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The Best Paint Colours to Update a Brick Fireplace

Posted on October 3, 2019 by KylieMawdsley

 

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). 

how to update brick fireplace by painting

Does the thought of painting this make you break into a Richard Simmons style sweat?

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.

Exposed brick wall in entryway area with black door and wood flooring. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, consultant for best paint colours from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin online

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!

Best paint colour sto go with brick fireplace. Kylie M INteriors E-design, online paint color consulting (1)

The best paint colours and ideas to update a red, red-orange brick fireplace. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consultant, virtual advice

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.

Paint colours similar to Dovetail: SW Classic French Gray / BM Chelsea Gray / BM Metropolis

Sherwin Williams Natural Tan SW 7567

This is a fabulous neutral tan colour – it’s like slapping your nicest pair of khaki pants on the wall! SW Natural Tan is slightly warm but is overall, a relatively neutral tan paint colour.

Paint colours similar to Natural Tan: SW Canvas Tan / SW Neutral Ground / SW Accessible Beige

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.

Paint colours similar to Simply White: SW Pure White / BM White Dove

Sherwin Williams Web Gray SW 7075

If you want to have a bit more fun, Web Gray is a beautiful way to contrast with your brick and add some energy to the room. I recommend partnered it with a soft white or off-white paint colour.

Paint colours similar to Web Gray: BM Trout Gray / BM Anchor Gray

Best paint colour sto go with brick fireplace. Kylie M INteriors E-design, online paint color consulting (2)

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Kitchen cabinets painted Benjamin Moore Ballet White with glaze, Cedar Key walls, travertine tile floor and red orange brick walls. Island with wood top. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, client photo

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!

Brick with brown in it, best paint colours (1)

Brick with brown in it, best paint colours (2)

 

The best paint colour ideas to update a brick fireplace with brown, peach, cream and more. Kylie M Interiors, edesign, online paint color consultant. Benjamin and Sherwin

Benjamin Moore Kingsport Gray HC-86

Kingsport Gray is a medium-toned greige that leans more brown than gray.

Paint colours similar to Kingsport Gray: SW Mega Greige / BM Alexandria Beige / BM Pashmina

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.

Paint colours similar to Muslin: SW Kilim Beige / SW Natural Linen / SW Accessible Beige

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.

Paint colours similar to Loggia: SW Balanced Beige / BM Stone Hearth

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.

Paint colours similar to Anew Gray: SW Mega Greige / SW Versatile Gray / SW Balanced Beige / SW Colonnade Gray

Read more: The 10 Best Gray and Greige Paint Colours

Sherwin Williams best warm gray greige paint color, Colonnade. Brown brick vaulted fireplace in living or family room. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour advice

Colours and undertones to avoid on your walls if you DON’T like your brown-inspired brick…

Well, it depends on the look you’re going for, but generally speaking, it’s best to avoid green and blue.

Online paint colour consultant Benjamin Moore Sherwin Williams, Vancouver Island, USA, UK. Interior, exterior, edesign colors. Kylie M Interiors, blogger marketing (7)

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Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…

Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…

  • Samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
  • 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

Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE

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.

Best paint colours for pink brick fireplace

Best paint colours for brick fireplace that has pink

Both of the fireplaces above have pink tones

This next photo shows a stone, not brick, but it CERTAINLY has those pink undertones! Which sample do you think works best with this fireplace?

Comparing Benjamin Moore Collingwood, Balboa Mist, Winds Breath, pink toned vintage stone fireplace. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color advice expert (2)

If you guessed the far-right – YOU’D BE RIGHT!

The best paint colours and ideas to update a red pink brick fireplace. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consultant, virtual advice. Expert in Sherwin and Benjamin

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.  

Paint colours similar to Maritime White: SW Anew Gray / BM Cumulus Cloud / BM Collingwood

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!

Paint colours similar to Metropolis: SW Dovetail / SW Pewter Tankard

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!

