What color should our fireplace wall be?

by Lou
We would greatly appreciate your assistance in selecting a new color for the fireplace wall.

The color of our living room walls and fireplace wall is Sherwin Williams satin sheen Balanced Beige. All trim is Sherwin Williams gloss sheen Bright White. The fireplace wall is covered with troweled stucco. The first image shows the fireplace wall followed by a section of the Balance Beige stucco fireplace wall, textured living room wall and Bright White wood trim. Other images show are of the living room. Closeup image of various materials in the room are provided. The style of our interior is sophisticated causal.

We truly appreciate you help.

  39 answers
  • Joyce Buschek Joyce Buschek on Jan 10, 2017

    Check out the stone or other textured paint in the spray paint aisle at your local home improvement or craft store.

    - make up a sample "wall " (1' x 1' or larger) and paint it first. set it on the hearth and live with it a few days to see if you like it. Much easier than priming & repainting over something you dislike.

    - Prime your sample - and eventually your fireplace- with a paint that works on your fireplace surface that is the base color of your textured paint. Example: If you use a mostly grey stone texture paint, you will use fewer cans of paint to cover a grey base than you would to cover a light beige or white base. Let dry between coats.

    - Use a sealant over the final coat of textured paint.

  • Bonnie George Bonnie George on Jan 10, 2017

    You have a lot going on with patterns in a small room. Paint your walls a silvery light grey in a satin finish for reflecting light. Lightly sand your fireplace, leaving some texture and paint a darker grey. If funds allow, tile the hearth in a grey tone slate. Most slates have an orange streak here and there which will compliment some of the accent colors in the room. Keep the trim around windows and ceiling the existing white. Good luck. If you choose my suggestion I would love to see the end result in before and after pictures .

    • Jeannie Jeannie on Jan 13, 2017

      I agree with Bonnie's assessment. I recently went from brown tones to gray and a little blue. My rug in front of the fireplace is very much like yours, pictured just below the lamp. That is why I went with hues of gray. I would choose a soft gray for the other walls and leave the trim white. If you don't want to tile the fireplace, maybe the paint it the same gray as the walls but then hit the jagged edges with a shade darker for more texture. Love to see the finished project as well.

  • Bonnie George Bonnie George on Jan 10, 2017

    P.S. Fireplace paint should be a flat finish, not satin.

  • Lou Lou on Jan 10, 2017

    Thank you all.

  • Loretta Loretta on Jan 10, 2017

    Okay, I have no experience painting a fireplace, but, since you say sophisticated casual, I would say black for the fireplace. I cannot speak to type of paint, but I think black would be a nice strong sophisticated statement. That is if you are keeping the walls the same color? If you were to change the wall color then it would have to re evaluated. The light grey on the walls would look awesome with a dark charcoal fireplace. Personally I love the tiled fireplaces best, and this one could be beautiful with small checkerboard or horizontal thin tiles, all the way to the ceiling. A shelf or mantel in maybe the darker color of the tiles. Again I have not done this myself, but have seen many many fireplace reno's on this site alone. But something to think about. If you are not sure how you might feel, like someone said, you could do a paint preview . .but I would use a large cardboard box, open it up and paint it black and set it up to cover most of the fireplace

    to give you an idea of how that much of the color might feel. Do this with any color, using maybe a paint sample. That is what I would do anyway. Hope something I said will help.

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    • Loretta Loretta on Jan 17, 2017

      Not sure what peppercorn is, but sounds like a brownish black maybe??

  • Ginger Ginger on Jan 11, 2017

    Beautiful room. Warm and friendly. I feel because your room leans to the warmer natural colors, then a solid flat color that runs through your room would be a nice addition. A bolder color would make it the focal point of the room, you need to decide if that is what you want, or would you rather it blend in somewhat. You may not want people walking in and saying "Wow, look at that fireplace wall." In summary (I tend to run on) Just from seeing the pictures I see some coral tones, orange, brown, so maybe a very muted shade of rust or something just a little lighter. Try some paint swatches in different tones and maybe even paint a corner at the bottom left and top right and it can give you a feel of what it would be like. But I think you could decide from the paint swatches. Good luck, it's a great looking room. I think your decision will make or break your room. Take your time.

