If you have brick at your how learn how to update brick to look new. I have seen where people paint the brick and depending on where it is, it can be a big improvement. On the outside of a house or on a fireplace however I do not care for painted brick.
I think it is okay to paint brick white in a kitchen or bedroom but that is about the only place that I would ever want painted brick. With this tutorial from Ask Anna Moseley you can learn how to update brick with concrete stain. She updated her fire place and it looks really nice. She had a bunch of readers send in photos of their brick updating projects using her tutorial and you should take a peek at those pictures because concrete stain can really make brick look fabulous.
One of the projects was a yellow brick house that got a red stain and looks like a new house. maybe your brick is ready to be updated and if so it looks like it is really easy to do.