The Best Paint Colours to Update and COORDINATE with Your Brick Fireplace
Partner post to How to Update Your Fireplace – 4 Fireplace Update Ideas
If you’ve been following my blog for a while (bless your lil’ heart) you’ll know that I LOVE to paint anything that men HATE to paint -brick, wood, you name it and I’ll paint it (including my body). In fact, I’m sure that I am the featured image on many a dartboard across the country.
And I’m not picking on men here, I swear. It’s just that in my decorating adventures, I’ve found that men are the LEAST likely to want to paint brick or solid wood pieces – EVEN IF they are butt-ugly.
BTW – the font sizes are mixed up on this post – I’m trying to fix it (but am mildly stumped).
So, this blog post is for the men (and the odd woman) who despise painted brick and are desperately hoping to find a paint colour for their walls that makes their brick fireplace look fabulous!
The first thing I’m going to say about these colour suggestions is that these are ONLY ‘guideline colours’
Guideline colours are colours that get you off on the right foot – without being definite. There are SO many colours of brick out there, it would be IMPOSSIBLE to cover each and every one. I am my own personal hero, but I’m not THAT good.
What I’ve done instead is given you one main colour to explore and then other colours that are similar, but perhaps have different undertones and depths, so you have a range to look through.
Please note these 2 important details:
- These colour suggestions are NOT for exteriors. Paint colours can look CONSIDERABLY different on an exterior compared to the interior
- MOST of these suggestions are with ‘softening and blending’ in mind, rather than accenting and highlighting – I can only fit SO much into one blog post!
Let the games begin!!
The Best Wall Colours for a Red or Red-Orange Brick Fireplace
This is one of the easier bricks as it suits a variety of paint colours!
Sherwin Williams Dovetail SW 7018
Are you feeling brave? Dovetail is a beautiful, medium-toned warm gray. It can be a subtle complement to your brick as it isn’t colourful. You can consider Dovetail as an ‘accent wall’ colour and pair it with a light neutral or use it on ALL of your walls.
Sherwin Williams Natural Tan SW 7567
Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117
With its fresh warm undertone, Simply White is a great way to create a fresh and bright look, without the starkness of regular white paint.
Sherwin Williams Web Gray SW 7075
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Colours and undertones to avoid on your walls if you DON’T like your red-orange brick…
If you want things to stay low contrast with the hopes that your brick doesn’t look any redder or more orange than it already does then you’ll want to stay from greens and blues on your walls. Green and blue colours (and those undertones in neutrals) will accent the brick. Cool paint colours will bring out the colour not only in your brick, but the brick will enhance your paint colour as well.
Read more: 4 Fireplace Update Ideas
The Best Paint Colours for a Brick Fireplace with Brown Tones
You can find brown in a LOT of brick blends. These blends can also include cream, red, purple, peach and more!
Benjamin Moore Kingsport Gray HC-86
Kingsport Gray is a medium-toned greige that leans more brown than gray.
Benjamin Moore Muslin OC-12
Muslin is a soft, gentle beige with very flexible undertones that suit MANY of the brown-base brick fireplaces. While it won’t necessarily look ‘exciting and stimulating’ it might help to tone down the pink and neutralize your space.
Sherwin Williams Loggia SW 7506
Loggia is a light-medium beige with SUPER muted undertones, so no overly golden colours will pop up on you.
Sherwin Williams Anew Gray SW 7030
Anew Gray can be a stretch for a lot of brown brick fireplace, but it’s worth a try! Anew Gray is a light-medium greige that is pretty well-balanced.
Read more: The 10 Best Gray and Greige Paint Colours
Colours and undertones to avoid on your walls if you DON’T like your brown-inspired brick…
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Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…
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- At $6.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needing for traditional paint sampling
- If you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room
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The Best Paint Colours to Coordinate With a Pink or Salmon-Toned Brick Fireplace
Of course, I’d love to show you some LOVELY images of rooms redecorated with a pink brick fireplace, however…they don’t exist. Either people don’t put them on the internet or they simply gave up and painted their brick white.
Both of the fireplaces above have pink tones
Benjamin Moore Cedar Key 982
With its beige base and slightly gray-taupe undertone, Cedar Key can work nicely with a pink-toned fireplace. While it won’t necessarily look ‘exciting and stimulating’ it might help to tone down the pink and neutralize your space.
