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This is basically what I'm thinking... An antique fireplace mantle with either tile or brick in a herringbone pattern like this, but all elevated. It will be FAB

I like the transition for the hallway to each room downstairs, it's a nice break between each room even if the doorways remain open.

Dining room hearth could be re tiled in black and white as cohesive link to entrance hall. Or use white only off cuts from entrance hall cut to size if pattern too fussy.