If you have a Sam’s Club nearby, check out a book called “Junk Chic” by Kathryn Elliot, or maybe some of the myriad decorating books @ B & Noble. There are some really great things you can do with existing brick that might make you really glad you have it. Craft paints work well (like the faux finish paints, used with rag daubing and etc.) and if you really have a flair for the dramatic, mortar color can be changed using grout colorant and sealant.