Paint colours similar to Cedar Key: BM Baby Fawn / BM Maritime White /
Benjamin Moore Maritime White 963
Maritime White is an off-white that has a soft, cream look, but also harbors a wink o’ pink.
Benjamin Moore Metropolis CC-546
For a look that’s more rich and exciting, consider Metropolis as an accent wall colour. When paired with a soft off-white paint colour, Metropolis will add depth to your space and could sit nicely with your pinkish fireplace. Or be brave and paint the whole damn room!
Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist OC-27
Balboa Mist might be a bit of a stretch for some brick fireplaces, but it’s worth a try if you’re hankerin’ for a grayish colour!
Colours and undertones to avoid on your walls if you DON’T like your pink brick…
Because that pink is hiding in there, you need to avoid greens and blues. Greens and blues can accent the pink and bring it out in its full glory
Unless it’s in a baby’s room, pink and yellow are a completely nauseating combo
The Best Paint Colours to Coordinate with a Purple or Purple-Red Brick
I love this brick as it’s rich, stately and makes such a fabulous focal point.
I apologize for the lack of light in this photo, I do rely on E-design clients to send me their photos and interiors can be tricky!
Sherwin Williams Repose Gray SW 7015
Paint colours similar to Repose Gray: Not much, maybe the slightly darker SW Mindful Gray
Sherwin Williams Anew Gray 7030
Anew Gray is a gorgeous, light-medium greige that sits nicely between gray and beige.
Benjamin Moore Classic Gray 1546
Classic Gray is an off-white warm gray with a subtle purple undertone.
Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray SW 7019
Gauntlet Gray is a gray paint colour with a solid brown/taupe base.
Colours and undertones to avoid on your walls if you DON’T like your purple brick…
True blue never works
Green can work if you are looking to further enhance the tones of this brick. However, if you want to keep things on the down-low, then refer to the wall colours listed above
The Best Paint Colours to Coordinate with a Yellow and Orange Brick Fireplace
This brick is not as common as others (thank God) because it can be challenging to update – and the more yellow it is, the more challenging it is. If you want me to be brutally honest with you, this is one brick that I would paint. You could paint the walls and say ‘Well it looks better than it used to…’ or you could just paint the brick and say to yourself, ‘NOW I can decorate my room the way I WANT to without being held hostage by this damn brick!’
However, for those of you who are enamoured with your brick, I DO have a few ideas up my sleeves…
If you don’t believe me, then here are a few colour thoughts for you…
Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray
You’ll be living on the wild side with this one! Yellow and gray is a lovely colour combo in the design world! Chelsea Gray is a lovely rich-toned charcoal gray that will tap nicely into the grout of your brick fireplace, bringing a sense of calm and balance to the room.
Benjamin Moore Whitall Brown
If you’re dealing with predominantly yellow brick, this is the ONE colour that I could really live with on my walls. Whitall Brown is chocolate brown that is neutral; meaning that it’s not overly orange-toned nor too gray.
Benjamin Moore White Down OC-131
White Down is a soft warm off-white. It’s a cream but has a strong neutral base to calm it down. It ALL depends on which colours your brick favours.
Paint colours similar to White Down: SW Steamed Milk
Benjamin Moore Navajo White OC-95
Navajo White is a lovely light cream with a warmth in it that is softened by a modest neutral base.
Colours and undertones to avoid on your walls with yellow-orange brick…
Opposites will attract. So, avoid greens and blues if you are hoping to keep this colour as soft and gentle looking as possible. By pairing an orange/yellow toned brick with cooler tones, you will bring out the colour of it which might be a good thing – but usually isn’t
- Pink tones are DEFINITELY not good as pink and yellow/orange are pretty gross together (not including kids rooms) and I would also avoid purple
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KYLIE M INTERIORS E-DESIGN
VIRTUAL, ONLINE PAINT COLOUR CONSULTANT, SPECIALIZING IN BENJAMIN MOORE AND SHERWIN WILLIAMS PAINT COLOURS AND DIY DECORATING IDEAS
Originally written in 2017, awesome updated in 2019