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? Sent by Andie Powers Editor: Leave your suggestions for me in the comments — thanks! • Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here (those with pics get answered first).