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Same exact woodwork on top we already have. Paint white and switch to tile?
Nice color and scale of tile. We'd have less of it. What goes on the floor in front?
Good choice for tile. Goes with everything. Grey subway tile.
Fun, trendy tile, but only in texture? Maybe too much white in the middle of the wall.
Dark tile would make the gas insert stand out less. I like this varigated neutrals pattern.
Paint it all black?
Opposite of subway tile. Charcoal, slim, lined up. I like it.
Another unique tile shape, but keeping it monochromatic.
More tile inspiration.
Glass mosaic tile.
Ricardo mentioned this technique: Venetian plaster
Could paint mantel darker instead of white.