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A fireplace anchors any room it’s in, even if it doesn’t actually work. And whether you want to disguise it and make it less visually obvious or enhance its architectural allure, paint is the best way to do so. We found 14 stylish painted fireplaces to help you decide how you want to decorate yours, from pops of color to subtle trimmings, and more. Keep reading to choose which interior designer look you want to recreate in your own home.
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Match Your Mantel and Moldings
In this contemporary dining room designed by Studio DB, the light gray painted mantel matches the painted trims and moldings for a subtle yet transformative layered look. The bright and cheerful artwork creates texture and dimension, and, along with the gold lighting, warms up the cooler elements of the room.
Work Around Preexisting Elements
Instead of completely renovating an old fireplace, work with the existing design. For example, “bespoke encaustic tiles sit beautifully with the original deep green glazed tiles of the fireplace,” say the design duo behind 2LG Studio. Embrace the colors with little decorative pieces in a similar tone and then paint the mantel a color that helps transition the tiles to the neutral wall color.
Mimic Natural Stone
Though sophisticated, this dining room designed by Arent & Pyke adds some playful personality by running with a bird theme. From the antique bird statue watching over the fireplace to the bird’s next on the mantel, these little details add a sense of humor to the formal and stylish space. And though the white mantel is a simple, go-to paint option, it really marries the swirls of the natural stone and the yellow and white artwork.
Paint It All White
Exposed stone and brick can look too dark and damp depending on your taste, but it’s nothing that can’t be fixed with a bit of paint. This floor-to-ceilings fireplace in a living room designed by Leanne Ford incorporates the best of both a classic mountain chalet and the Malibu coast thanks to the coat of white paint.
Make It Pop
The eye-catching pick paint covering this mantel really makes the entire fireplace stand out. Interior designer Kristen McCory tells us it was inspired by her client’s grandmother’s favorite lipstick color.
Fill the Entire Wall
“The clients wanted to elevate their space and I knew the full wall fireplace was an opportunity to do that! I randomly came up with this idea to do a tiered thing to it and covered it with my ever favorite concrete skimcoat,” says Leanne Ford.
Match It to Your Walls
If you have a favorite color and you’d be happiest living in a world of it, take note of this dining room designed by 2LG Studio. Everything is covered in a matte finish of the lush green tone.
Give It a Modern Update
If you live in a old home with a nonfunctioning fireplace, you can still get some use out of it style-wise. Fiona Lynch Studios painted the interior fireplace inky black while covering the ornate mantel in the same shade of crisp white used everywhere else.
In this child’s room designed by 2LG Studio, the pastel yellow door and mantel soften the graphic black and white features. The perfect way to make a traditional room feel youthful and fun!
Go Flush With the Wall
Rather than using stone for the fireplace, decorator Cathy Chapman opted for a more modern design surrounded by a custom blue paint and then brought the stone material to the walls for that old school romance and charm. “The stones used for the walls came from a quarry a couple miles away,” she tells us.
Honor Your Style
Brick doesn’t always vibe with sleek monochromatic decor, luxe natural stone materials, and modern art. The solution? Just paint over them with a dark or black color. This will create depth and make the old-timey character of bricks more discreet.
Opt for Lacquer
The glossy shine of lacquered paint can make a room feel larger. It has a similar effect to a mirror, as the high-shine finish allows for highlights and reflection. On the other hand, a dark color creates instant warmth and intimacy. Studio DB took advantage of both with this deep shade of turquoise in a high-gloss finish.
Though subtle, the black painted fireplace stands out against the navy walls for a cozy, understated color-block effect. Designed by Heidi Caillier, this living room is a winter oasis.
And last but not least, Leanne Ford painted this entire nonfunctioning fireplaces all white—even the decorative firewood. Then she choose one item to really pop in a bright color. In this case, she went with a bright red Pierre Paulin Ribbon Chair.
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