I somewhat disagree with this… sometimes there are horrible situations that cause unbearable sadness, and it's those times that people have to learn how to deal with their emotions differently in order to get through the situation.
This is perfect for when I am traveling on business. I dress conservatively but with style. I am a small business owner, and like to project a professional image. I also have an obsession with denim jackets (I own 6 in colors from white to black)
Cozy seating area off kitchen with modern L-shaped sectional topped with brown and slate blue pillows paired with a wooden C shaped side table to the right and a pair of rattan and rope accent tables atop a brindle cowhide rug.
Thinking instead of painting your mantel black p a warm white, simply white, BM in satin gloss would be really nice. It will be a beautiful balance/compliment to your dark furniture pieces and will look great with the brick pulling out the lighter tones.