Paint colours similar to Balboa Mist: BM Classic Gray / SW Alpaca / SW Modern Gray

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.

Best paint color for dark wood trim, brick fireplace. Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige. Kylie M Interiors E-design, online paint colour expert

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! 

The best paint colours ideas to update a purple brick fireplace. online paint colour consultant, virtual advice. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, Specializing in Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray SW 7015

Repose Gray is a light warm gray that favours a mild purple undertone. But be careful, it can sometimes flash a wink green or even blue – grays are known to do this.

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.

Paint colours similar to Anew Gray: SW Mega Greige / BM Cumulus Cloud

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray 1546

Classic Gray is an off-white warm gray with a subtle purple undertone.

Paint colours similar to Classic Gray: BM Silver Satin / SW Incredible White / SW Eider White

Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray SW 7019

Gauntlet Gray is a gray paint colour with a solid brown/taupe base.

Paint colours similar to Gauntlet Gray: BM Chelsea Gray / BM Metropolis / SW Dovetail

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray, red brick fireplace, white mantel, greige paint colour. Kylie M Interiors E-design

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…

the best sheen to update and paint an old brick fireplace

If you don’t believe me, then here are a few colour thoughts for you…

The best paint colours and ideas to update a yellow or orange brick fireplace. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consultant, virtual advice

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.

Paint colours similar to Chelsea Gray: SW Classic French Gray / SW Dovetail / BM Amherst Gray

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.

Paint colours similar to Whitall Brown: BM Brown Horse / BM Willow

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.

Paint colours similar to Navajo White: BM Gentle Cream / BM Indian White / SW Casa Blanca

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 

Need help with picking the right colour? 

Check out my Online Consulting for your own personal colour consultation! 

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Originally written in 2017, awesome updated in 2019



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Comments

  1. “I am my own personal hero, but I’m not THAT good.” Ha ha ha. Kylie – your website has be A.W.E.S.O.M.E!!! I’m so grateful to have stumbled across your site via a google search for ‘what paint colour works with brick?’ Yours was the only website that had the balls to make a choice and put your opinion out there, and provide lovely pictures and samples. You’ve made what might have been a tricky decision very easy. THANK YOU x Love etc, Avril

  2. I came across your site while searching for suggestions on what color to paint my bathroom that has an exposed multi-color brick chimney. I was really frustrated until I came across your page. I love that you suggested actual paint color instead of just vaguely suggesting “a color in a certain tone”, which is what all other sites did. It made the process of picking out the wall color so easy! I made the mistake of painting the room with a taupe-pink color, and now the bathroom looks like a disaster! I can’t wait to repainted the walls with one of the colors you suggested! Thanks a billion!

    1. Hi Mindy, thank you SO much for letting me know that! I love when my advice really resonates with someone and helps them – I know picking colours can be hard!
      Hope it’s all worked out for you!
      ~Kylie

  3. Thanks ever so much, Kylie! Like the others said, it’s so helpful to come across an expert who will really put forward helpful advice, instead of vague notions… My husband and I recently bought our first home. It’s a brick ranch from the 50’s, and we’ve completely gutted it. The only “native” element that remains is an exposed brick wall in what will be our dining room. We love it, but I have been having a rough time trying to figure out what colors will work best in there! Thanks to your tips, I am on my way. Now I just have to go stare at that wall to confirm my suspicion that it’s pink brick.

    1. Hey Kelsey! I’m SO glad you’ve found some value in my site – yay! Send me a photo of your fireplace and I’ll let you know what you’re dealing with so you can start off on the right foot([email protected])

      Also, I do affordable Online Consulting so if you are having any troubles just holler (I can give you 3 colour options/ideas for $60). But regardless, at least me telling you what brick you have will get you off and running 🙂

      Chat soon ~Kylie

  4. Our brick fireplace is great but I didn’t like the oak mantle above it ~ I thought it conflicted with the brick ~ until I spotted one of your pictures that looks identical. Thanks for showing how brick fireplaces can hold their own, and look great!

