What to do with our chimney breast?

Emily Airey
16 December 2016
senast redigerad:16 December 2016

We've almost finished decorating our dining room. The walls are Stone Blue and the ceiling Dimpse - both Farrow & Ball. We're leaving the coving white as a contrast between the two.
But we've so far left the chinmey breast as we're not sure what to do with it. We can't decide whether to paint it all blue, all grey, or blue on the main but with grey inside the fireplace. We're anti the all-blue idea as we think the fire will be lost against a blue background.
Any opinions?

Kommentarer (9)

  • PRO

    ...we agree, all blue could be too much. If you go for painting the whole breast, say a light grey, what could look really edgy is a small, log mural behind the fire.

    You can find the log mural here

    Do let us know if we can help anyway :)

    Nicole @ Wallsauce.com

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  • Carolina
    Beautiful colour!
    I'd paint the fireplace Stone Blue too, but the inside Dimpse.
    Emily Airey thanked Carolina
  • Carole Wood

    or maybe the reverse - Dimpse with blue inside. Maybe a clever person could mock up both versions for you to decide.

  • Daisy England
    I'd leave it in the colour you currently have to make it stand out and offer a lighter shade within the room so the blue doesn't close in on you and become too overpowering.
  • PRO
    Cotterell & Co


    You room looks great, you can add some candles to the side of the wood burner, lots of different sizes. Add an unusual focal point with pictures or a large mirror. At the side of the fire place use some small tables with a lamp or floor lights at add light back to the dark corner. I think the colour of the fire place is lovely and really sets it apart.


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    Cotterell & Co

  • k11agl
    I would paint the outside worsted or down pipe depending on how grey you want it, then see what you feel the side colour would be. Blue and grey do work very well together and they balance the temperature and ambience of the room. Lovely room there! :)
  • Carolina


    I painted the fireplace grey and the same colour as your walls, to show you...

    My reasoning for painting it the same as your walls is that you will probably have the door in white or possibly another colour, which makes it quite a stand out feature. That's one. And then you will add furniture to the room too, maybe a rug, curtains... so you'll be adding a lot of different colours anyway. So I'd keep the rest fairly calm. And I really don't think that the blue fireplace makes it less of a feature. But there we are. It's up to you :-)

  • PRO
    David Aldrich Designs Ltd
    Have you considered doing the chimney breast in white to match the coving and skirting? It could be quite unifying, and leaves it open to link in to all the different items you will be bringing into the space once the decorating has been finished.
  • PRO
    Man About The House - The DIY & Odd Job Handyman

    I personally love this Pindora wallpaper for dramatic effect

    I has a similar blue in it to that on the wall!

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