there was a point to this story... oh yes the fireplace area in our house is really blah. i found a great mirror at homegoods for above the mantle but i feel like the yellow walls blend into the built-ins and nothing really stands out.
my plan is to add some color in the form of wide horizontal stripes in red and off white above the mantle that will wrap around the sides as well. red is such a hard color to choose - don't you think? i had about 15 swatches sitting on the mantle for a long time but have finally narrowed it down to one (the one on the left above): combustion from california paints. and for off-white i’m using the tried and true linen white from benjamin moore. something like this:
the little bit of wall below the mantle will be painted out the same off-white. i can’t wait to see how it looks!