Painting a tired, old fireplace can change an ageing room into a contemporary masterpiece in a flash. Plan before you paint to save yourself time and future remodels, and if your fireplace is a functional as well as an aesthetic feature, be sure to pick a paint that's not only stylish but fire-resistant.
If you have an old, soot-covered fireplace, a single, fresh coat of paint can go a long way toward a new look for your room. Scrub down the bricks and let them dry before you apply your paint. Then choose a colour that works in your room. A neutral colour or a shade similar to your walls will make your fireplace a better fit in a room that's already been decorated. If you're starting fresh, make the fireplace the focal point of your room by painting it a bold, bright colour, like red.
Pair It Up
If a simple paint job seems too basic for your tastes, pair up a paint job with another remodelling medium, such as tile. A bright tiled surround paired with a neutral coloured or complementary painted mantel may create the look you're seeking, or if you're looking for something a bit more striking, try pairing white tile with black paint for contemporary style decor If a rustic look is what you want, choose a paint colour that brings to mind the great outdoors and find a polished or rough wood mantel to match.
Get Creative with Paint Techniques
Sometimes a single colour or stroke of paint isn't what you want. If you're looking for something a little different, try a paint technique. Start with a single layer of paint and sponge or rag on other colours to create a stone-like look. Neutral colours, such as sands, tans and creams tend to work best, but you can go bold with a deep colour, like blue, under a paler tinted colour in the same colour family. If your mantel fireplace has flat sides instead of rough brick, try a marbling effect to add a little Old World elegance to your room.
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