How Do I Give Fireplace a More Modern & Inviting Look?

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Q:We have this tiny fireplace in a strange corner of our condo which is filled with white candles at the moment. It is flush with the wall, and the trim panels are comprised of some sort of black metal. Also, the hearth is a slightly raised, silly marble (doesn't match our decor at all) with wooden trim.

We have thought about painting the trim panels, but are not sure. We love the look and feel of painted, white brick fireplaces, to give you an idea of our style (although that specific look is pretty much impossible in this case). Readers: any ideas on how to make this space more clean, modern and inviting on a budget?

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