How To Lend Height and "Wow Factor" to Fireplace Wall?

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Q: As you enter my family room there is a lower, shorter wall, all brick, with a fireplace. It is nondescript, fairly boring and screams, *yawn*. I have two things on it I love; one is a framed print of Alphonse Mucha's The Seasons, the other is a ceramic tile of Klimt's The Kiss. I would like the fireplace to be more of a focal point and to have more presence.

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I don't tend to seasonally decorate, with the exception of Christmas. I just took down a few things (visible on the couch in the last image) that had just been hanging out on the mantel without a purpose. I like simple lines, and the house is in the Arts and Crafts style. Painting the brick is not an option. Any suggestions to lend height, presence and a wow factor in keeping with the style of the house would be great. Thanks!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.