Original Mantel Tile - Tacky or Classic?

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Q: My husband and I are in the process of buying a historic home in Durham, North Carolina built roughly around 1910. It has almost all of its original features intact, including (non-functioning) fireplaces in four of the rooms. The first mantel when you walk in the front door is the only mantel that has tile on it and it is, perhaps, the most horrific tile I have ever seen in my life:

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It's a shimmery, bright, pearlescent green. So far everyone who has seen it has commented on how terrible it is. I realize it's almost certainly original to the home, and the thought of removing it doesn't feel great. But if I did I would, of course, replace it with something from the same era, just not so blatant and loud. My husband, on the other hand, feels very strongly that it would be sacrilegious to remove it, and thinks we should embrace it.

Am I a bad person for wanting to remove something original to the home? Do you have any suggestions for how to make this less loud and glaring?

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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.