What color should we paint our fireplace?

June 19, 2012 | My Jottings

As I’ve mentioned before, we don’t plan on changing very much about our new house. Been there, done that.

We’re old, and not in the mood.

The two things I think we will change are the office walls (I’m still thinking about red and white toile wallpaper!) and the lime green fireplace.

There’s a neat little fireplace in our dining area, which is in between the living room and the kitchen. This fall, we’ll have a gas insert installed in the fireplace (we’re not in the mood to haul wood either) and I know how much we’ll appreciate a cheery fire during snowy winter mornings, or having a comforting little blaze at dinner time.

We also plan to change out the light fixtures in the kitchen.

Good morning Michael!

I’m not sure what color to paint the brick of the fireplace. The things we have for our kitchen are Delft colored — lots of dark blue and white. Our new kitchen is on the modern side, with cherry cabinets and sleek pulls. I’m not sure the two styles can actually meld, but that’s okay.

I’d like to have your opinion on what to paint the bricks of the fireplace. A friend suggested metallic copper, another friend suggested caramelly light brown. Someone else thinks a neutral taupe would do, and another person suggested darkish periwinkle blue to help us use all our blue stuff in the space.

What do you think? I’d love to know…


  1. Patty says:

    In order to give a proper opinion of what color to paint the bricks on the fireplace I think I will need to sit at the table and have a cup of tea with you, maybe chat long enough to see how the light through all of those lovely doors affects the room and so on…..ok?

  2. Just Julie says:

    That sounds divine, Patty! When will you arrive? xo

  3. Ember says:

    Could you re-tile it with Delft tiles maybe? And you are sure about the gas fire? Playing with a real fire and the lovely fragrance . . . somewhere indoors to burn confidential papers and cardboard packaging . . .
    Light fittings! We have two that we know we don’t like, but it’s hard to find ones we do. What kind will you be having?

  4. Just Julie says:

    Ohhhh….I hadn’t even thought of Delft tiles!! I have a friend who had that done to her fireplace and it’s stunning. You have just given me a completely new direction to think toward. Thank you!

    I will send you a link to the little lights I ordered for over the “bar” or whatever that section of the granite countertop is called.

    I like the smell of a wood fire and much prefer it, Ember. I just know what I can add to our lives and what we can’t. We would have to stack wood quite a ways from the front door…I fear I’m getting too lazy. 🙁

  5. Tauni says:

    Just so you know, I am with Patty! I will keep you posted as to when I might be joining you!!

  6. Just Julie says:

    Yay Taun! Can’t wait to see you again….

  7. Sharon says:

    My vote is for a rich red. I think it will marry the granite and the Delft collection better than anything else.

  8. Just Julie says:

    I love deep red! So many possibilities, Sharon! I think I’ll be getting some little jars of various colors to try on it very soon…red will be one…

  9. Linda says:

    I agree with the color expert – a rich red would be beautiful. I love red. I once painted an old upright piano with red lacquer. It was gorgeous.

  10. Just Julie says:

    I can’t wait to get some paint samples and try out the red Linda. I’m always drawn to it. I can picture that piano… 🙂 Thank you!

  11. Ganeida says:

    I like Ember’s deft tile idea though what I thought initially was why not take it back to the natural brick colour? ~ only of course that may be horrible, which is why it got painted in the first place. Keep us posted.

  12. Just Julie says:

    I think painting or tiling would be so much easier than taking who knows how many coats of paint off. I’m into easy these days. xxoo

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