Don't Like the Marble Surround — Replacement Material?

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Q: We just bought a Victorian Style condo built in the 1890's (larger photo below). We love the vintage fireplace surround but can't stand the purple marble that was installed during a rehab about 20 years ago. We would like to replace it with something brighter (we are thinking white to tie in with the white trim). Any suggestions on what matierials to use?
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Ceramic tile? White Marble? White painted brick? These are just a few of our ideas, but we would love some feedback. Also, any thoughts on paint colors to match the wood color? Thanks for your help!

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