  • Ginger Ginger on Jan 11, 2017

    Meant to suggest that a textured wall would add a little boldness to the wall which would compliment

  • Ginger Ginger on Jan 11, 2017

    the style of furnishings and accessories. ( my cat has jumped in lap and hit the keyboard and broke up my message. Very sorry for taking up so much room).

  • Irene Gronewald Irene Gronewald on Jan 12, 2017

    not sheen... should have flat paint..on walls and stucco....inside house i know i have stucco... a brown bag color would be nice and set it out better from rest of walls flat paint no gloss basee boards o.k gloss

  • Ginger Ginger on Jan 12, 2017

    That's great, a very good start.

  • Ginger Ginger on Jan 12, 2017

    Possibly a muted shade of rust or maybe just a little lighter with very little pink in the color. Lean toward a tone muted with brown and a little yellow to keep it warm.

  • Leslie Mavis Oniki Leslie Mavis Oniki on Jan 12, 2017

    I'd keep it white, install a large chunky piece of wood for a mantle (an old beam, etc) and hang a large, interesting painting. minimal decor on mantel.

    Interesting how different we all are!!

  • Charles Prock Charles Prock on Jan 12, 2017

    Go to Home Depot or Lowe's and look at anything Ralph Lauren.....He has some amazing finishes and colors

  • Sal3170064 Sal3170064 on Jan 13, 2017

    I like the idea of keeping it white as Leslie says an adding a statement picture. But if you want colour then you need to use a coral tone as you have used that in furnishings throughout.

  • Barbara Barbara on Jan 13, 2017

    I'd pick a contrast color from your furnishings, upholstered pieces, keeping in the warm tones your wall color seems to suggest.

  • Truelsy2 Truelsy2 on Jan 13, 2017

    Deep charcoal gray

  • Carmen Edwards Carmen Edwards on Jan 13, 2017

    I agree with Brenda Truels - Dark gray and paint the mantelshelf white! A large mirror over the mantel in a copper frame would balance it beautifully!

  • Janice Janice on Jan 13, 2017

    I wouldn't touch it; it looks great as it is. Same colour as the walls. What I would do is add some kind of metal wall art  https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/261034100/large-metal-wall-decor-metal-wall-art?ref=market  ; cursor down to the circular 'Large Metal Wall Décor' (beside the angel wings),, sorry I can't copy the picture.

    Keep it simple, circular or square and airy. It can be hung from the crown molding with a fine chain if you don't want to make any holes in your stucco.

  • Mary Mary on Jan 13, 2017

    It is a hard answer what is on the other walls. For instance if the kitchen is visible make is the same color or close to the same color as the counter. If you leave it the same color as the wall your fireplace will disappear. If you like the color of the fireplace then paint the walls a different shade. Either way the fireplace should stand out.

    • Renea Renea on Jan 14, 2017

      If you don't want to do much work I would try a charcoal gray brick look you can find it at home depot online that looks like brick  just a thought

  • Jill Buckalew Jill Buckalew on Jan 13, 2017

    I would glaze it with a very sheer tint, beige or lt grey , over it, with the white showing through. And add a mantel . Artwork and artifacts to complete the scene.

  • Renea Renea on Jan 14, 2017

    The brick look I was talking about is wallpaper. My bad!

  • Gail Gail on Jan 14, 2017

    Gray seems to be a popular answer, but I don't see any gray in your living room. I see more earth tones (love that dragonfly lamp!). I would do the fireplace a muted warm green color, perhaps like a sage green. I would also do a floating shelf above. I also have a fireplace with no mantel, and I built my own floating shelf (with the help of a friend as my woodworking skills are not that good yet). We just finished it (see photo)and I haven't styled it yet, but just put a few things up there to "test" it out. Mine is stained and sanded and distressed because I like more of a cottage shabby chic look, but yours could be more traditional, with wood that is more finished, as I think that would go better with your decor. Whatever you decide, good luck!!

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  • Gail Gail on Jan 14, 2017

    Realized I added the picture with the blue tape still around it. That, obviously, has been removed.

  • Gail Gail on Jan 14, 2017

    Wait, I see in one pic it looks like you HAVE a shelf above the fireplace with corbels. I guess you removed it to prepare for painting? From the little I can see it, it looks nice.

