The love of red brick fireplaces

Redbrick Fireplace5I must be old fashioned because I love red brick and every time I see red brick I think of the old neighborhoods and nostalgic places I used to know as a kid.   If you are not interested in painting the brick, taking the natural hue of the masonry into account when planning your room is a must. Whether you are looking to downplay or showcase your redbrick fireplace, these ideas for what to pair it with can help.

Neutrals with texture, blue and red. Grass cloth wallpaper and burlap shades add texture and warmth, helping a redbrick fireplace settle into the space. Wood furniture close to the darkest tones in the brick also helps. Larger amounts of blue in a rug and pillows, and just a dash of red, make for a classic nautical look.Here there is no red but plenty of blue and white — the warmth and texture come from woven shades and hefty wood furniture.

In this space the texture comes from woven shades and a neutral sofa, while the red of the fireplace is repeated in a traditional blue and red Oriental rug.Redbrick Fireplace3 Again, darker wood furniture repeats the deepest tones in the brick.

Dusty blue.

Like warm gray, dusty shades of blue work well with most tones of red brick, complementing rather than competing with them. In this kitchen a brick oven is surrounded by dusty blue painted cabinets, a warm cherry island counter and chandeliers for a bit of sparkle.

To get a similar look in a living room, you could try dusty blue on the walls with antique white trim, a warm wood coffee table, a white sofa and a fun pendant light. Pale dusty-blue walls look stunning in this bedroom around a brick fireplace. Off-white trim and distressed white furniture looks richer than pure white.

Redbrick Fireplace4In this living room, the fireplace surround is painted a pale, dusty blue, and the surrounding walls are a rich buttercream with white trim. A natural-fiber rug and woven shades add a layer of texture.

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