The thought of painting large areas black has a tendency to make even the most adventurous DIY decorators nervous. There's a sense of permanence and finality that comes with opting for noir surfaces. But a black-painted fireplace can add a sense of classicism and history and simultaneously feel modern and fresh. If your space lacks architectural detail, highlighting the mantle and surround with dark paint will help add another layer of visual interest. We suggest keeping the other elements in the room fresh and diverse so as too avoid too heavy a look. Click through our slideshow for some inspiring spaces and check out our recommendations below for products to pair with your newly chic hearth.
Photographs: 1. Ashley Putman in Lonny, 2. Courtesy of Desire to Inspire, 3. Gaelle Le Boulicaut in Lonny, 4. Courtesy of Lonny, 5. Fisher Hart, 6. Steven Gambrel, 7. Anni Skilton in Design Sponge, 8. Ball and Albanese in Lonny, 9. Courtesy of Femina, 10. Roman and Williams, 11. Julian Schnabel, 12. Michael Grimm, 13. The Brick House, 14. Jessica Comingore for Remodelista