  • 10689344 10689344 on Jan 14, 2017

    If you are still looking for ideas. I would paint it black, and possibly another color, then do the wall color over it. Then sand down and let the other colors peek thru. The mantel looks like it's a solid piece of wood. I would take a torch and touch it in places so it looks older and well used. I did this with mine and it looked great. Good luck with what ever you do. It's always fun to change things up.

  • Dlr10228366 Dlr10228366 on Jan 14, 2017

    I love Red so I would say a muted Red similar in color to what is in the rug. Second would be a light sage green perhaps. I love color and think a fireplace should be a focal point and not just blend into the wall.

  • Jo Jo on Jan 14, 2017

    Because your fireplace is textured and the adjoining walls are not, it already is a focal point. Just accessorize with smaller, decorated staggered shelves, art, metal art..... If you want the fireplace a contrasting color I would keep it in the color 'family' as your walls but a few shades darker--solid color or a 'wash'. If you want the adjoining walls on either side and fireplace place the same color, a 'feature wall', you could do the same as just the fireplace, however I would do solid color only. I don't agree with gray because all of the colors I see in your room are warm earth tones with just 'pops' of other warm colors. Gray or any 'drastic' color, i.e. Black, red, etc, would stick out 'like a sore thumb' and take away from everything else in your room--that's all you would see. Good luck! You have great 'bones' to work with, and I like what you've done so far.

  • Sophia,M.,McConnery Sophia,M.,McConnery on Jan 14, 2017

    To make it pop,paint it BLACK!

  • Terri Rider Terri Rider on Jan 14, 2017

    Burgundy Would really look great. You have that color incorporated in the room already.

  • Lamar Havard Lamar Havard on Jan 14, 2017

    Ever thought of faux stone? http://www.fauxpanels.com

    PS - Make SURE to watch their video...Yeow! (half-way down on the left of page)

  • Ginger Ginger on Jan 14, 2017

    I have seen some great suggestions here for you and I think you are going to have a terrible time making up your mind. So many of them sound great. The one that suggested black or another dark color underneath as a base and then as I understood it, paint over that with another lighter color of your choice, maybe the muted rust or coral and wipe down with a cloth so the black would show thru just a little, it sounds like a very interesting look. You could play around with that and be very creative as well. Maybe a good alternate underneath color would be brown, anyway I would be overwhelmed at this point. You have had so many good suggestions, I think I would put it out of my mind for a while( days) and go back and see what you think after the break.

  • S S on Jan 14, 2017

    I think the paint color of Bonjour Beige would look great painted on the fireplace wall. Not a super dark color, but a nice accent color.

  • Lindcurt Lindcurt on Jan 16, 2017

    I would want to accent the texture by wiping on some greys and browns, just to bring out the texture. Dab on the colors and wipe off most of the paint to keep it light. I love the stained glass lamp colors and think more green with your red accents would be beautiful. Maybe change out the red cloth on the sofa table for green. Maybe pop some sage green pillows on the couch. Possibly some curly willow branches in the red pot on the hearth to add some variation in the height of your décor. I'm not a symmetrical kind of person. I do love that red pot.

  • Carol Carol on Jan 16, 2017

    I like your living room and agree the fireplace needs a bit of help. I am not a fan of Stucco (and I live in the SW). The tiny nooks and crannies always attract dust. I do like your hearth. I would continue the stone up the bottom of the fireplace or find a tile to match and frame the firebox and and maybe the top of the hearth. I would cover the top with wall board, which I would paint the same as the living room walls. If you want, sand the mantel and refinish it like the door, a honey oak. Or try to find an antique mantel that would fit and just tile around the firebox. check architectural salvage yards. Or see if a cabinet maker/carpenter can build one. Check Pinterest for DIY fireplace remodel. it would dress up your room and go better with your style of furniture. Then add a mirror or painting above the mantel and you are done.

  • Kathy Simon Andersen Kathy Simon Andersen on Jan 20, 2017

    My suggestion is to pull a light tint of the khaki in the couch, to pull everything together. I would leave the hearth the color it is.

  • Irene Gronewald Irene Gronewald on Jan 21, 2017

    since you are working with beige..nuetrals."..brown bag.." it to define and bring it out ....

  • Michelle Brycelea Michelle Brycelea on Apr 10, 2017

    It's the eye catcher of the room. Put some tile on it with a mantle. With a pop of color in the tile. Make it stand out.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 27, 2023

    Warm White ( White with a touch of pink added!