We just recently moved in a 10 year old house with a blonde (ugly) brick with taupe swirls and taupe grout exterior. They also made the fireplace the same color. From what we saw this fireplace didn't match anything in the house. (white walls, beige carpet, off white trim) Getting a good picture. We have change the wall color to a warmer beige and have white trim. Now we are ready for the fireplace. Your rag-rolling sounds nice. We did our kitchen walls that way. Do you still like it? I was thinking about staining the brick first then if that didn't look good to go with paint. So I just need to know how yours is holding up.