousands of extra $,$$$'s upfront, but I'm confident it is money well spent.