(Sorry for the bad lighting. It's early morning and the sun is just coming up)
I did it! I painted the terrible dark brick in our family room. I went with a historical cream and I love it. Thank you all for encouraging me to go forward with it. Now I'm turning my attention to the other three walls of the room. I'm going with a shade of blue/green/grey. I think it will warm up the room and really pop against all of the wood and silver in the room. I also need to purchase new drapes but I haven't seen what I'm looking for yet. There is hardwood under the carpet (this is the only full carpeted room in our home) but the former owners just put this carpet down last year so I'm waiting for it to wear out before I rip it up and expose the gorgeous wood underneath. I can't wait:) I'll post more photos when I'm finished.