Painted Fireplace Mantels Add Pizzazz
These 10 fireplace mantels show how a new coat of paint can create focal-point flair in your interior design
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Turn your fireplace mantel into the showstopper it was meant to be through paint. And think about colors other than typical white. A new paint color can dramatize your mantel, turn up the heat on the surround or take the attention off worn brick, stone or tile. The best way to paint your mantel depends on what it is made of and the current finish on it (and how many layers of paint it has). Ask your local paint store for tips and what materials to use. Here are 10 beautiful, colorful mantels to inspire your own projects.
A red mantel looks striking surrounded by warm woods. Black iron and oil-rubbed bronze finishes are great-looking accents for it.
Create a relaxing and serene contrast with a deep blue-gray fireplace mantel that has a touch of green. Try Benjamin Moore's Templeton Gray for a coastal, transitional or traditional look.
A color like Sherwin-Williams' Otter adds warmth in a large room. Small tiles used in the fireplace make the surround pop, and rooms with vaulted ceilings feel cozier.
Add color and vibrancy to a fireplace by choosing a fresh earthy-green finish. Use on a chunky mantel and the eye will focus not on the surround but on the fun color around it.
Black is dramatic and dressy. It can turn a modern fireplace into ultramodern. And it can also look great when used with rustic elements like this ledge stone. It pulls out the deep undertones in the stones beautifully.
Use a good-quality high-gloss paint. Use various size paintbrushes to get into small, detailed areas as well as larger mantel areas. A narrow mantel in white may look skimpy, but you can pump up the volume by painting it the same color as your tiles.
Soften a crisp fireplace mantel in Benjamin Moore's Abingdon Putty. Here it gives nice added contrast to the rest of the molding in the room.
If you have a modern mantel, try a gray or taupe color like Sherwin-Williams' Truly Taupe. This will keep the mantel area light and contemporary.
Create a large focal point. If your mantel takes up floor-to-ceiling space, it will look confident and robust painted a dark espresso like Benjamin Moore's Branchport Brown.
I love this idea. Paint the mantel the same color as the wall to create a very dramatic look.
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Ideabook published on Feb. 29, 2012.
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