We are updating our entry way to something similar, so we needed the fireplace to balance out the front door and tie the rooms together.
The white from the entry way balances out the white from the fireplace and makes the room look taller and more cohesive.
It's a bit far away - but you can see the cream brick, gold fireplace finish and beige walls
Here's a nice comparison of the colors. Walls are Behr Silver Sateen and the Bricks are Behr Base Ultra White
We spray painted the brass a Matte Black (it's actually for grills and bbq's, so it's rated for high heat and looks great). Rug is from Target.
I promise the curtains will be fixed soon.