If you checked in on our Sunset Bungalow update last week, you saw our first paint color dilemma in the bathroom. The overwhelming majority of you voiced your support for painting the back wall of Chloe’s bath with the color Positively Pink T18-01 from my partner Behr paint’s 2018 Color Trend palette. While we’re going to wait to reveal our final design decisions until the entire house is complete, the vote went so well we wanted to get your opinion yet again! Today we’re talking fireplaces.

Chloe is lucky enough to have a fireplace with a gorgeous deco-inspired mantel in her living room. I’m obsessed. But the fireplace is also a bit of a difficult design element. It sits on an odd angled wall tucked into the corner of the living room’s west side. You can’t center furniture around it. You wouldn’t put a TV over it. Instead, it has to be treated more like an art installation rather than a place to congregate. So we’re going to run with that.

As I worked on the living room design, I realized this was another great opportunity to insert innovative use of paint. When we fell in love with Behr’s 2018 Color Trend hue Equilibrium T18-20, we immediately wanted to add the deep, rich green to this spot. The image below is our current design inspiration.

Since Chloe’s fireplace isn’t functional, we decided it’s the perfect place to showcase her love of plants, as in the image above. Grounding the fireplace in Behr’s deep, sophisticated green will make a perfect backdrop for a mini urban jungle. But we would love your thoughts on one key choice.


Our first option is to simply highlight the chimney chase with Equilibrium T18-20. This options feels a bit more traditional and classic.


However, we’re seriously considering the idea of turning the corner with the paint color. By adding a second wall (per your questions in the comments, this wall is actually about 3 feet wide and abuts a doorframe), the effect is more graphic. It feels influenced by modern cubism. And like the inspiration image, it will create a little corner that can house both plants and possibly a little chair or stool.

So what say you? Are you feeling the bolder look of Option Two? Or are you more drawn to the traditional look option one. Please weigh in by commenting on this post as we would love to know!

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  1. It’s hard to comment without seeing that second wall and how large/small it is. Just generally I would stick with the fireplace wall, though. That’s alot of color.

  2. definitely option 2! it’s more interesting and a more updated way of using an accent color

  3. I love that color! I’d need to see how large that second wall is before deciding for sure whether to paint it so my vote is for just painting the fireplace wall. Plus it looks too off balance to my eye. Why not paint all 3 of those walls that gorgeous color???

    1. I love the look of option 2 as it leads you to the fireplace feature. My only hesitation would be if it makes the roof feel significantly smaller or darker with such large are of dark colour. Look forward to seeing the choice!

  4. I agree that painting the second wall could potentially make the room smaller, and it would be helpful to see the size/scale of the room. But my initial thoughts were, “that looks cool!”… why not try it out? it’s just paint and you can easily change it up later.

  5. Option two. But what I’d really suggest is using paint to highlight the deco aspec5 of the mantel. Maybe paint every other molding ridge. Che k out how they used to do that in the 30s – they used color to emphasize the design detail.