Paint fireplace and walls same lighter color?

Sue Prock
by Sue Prock
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  • Itsmemic Itsmemic on Jul 25, 2017

    no, not the sawe want the fireplace to be the focus. Same color different shades might work

  • Amanda Amanda on Jul 25, 2017

    I would leave the fire place but paint the walls the same color. Something light and bright.

  • Melody Stern Melody Stern on Jul 25, 2017

    NO! Not same color!Painting it the same color will not make it disappear! Better to take an eyesore and turn it into a focal point! Judging by the painting on right side of photo,you have a southwest style,w/brown as your main furniture color! Your room lacks color! Reds and browns don't mix as main colors,but red is ok as an accent color if it is bright, you must first think of what colors (shades you like).Not seeing any blues here! If you are fixed on the painting on fireplace,I would paint the walls a nice "cream" color(including paneled wall,sand lightly and prime)but make sure it has a yellow tinge not beige which has a pink undertone, using the paintings background color as a guide. Or...Even deep yellow on the walls,great with brown furnishings!!Next, paint fireplace,(make sure you clean off soot well before painting) Urban Putty by Sherwin Williams.This color goes well with just about anything!Add a long thick dark brown or even black mantle,(black would be my preference) this will set off the black surround,and make the picture above really "pop! Then add some colorfull adornments,(candle holders,small photos,books,pots, etc.,on either side,bring picture down to rest on mantle too!Now the fun part..add some multi colored pillows and some solids on chairs and sofa, keep in mind that these should have some browns in them!..colors that go well w/browns and southwest motiff can include..peaches,oranges, yellows, limey or fern greens, aquas or turqoise,even pinks! Stay away from whites,and dark reds! Good luck! I'm sure it will be gorgeous when done!....

  • Darlene Duncan Darlene Duncan on Jul 25, 2017

    I would choose the lightest shade of colour from the stone in the fireplace, and paint the walls that colour.. Your chair in the corner will pop out and be seen.. Your white floor fan will fade into the background a bit and not take the focus from the chair..

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    • Darlene Duncan Darlene Duncan on Jul 26, 2017

      Don't paint the fireplace, paint the walls a light shade from the FP stone, all shades in the stone are neutral, so you can do more with splashes of colour here and there..  Whatever you decide, I would like to see the final result.!

  • William William on Jul 25, 2017

    NO! When I redid my fire fireplace I painted it one shade darker than the walls. Its a focal point. You want to bring attention to it and not be lost in the room.

  • Sue Prock Sue Prock on Jul 25, 2017

    Thank you!

  • Sue Prock Sue Prock on Jul 25, 2017

    Thank you!

  • Connie Connie on Jul 25, 2017

    I would go lighter whitewash on the fireplace and a slightly darker tone of gray blue on the walls. It will give it a fresh look. I would also tone down the wood of the ceiling with a whitewash. Good luck!

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jul 25, 2017

    I would paint the wall first in a tone from the FP. If you still don't like the FP, you can do it then. Sometimes the effect is so nice, you don't need to do the rest.

  • Barb Barb on Jul 25, 2017

    Love the huge fire it just needs that focal point when you enter that room, I would go grey being the red wall and add a long ledge mantle.

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  • Patti D Patti D on Jul 26, 2017

    I would paint the walls, step back and see if how the fireplace looks without painting it. If you hate it paint the firplace same as the wall, if you hate that choose 2 or more shades darker of the wall color and paint the fireplace, worst case you can always repaint the firplace

  • Jayne Jayne on Jul 26, 2017

    Ah, the 50's! We had that same fire place in our last home. Knowing that the there were people that loved the look and were actually buying houses in our area for the fireplace...oh, yes, the pink tile bath room, I didn't want to paint it as once painted it is VERY difficult to go back. We took lots of pictures to show for when we ever decided to sell. Then we had the fireplace boxed in with bead board with out damaging the rock. It was mostly the trim at the top and bottom that held it. We had a mantle and surround built in front of it. This preserved the rock and gave me the cottage look I desired. It stayed that way for eight years and the new owner was thrilled to find the rock unscathed.