Also in anticipation of appraisal, and to reduce the dark dreariness of winter, I have been painting the inside of the house. I've been looking at this dark brick wall for years, wondering how I could tie in with the rest of the room. It didn't occur to me that I might paint it until I ran across something online and had an "Aha! But do I dare?" moment. I finally dared.
Old room with green walls, cream fake wainscoting, and brick wall:
New room with light gray walls, cream fake wainscoting, and natural brick wall. This just didn't look right to me.
So I painted the wainscoting white, painted the walls a darker gray, and diluted the white paint to "whitewash" the brick:
I still have trim and molding to cut and install (and the brick near the floor to paint) but I think I like it. I have no choice, since you can't "unpaint" brick. The room is far less oppressive now, and it really shows off the fireplace. The brick looks older to me, as well, and more textured. It's funny what just paint will do.