Color Ideas for Painting a Brick Fireplace

Written by d. laverne o'neal
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Color Ideas for Painting a Brick Fireplace
(fireplace with iron lattice image by Nikolay Okhitin from

Perhaps you purchased your home because of the homey, historic feel of its brick fireplace. Today, however, you have decided to make some changes. Perhaps you are modernising the room design or simply changing your colour scheme. Painting your brick fireplace can add new life to your room, or simply enliven the look of the brick. White, yellow, brown, and red shades are safe bets.


White is a good choice for painting your fireplace, as it will reflect more light, instantly updating the entire room and elevating mood. A fireplace painted white will meld well with white walls. If your walls are yellow, beige or even coral, white-painted brick can serve as a delightful counterpoint. Painting the fireplace white in a room dominated by other colours may also serve to make the fireplace the focal point of your room design. If you are not comfortable with stark white, hues such as cream or antique white, with yellow or brown undertones, make as warmer alternatives.


Yellow is another colour selection that both automatically helps brighten room decor and easily complements decorating choices. Lemon yellow will go well with off-white walls and beige decor. Straw-yellow can complement beige wall colour, with darker brown furnishings and fabrics. If you are looking to make the fireplace the focal point of the room, more vibrant shades, such as mustard or butterscotch are quality choices.


If your original brick is in the brown family, and you are not seeking a significant colour scheme modification, painting or staining the bricks brown might just be ideal. Using brown stain will allow you to freshen the appearance of the brick, while retaining some of its original flavour. If you elect to take this route, you may be able to avoid having to recolor the mortar between the bricks. Choose a brown that either approximates the colour of the original brick or is a just a few shades darker.


Red is another way to honour the character of the original brick while updating the look and feel of the fireplace. Tomato-red may be too violent for most tastes, but claret, burgundy, or cinnamon can be perfectly suitable. Again, painting or staining the brick in a colour that approximates the original can allow you to leave the mortar untouched. Ask a design or home improvement professional for advice on how best to freshen the look of your brick fireplace with tones of red.

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