I got my 24 yards of lilac fabric cut into panels yesterday so that I’d be ready to start on them as soon as I have everything else I need, so I decided to just drape two of the fabric lengths over the curtain rod to the left of the fireplace to see what they’ll look like.
The color is perfect. It looks so beautiful with the rug, and I’m very excited about getting them done and installed. But now I’m really wondering about the fireplace color. Sometimes I look at that gray next to the purple and love it. Other times I think it might be too dark. And still other times I see just a tinge of green undertone in that gray that I don’t really like.
(Never mind that dark teal square. That was a test from a couple of weeks ago. And I still don’t have a pillow insert for that pillow on the chair, so it’s draped over a too-large pillow insert.)
I painted the fireplace gray back in December 2016, when I had a much different vision for this room. So I’m okay repainting it to go with my new plan for the room if need be. Here’s a closeup of the fabric next to the fireplace. Do you see that green undertone, or is it my imagination? And it’s not a pretty green, either. It’s like an army green undertone.
The only other color possibility that I can think of is white — the same Behr Polar Bear as the trim in the room. The fireplace used to be white, so I tried to do a cut-and-paste to see what that would look like.
It’s not perfect…obviously. It was a much brighter day when I took the picture of the white fireplace, because it looks very bright white compared to the trim in the room I took this morning. But rest assured that I’d paint it to match the trim. And the perspective isn’t quite right, but you’ll get the idea.
I do like that it would brighten the room. I used to love dark, moody colors in rooms (and dark, moody rooms in general), but I seem to be drawn more and more to light and bright rooms.
But there’s something about the white fireplace that just seems a bit blah to me. Here’s a picture of it in white from March 2016 when I was still planning on this room being a dining room.
Granted, several things have changed now. My floors are darker, the walls are a light warm gray, and all of that trim is gone from the walls. The room looks warmer and feels more inviting now. But I’m still not quite sold on having a big white fireplace front-and-center in the living room.
Opinions? Should I keep it the current color (Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal without the white)? Paint it the actual Kendall Charcoal, which is just a touch lighter than the current color? Paint it white? Something else altogether? I’ve tried for two weeks to think of what that “something else” could possibly be, but I come up empty every time.