A brick fireplace can create a cosy atmosphere; however, it can also present a few interior decorating problems depending upon the brick colour, room wall colour and how much light the room gets during the day. Light wall colours may make dark red bricks look too garish while bright primary colours can make the bricks look dirty even when they aren't. The wall colour that goes with your brick fireplace will take all of these factors into consideration.
A light eggshell or off-white wall colour will enhance the brick fireplace when the bricks are a light to medium tan or highlight the white bricks in a red and white brick fireplace mix. The neutral wall colour creates a clean looking display of brick and makes the most of a room that does not get direct sunlight during the day. Firelight will bounce off the neutral walls at night, creating warm shadows.
Paint your walls taupe if your fireplace bricks are a deep red with light-coloured mortar. The taupe walls will make the room feel warm and showcase the brick fireplace without making it look too dark red or bright and garish. Taupe also helps to pick out the neutral colours of the brick mortar. It goes well with light or dark hardwood floors or a wheat or light brown wall-to-wall carpet.
Replace bright or jewel-toned wall colours with a light yellow. Bright colours can make the unfinished surface of your fireplace bricks appear uneven and dirty. Light yellow walls let the brick colour stand out on its own and reflect natural daylight to give the room with the fireplace in it a light, airy, refreshing feeling that counterbalances the heaviness of the bricks and mortar of the fireplace.
Olive green walls can create a warm and cosy space in a room with a brick fireplace, especially where the wood accents, such as the mantel, window and door trims and wall mouldings are all very dark wood. It also goes well with a very dark hardwood floor or carpet. Olive green walls can minimise natural or firelight glare and create a soft ambience, even around a heavy, dark red brick and mortar fireplace.