Sunday, October 25, 2009

To Paint or Not to Paint That is the Question?

As we move closer to closing on our new house, I am spending many a sleepless night mulling over interior paint colors.
We are being given a blank canvas of fresh white walls and this ugly brick fireplace. I like brick don't get me wrong, but I much prefer it on a patio or on the exterior walls of a house.
Not standing out like a sore thumb in the middle of my living room.

I think I've decided to paint it, but I have color commitment issues. I want my house to flow and feel warm and inviting. I'm also trying to work with some of the existing fixtures in the house like the hard wood floors...

...the black granite in the kitchen and ...

...the tile in the foyer.

I love warm earth tones and I like traditional mixed with a touch of clean modern style.
My first inclination was to paint it white, but with three kids white is not the most practical color and it's, well BORING.
Then I thought black, or gray or creamy beige. I also have to keep the living room walls in mind.
Do I pick wall colors for the walls and then a color for the fireplace or do I pick a fireplace color and then choose the wall colors?
Since the fireplace is so large and is the main focus of the room and I want it to stand out, but not in a bad way.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Once I settle on colors the next thing I have to deal with is this...


karla said...

i'd pick your wall colors then find a complementary color for your fireplace. Maybe a shade or 2 lighter or darker. Look on the internet for ideas, grab lots of color chips from lots of paint places. Good Luck! Gotta say love the brass chandelier.

I heart said...

I saw go for it... paint the walls a neutral color and do the fireplace in a modern funky green color. But you have to be careful on the color though because you don't want it to stand out in a BAD way. I say have fun with it though. Don't be scared of color!

Marie said...

I'm so bad w/picking out colors. My walls are still badly in need of updating and I've been here over 10 years. I can't wait to see what you decide on though. :)