  5. I am struggling right now with what to do with my oak kitchen cabinets. Updated floors to an array of grays, beige, brown, off white slate look, with just a hind of tan. Looks great with my Winners quaint retreat table, chairs and buffet. Just enough colour to tie everything together. However, what colour to put on those walls with lurking oak cabinets. Colour must also flow into living room and hall. Floor in living room is a bit of an orangey oak in the right light as well. Throws pink on wall so have to be careful of beiges. Ughh!

    1. Hi Margaret! With questions like yours that aren’t quite straight forward I refer readers to my Online Consulting so that a) I can see photos of your space and b) ask some important questions with regard to exposure, personal tastes, etc… Any suggestions I would have wouldn’t be beneficial enough as there are so many things to take into consideration. https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
      Thank you for asking and hope to hear from you!
      ~Kylie

  6. Hi Kylie
    Thank you for the great information on coordinating paint colors for pinkish/ red brick fireplaces. We are purchasing a house with this type of fireplace. Just wondering could I paint the wall with the fireplace a darker brown to make a focus wall and the other walls a lighter color. Not sure how it would look.
    Thank you
    Nicole

    1. Hi Nicole, you bet you can! Now stay away from the orange brown and stick with the more neutral ones (I love Whitall myself). Otherwise check out a dark charcoal like Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray which will neutralize/tap into the mortar. And yes, with the other walls a lighter colour you’ll be good to go!

      ~Kylie

  7. Hi Kylie,

    Thank you for this awesome article. I need some help with my living room!

    I have a red brick fire place and white chair rail and crown molding. I would like some orange in the room but I’m not sure where to pain it. I tried an accent wall on the same wall as the fire place and didn’t like it. Should it be on the opposing wall to the fire place? Also what are your thoughts on two-tone above and below the chair rail? Is that too much? It feels like this room has too many things going on.

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Laura! Yes, orange on the fireplace wall would likely be overwhelming. Try to balance things out by choosing a wall that is opposite your brick. And definitely don’t do a 2 tone. It can work in some homes, but the popular thing to do is ‘simplify’ with 1 colour above and below the chair rail. Have you thought about keeping the walls simple and just adding orange via accents (toss cushions, artwork,etc…)?
      ~Kylie

  8. This is so great! I have an old brick fireplace and tried whitewashing and grey paint on a section that will be removed soon, and I did not like it, but now I feel I can find a paint color that will actually look good with my existing brick! One question, I think mine falls more in the pink/salmon category, but I love that Sienna color for the wall opposite the fireplace wall (accent wall). Sienna was listed in the red/orange fireplace section, but do you think that would work for a more pinkish fireplace as well, or would it be too much? Thanks again for all this great information on paint colors!
    -Jen

    1. Hi Jen! You caught me during my ‘reply to comments’ time – so good timing! Yes, I think Sienna could work! Fresh Clay is also a similar look, just slightly lighter and a tiny bit more pinkish (without being pink)…
      Now I’m not totally sure just what your brick looks like, but if you’re in the States you can also check out BM Beaujolais which has a bit more of a brown base while still being warm and rich looking (a bit more dense feeling and less ‘colourful’.) If all else fails, check out my Online Consulting as I have some really affordable Paint Packages where you can send me photos and we can have some fun~! https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
      ~Kylie

  9. Not only are you extremely talented with a ridiculously keen eye, you have such a knack for explaining things! You really allow your readers to understand the entire concept.
    Ive been having the hardest time picking a paint colore for our house. I’ve always gone to blue greys, like SW Cloud grey, Silver point and because of your revue Repose grey. I have white shaker cabinets and for some reason I just can’t get the look I want. This is so not like me. After reading (pretty much your whole web page) I think my problem might be my floor. Our house came with brick tile floors. Our entire first floor. I really do love them but I can’t get that neutral look like I had in my last house. It just seems very busy and sometimes kind of country.
    After reading this blog I’m going back to the store to try some other greys or whites that don’t have a blue under tone. Wish me luck! Haha.
    So happy I’ve found this site! Your great!

