Good Questions: Should I Paint the Curved Fireplace or Not?

Good Questions: Should I Paint the Curved Fireplace or Not?

Maxwell Ryan
Aug 1, 2007

Hello AT,

I have a new client that has this rounded working fireplace so I thought I'd ask the group what you think I should do with it (besides replacing the screen). The room is going to be painted so should I just paint the fireplace the same as the rest of the walls and leave it at that or should a do something else with it?

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I've never had to deal with a fireplace like this so need some input. Oh, and since this is a new client we haven't picked out colors for the walls yet but he likes transitional style with a "gentleman's" look. He has a brown leather sofa (of course!) but it's nice - like a Ralph Lauren piece. Everything else negotiable.

thanks, anne

Dear Anne,

We say paint it a different color than the walls but something that relates closely to it. The idea here is that it you want it to be distinct but not scream out at you.

We'd also recommend a color slightly darker than the walls, but white is also a possibility if the walls are very light.

ALSO, we would definitely test a few options before committing. Really seeing the effect will ensure that you are confident with your decision.

Anyone else??

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