Is a little whiter, a little brighter.
I've wanted to paint the bricks on my fireplace surround for a looonng time. A really long time. I have no fear of painting. Most things. Brick however, is not a quick and easy fix if you don't like it, if you change your mind on a whim, like some people. But after seeing this photo, in my post from last week
Yikes! That's some ugly brick! Too much color and contrast is going on. I like color, but muted, serene color. Not jarring to the eye, screaming in your face color. The red in those bricks, against the blue on wall, then the white trim not to mention the wood tones. TOO much! I realize taking a photo with the TV on wasn't the best choice either, but that aside, there is still a lot for the eye to take in. It's like the look I'm going for is floating all around this fireplace. See the softness of the mantle. I like that. Except for the freaky reflection of the ceiling fan. All would be pretty cool if that Mr. Loud FP wasn't in the picture, and his freaky friend Ugly Ceiling Fan.
So, last night I quieted things down a bit. Mitch was at work. I was home alone, so I got out the paint and went to work quieting down that noisy fireplace.
I had some bead board wallpaper left over from the kitchen so I dragged that out too. It turns out I didn't have as much left over as I thought. Only enough for one side.
Even lopsided, it made the view from my chair this morning so much nicer.
Now I have to decide if I want to do the whole room with the bead board wp or just the fireplace wall. Thoughts?
I'm going to add a trim board at the top of the bead board. Probably something along the lines of this.
I think I will also paint above the mantel white and add some trim to frame out and add emphasis to the fireplace so it doesn't get lost.
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