I just purchased this great mantle on Craigslist. I'd like to cover my fireplace with dryway and take down the existing mantle (see picture) and replace it with this beauty. There is a new honed black granite hearth directly in front of the fireplace (its wood burning) that's about 18" wide by 78" in length.
What colour should I paint the mantle? I recently had the walls painted in Martha Stewart Whetstone Gray. Its a light grey tone...I also bought a gallon of Sharkey Gray (one shade darker).
Should I paint the mantle to match the walls, emphasizing the character of the new mantle...? Or should I paint it the darker shade, or perhaps a dark grey in a matte finish...creating some contrast against the lighter walls?
I'd love to know your thoughts/opinions...