Paint Color Picks for Magnificent Mantels

A beautiful mantel and fireplace can add endless character to any room. One of the best ways to accentuate their appeal is with paint. Whether you create contrast with complementary colors or keep things simple and monochromatic, the possibilities are endless. Read on to find tips and inspiration for choosing hues that not only capture your unique personality but complement your decorating style, year-round.

Masterfully Monochromatic

Want your decor to be the star of the room? Paint your mantel and walls in a matching hue. A soft white paint color like Alabaster creates a seamless backdrop for showcasing everything from rustic artwork to festive holiday garland.

Monochromatic mantel painted in Alabaster from Sherwin-Williams.
Photo Courtesy of: @harknesshomestylist

Terrifically Two-Toned

For rooms with light-colored walls, painting the mantel in a single accent color makes it a showstopping focal point. Choose a paint color to match your decor, or pick a hue based on the vibe you want to create. A rich charcoal blue like Cyberspace adds elegant, timeless charm.

Blue mantel painted in Cyberspace from Sherwin-Williams.
Photo Courtesy of: @darienleigh

Dark & Dramatic

To bring out the natural beauty of wood mantels and shelving, choose a paint color for the fireplace and surrounding wall that’s rooted in nature. Try a hue like Naval on paneling or shiplap to mimic the boundless blue of the nighttime sky.

Wood mantel with shiplap wall painted in Naval from Sherwin-Williams.
Photo Courtesy of: @idreamofhomemaking

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  1. Enjoyed reading this. I’d like to repaint our black mantel in our den which has “whole wheat” walls and “dover white” trim (LOVE those colors!). My husband thinks the black mantel looks great, but to me it sticks out, and not in a good way. The painting over the mantel has a lot of teal/blue-greens, and I’ve considered pulling out one of those colors to paint the mantel, but I think it would be too bold. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • Hello Martie, technically your mantel is part of your trim. We would suggest you paint the mantel Dover White SW 6385 like the rest of the trim in that room. Then, we would paint one of the teals you like on the fireplace wall. An accent color behind your focus allows you to put some strong color in there without overwhelming the space. Let us know what you think. Thank you!

  2. I have taupe grey walls in my family room and a brick fireplace with wood mantle
    What colors would you suggest that I use
    to paint my mantle and brick fireplace ?

  3. I would love to paint our mantel Cyberspace as shown in the picture above. However, I do not know what to do with the adjacent walls and space surrounding the mantel. Should I go with white (Alabaster) or paint the remainder walls and spaces beige (Agreeable Beige)? Additionally, we have tons of natural light in our family room. The Cyberspace mantel would be perfect.

    • Hello Jen, are you referring to Accessible Beige SW 7036 or Agreeable Gray SW 7029? Let us know when you get moment. Thank you!


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