Painted Brick Fireplace Ideas

A painted brick fireplace may seem to be an unusual or desperate measure to alter the look of a fireplace, especially to people who believe that bricks cannot or should not be painted. However, painting a brick fireplace is in fact a very popular and well regarded interior design technique; giving your dull fireplace a hint of color may give it a more polished and updated look. If you’ve wanted to give your fireplace a new look and do it economically, painting it is a cost effective way to upgrade.

Solid Coat of Paint

The easiest and cheapest way to give your old fireplace a new feel is buy a few gallons of paint. Although the cost of such a project will depend upon the quality of paint purchased, one can generally expect to complete the project for under $75 worth of paint.

The project will typically take around 3 to 4 hours. Latex enamel paint is preferred because it provides a more polished look and lasts longer than oil-based paint. Do not use expensive brushes because the rough brick surface will only ruin the bristles. Go for cheap brushes instead.

You must remember that if you should later change your mind, paint can be very difficult to remove from bricks.

Fireplace Paint Kit

Purchasing an all-in-one fireplace paint kit is another option when you want to paint your brick fireplace. There a variety of colors to choose from and most kits come with a protective base coat or sealer. Using a base coat before applying the paint is important because it is specifically designed to adhere to bricks and withstand high temperatures.

For around $200, you can already buy your own kit and be assured of a professional-looking finish once you’re done.

Faux Finishing

The faux brick paint technique is a great way to hide your fireplace wall’s textured appearance and plaster flaws. It is important to apply a base coat shade that is similar to the color of your mortar lines. To make the finish look more real, you can use 2 different color glazes with similar hue. One good example is using terra-cotta and a hint of red glaze.

Choosing Paint Colors

It may seem overwhelming to choose from thousands of paint colors. However, if you apply design concepts, it is not as confusing as it initially seems. You will be able to narrow down your selection to 4 or 5 options.

There are several factors that you need to consider when choosing color. You can start with your mood. Colors can greatly affect your feelings. Your fireplace’s color should match the mood or atmosphere that you want to achieve in that particular location of your house. If you want tranquility, you can go for green or cool blue. If it’s a home office, vibrant yellow or a refreshing green will do.

Another factor to consider is your current décor and furnishings. Take a closer look on the color of your favorite piece of artwork, couch, linens and the curtains. The color you choose can either match a hue that is already present in your room, e.g. the threads of a pillow fabric, or be a contrasting but complementary to the existing colors.

You should take into consideration the size of the room. Reds, purples, blacks, grays and other darker colors tend to absorb space and make a room look smaller. However, if the room receives a good amount of natural light, using dark hues won’t be a problem.