Existing fireplace with new gas insert

When Intuition Speaks, Should You Listen?

My intuition kicked in on a recent project while meeting with the painter. We were reviewing the living room and as I turned to the fireplace, my intuition told me “You should paint the bricks black to complement the new surround.” I contacted the client and she is thinking about it. Perhaps the question should be, should you listen to your interior designer’s intuition?  I’ve had  bricks painted white in past projects, but this one is calling for black. Below is the fireplace as is, along with photos of painted black fireplaces that just say WOW!

Oh, by the way, the walls are being painted a new color too.

Existing fireplace with new gas insert
Here’s the existing fireplace with the new black surround.


Would you take the risk? Is a black painted fireplace in your future? Share in the comments section.