Today is a little different, I am sharing a home other than my own! I am also talking about the plans, and I need your help. This post is all about a Fireplace redo, what color is best?
When I introduced Mary to the blog last month I had mentioned that we would be sharing her home and decorating ideas. She has a beautiful two story country home, with a big screened in porch that I am just itching to help her decorate! When I first went to her home she asked me about her brick fireplace, wanting my opinion on it. She wanted to change it up, do something but was not sure where to start. I suggested she could paint it and she likes that idea.
Since then she has been gently nudging me to help her paint it. However, she is at a loss on what color to paint it. Now, I know that there are some serious opinions on painting brick. The decision is that the brick WILL be painted, we just need your help deciding on the color.
To explain her family room a little bit might help out. This fireplace is at one end of her family with two big sliding glass doors on either side of this corner fireplace. The room has brown and red decor, with light tan painted walls. This is not what Mary hopes to stick with, she is not sure about her home decor style yet. That is part of what I hope to start working on with her, helping her find her personal decorating style.
For now we are keeping with the rustic and country feel, just brightening it up. My first inclination is white for the bricks. Stunning, stark and will bounce off any natural light beautifully.
There are so many options for this Fireplace redo. The mantle on is painted a tan color, I am leaning towards stripping the paint off and then staining the mantle back to wood. Or should it be painted the same color as the brick?
Another decision is how to handle the wood detailing on the top part of the fireplace? Should it be a different color than the brick, or keep it the same?
I keep asking Mary her preferences and she is all over the place, wanting to go white one minute, then the next going dark and bold. With this being her house I do not want to influence her home with my personal decorating style. So please keep that in mind when giving your color ideas. This does not need to “match” my home or the usual style I decorate in. This is her space, her family relaxes here and makes memories together. So we need to personalize it and carve out that beautiful space that she feels happy in.
Since I could not just talk about her fireplace I also wanted to share some pretty inspiration with you. So I gathered some of my favorite fireplace makeovers from my blogging friends. There are so many different ways to redo a fireplace! Even picking a style can be difficult. There is rustic, country, elegant, craftsman, minimalist and then a ton of in between options.
I have added shiplap to my living room fireplace and added tile to an electric fireplace surround in my bedroom. Both with very different features and styles.
The plan is for Mary and I to start tackling her fireplace soon. I am excited to start working with Mary on finding her decorating style. I think this journey will be fun for everyone else to follow along with on the blog. Depending on when you discovered this little corner of the internet you might have come along after my home was “done”. Even though I still have long lists of home improvement projects my home is pretty established in it’s style and decor.
Mary’s home is a blank slate and she is eager to start turning her house into a home. We will be decorating together, one DIY project, too many giggles, and lots of memories while we decorate her home while our husbands hang out in and our kids run around playing. So, help us out with this Fireplace redo, what color is best? The one hard no is to cover the brick with tile, leaving the brick there is pretty much the only restriction Mary and her husband Jeff have. So, share away!