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Old 08-16-2011, 04:56 PM   #1
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Fireplace focal point

I moved into a 1960's bungalow recently and the entry leads into the living area. On the opposite wall is the fireplace and I want it to become a focal point of the room. The room is painted a light artic blue (white with a blue/green hue depending upon the lighting). I am going to paint the fireplace wall a color two tones darker, but I am wondering if I can introduce a even darker color to the mantle which is currently stark white like the trim. I have been cautioned not to introduce a "4th" color on the walls, but the mantle needs something.
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:52 PM   #2
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youd be surprised at what colors go together an what can be done. my suggestion to you would be go the paint store an get a hold of a color wheel and start looking at different color combinations . i was never a fan of 1 color a few shades darker then the other, thats so ''yesterday''


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You should explore use of color before making choices. I use tools anyone can buy like Color Impact from Tiger Color. It comes with a free trial. The online version of easyRGB is free and will translate colors and color schemes you come up with in something like Color Impact into nearest match paint color names and codes from the major paint manufacturers.

Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams have color simulating software you can tap online or download. If you take nice digital images of your space, and mask off different areas, you can try as many schemes and colors as you can imagine before even getting the real paint chips from the paint store---not a box store.

A color wheel and learning basic color relationships would be a great investment. You can build your own in Color Impact but the basic relationships between colors do not change.
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The color of the brick should be brought into condsideration. You might also think of doing the mantel in a color that is in your furnishings, i.e. sofa, curtains or other accessories that are in the room.
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