  10. Oh, I need to figure out how to send you a picture of my floor-to-ceiling red brick fireplace with its surrounding sage green walls. (I think the color is Scotland Road, actually.) It looks fabulous – honestly!

    Now if I can possibly get the hubby to replace the too-small shiny oak mantel with something more….hefty and rustic…I will be thrilled! 🙂 (It’s always something, right?)

    Thanks for some great ideas for next time.

  11. Hi Kylie,
    I am getting ready to paint my family room which has a large bick fireplace that covers one end of the room with a large barn beam mantle and barn wood beams that run across the room. The brick is mostly red but also has some white, black gold colors with dark gray grout. Which color scheme do you think I should use?

  12. Kylie- This is such a helpful post and I see it referenced in many places. Could you possibly recommend a lighter gray (than Chelsea Gray) or a greige that would neutralize the orangey tones?
    I have a large stone fireplace with gray and brown rock and my current green paint is really bringing out the browns and oranges in the stone. I’d prefer to bring out the grays of the stone.
    Thank you so much…just subscribed on youtube.

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      Hi Jenn, thank you for the note! Unfortunately, due to the amount of emails/questions I get in a day, I do need to refer most personal ones to my e-design, particularly when I need to see what colours are in the stones. It’s affordable and fun and this way I can spend some quality time with your home (via photos) and you (via the questionnaire) and give you the best solutions possible! If that interests you at all, the link is here 🙂 https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
      Thank you!

      ~Kylie

  13. Hi Kylie! I see your color combos all over Pinterest and I just came across this post and you cover salmon bricks! Now your my hero! I will be painting our living room with a full wall red-pink-salmon bricks soon. Originally I was planning on grey washing it. But upon closer inspection I realized it looks pretty good with our chocolate brown couch and dark red accents. So we’re keeping it! I was thinking dark brown walls and probably light brown walls too. It’s a big room. But I’m so glad to see the brown you suggested because that’s what I pictured. And I will have to send you before and after pictures for your pink brick collection. Right now the walls are peach!! Can’t wait to fix it!

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  14. Great info! Just stripped “yellowed” shellac off my white brick fireplace and love the improvement. Painted my antique bronze screen to a flat black and it’s such and improvement. Now, if I could just figure out the mantle situation that will work with my oak picture frame paneling I’d be able to wrap this project up! I’d love something more rustic, but not sure how it would look.
    ????

  15. Wow Kylie, you are a wealth of information! So happy to come across your blog ???? Out of curiosity, how do you feel about a fireplace painted the same color as the walls (sw Collingwood)? I have a small living room and would like to open up the space …. and cover that yellow brick ????. Do you think it would be tacky of me to paint the same color as my kitchen two tone cabinets instead (SW peppercorn /BMsilver satin). I want to limit the variety of colors in this small space!!

    Best,
    Laurie

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      Hi Laurie! I don’t know that I’d do the Collingwood on both, although you can shift the look slightly just via the change in sheens from the paints, I like the idea of the Silver Satin better 🙂

  16. So, when I come across this post on pinterest there is a cover photo not embedded in the most, of a red-pink fireplace with a wood mantel and a star on the top. There’s white bead board to each side and a lovely neutral tan on top. Any idea what the tan color might be?

  17. Hello,
    It would be so helpful if you put some small text on your example pictures of the paint colour name. Sometimes it is difficult to understand which example is what. Great site!
    Thanks!

  18. Kylie, would you share a blog on best paint colors for the brick to properly tone down the various colors in the brick? Thank you, Susie

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  19. From your post (Thanks!!), it looks like we’ll be trying Benjamin Moore Kingsport Gray HC-86, BM Pashmina, or Stone Hearth for an accent wall around the brick fireplace. Would Ben Moore Windswept work on the walls or should we try something else?

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