1950's ranch with 12 x 18 ft livingroom, red brick fireplace on narrow wall opposite door entry area, two windows on a long wall, low light because of tree outside. Need to choose a paint color for livingroom that will "go" with RED brick, isn't painted brick but not the dusty pink colored brick you usually see; has cream grout. No intention of changing/demoing fireplace; house will be rental so want it attractive and inviting, not an eyesore as it is now. Was thinking of a darker color on the fireplace wall to complement/blend in and then lighter shade in rest of room, maybe entry door same dark color paint as fireplace wall to match and carry theme... Ideas anyone?
Usually safe with going with a color close to the grout color between the bricks. This should blend into the room fairly well. I would not do a darker color for an accent wall, but that is just me. (My feeling accent walls are getting to be rather "old school" at this point)
Since you wrote that the grout was a creamy color, I'd use something in that color range as well. It will blend the walls with the tiny grout lines if possible and pull the room together.
If you use a darker color, I would assume that you have enough light to balance out the room so it doesn't appear too dark.
I'm not particularly partial to dark walls, but I also have small rooms in my house and they would make the house feel like a dungeon. So I like things light and airy.
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