As I shared last week, we recently painted our dining room navy. It was originally a light blue/violet color, so once the three main walls were painted with the rich, deep navy color the next step needed was to paint the ceiling and 4th wall (we planned on having it match the rest of the living room and hallways for flow) and to paint the fireplace surround/mantel. As you can see, the fireplace now looks out of place being light blue/violet with the bold navy walls. In person it stands out even more.
I really wanted a high contrast look, so we followed through with the plan of a bright white mantel. Long term I would love to figure out a way to re-surface the entire mantel and surround with wood like this, but with the windows so close it would be nearly impossible without demo-ing the current surround for space. And right now, that is not a priority for us. So in the meantime, the fast and dirty change was simply to pick a bright white and get painting.
Stay tuned tomorrow and I will share my holiday decorated mantel, now that the paint has dried