Still eyeing our unpainted brick fireplace (see here & here) every now and then, wondering what it would look like painted a fantastic dove grey or creamy vanilla.  But then I see a great room with au naturel brick and reconsider (you can hear my hubby saying "whew" in the background):


Of course this real-life bedroom, featured on the Better Homes & Gardens website, was previously a warehouse so this brick likely has a more storied past than the ole 1976 brick we have.  The same can likely be said for the room below: