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Should I paint my fireplace mantle black?

Paintbrush_Patty's picture

Fireplace surroundFireplace surroundI am looking for opinions on my fireplace mantle and surround. I recently painted my livingroom, and made the window coverings. (The walls are ICI's Meeting House and the trim will be ICI's Natural White.)The fabric on the windows covering is quite graphic and I love it. The colors tie into two large paintings I have on an adjoining wall.Right now, the fireplace seems very bland and lost between the graphic window coverings. I am considering painting the fireplace black. (mantle and side pieces)Do you think that it would look too heavy?I will also be building window cornices for over the window and the patio door. Should I paint them black also?Any help would be appreciated.Thanks! :)    

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2decorate's picture

Hi, Looking at the picture, my first thought would be to paint the fireplace surround a nice shade of deep taupe - the same shade as in your curtains.  I think it will really bring the entire room together and the fireplace will really pop then.  I would add accesories on the mantle in the deep red colour of the curtains and some gold accents. Good luck!

gmcauley's picture

Hello Paintbrush_Patty,

Our Fireplaces & Mantel Displays photo gallery has some gorgeous inspiration photos that you may want to check out.

Good luck with the fireplace!

Gwen McAuley

Paintbrush_Patty's picture

Hi there,Thank you for the great responses -- Canadian Mommy, special thanks to you for posting your pictures. Your fireplace and room looks GREAT! -- and I apologize for not getting back sooner to this thread.I need to clarify that the room is only a start in progress hence the lack of decor and accessories. I'm also in search of two armchairs to replace the dark oxblood club chair and now the sage green glider. I hope to find something in a linen color.So just for clarification, I plan on decorating! :)I really love my fabric choice, too, and it echos the feel of two large paintings I have that remind me of a trip to Madrid, Spain that are hung on an adjacent wall.Having said that, I think the black mantel and surround would be lovely and I'm going to paint it out. I'll post pics when I'm finished and the room is more pulled together. The red in the fabric on the window coverings is cranberry. So, I'll be pulling that color into the room with some accessories such as throw pillows, a new area rug, paintings, etc. I think too that it will help to support the dark mantel.The metal in our fireplace surround is brushed silver or nickel, not brass, actually. I can pull more silver or pewter into the room to compliment it.Anyway, I appreciate all the comments. Very helpful! (As usual!!!)Many thanks!

lovedesign's picture

I agree you do need to add more accesories for sure.Black sounds good for the fireplace surround, white for the cornices... Love the window treatments!!

CanadianMommy's picture

The fabric on your windows is fantastic!  Personally, I love a black fireplace mantel (maybe because I painted mine).  I've posted pix of it so you can get an idea of the "feel".  We have an identical fireplace in our master bedroom in white and to me it looks so plain.  The black mantel to me adds substance to the fireplace.  Everyone that visits loves the black surround and mantel.  It is unique!  A Benjamin Moore colour expert suggested black for the mantel and it is Universal Black (BM).

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