Black (slate?) fireplace- can I lighten it and have it keep nuance?

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Hi all- I have this black stone fireplace. Is it slate or what stone? Main question is- is it recommended to paint it or will it look too fake and cover the beauty of the stone. It is very dark and heavy int he space. I have light bamboo floors and yellow walls. I will post better photos in the daytime also when the things are moved. Any ideas on if I can keep the sense of the natural quality of stone but just lighten it some? Also my ceilings are not high, and its not so bright... so I painted it yellow. Wonder if there are other ideas to open up the space? Thanks so much in advance.

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