Updating a Gas Fireplace Surround

We have a lovely gas fireplace in our dining room! That room was originally intended to be a family room, but with the furniture we already owned it felt like it would be better as the dining room. It's a lovely room, open to the kitchen and the fireplace (although not wood burning, which is sad) is a nice focal point.

I'd like to eventually replace the existing mantel with a completely different design. It's currently too big for the room and doesn't quite work. But until we get around to that I thought a few easy updates could make a big difference.

Here is how it looks now.

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I have a couple of options in mind and I need your help deciding which one to go with! You get to vote! Yay!  If you've participated in previous posts where I asked you to vote, then I"m happy to announce that I took your advice on each one of them! The results from those ballots will be revealed soon when I do a full reveal of the Office and Living Room this month.

But back to the fireplace. Here's the first option.

White on White

This option is all about bold contrasts but also about making the mantel feel less grand. The separation between the woodwork, tile and black insert contributes to the feeling of it being oversized. By making it all white it makes it disappear into the wall allowing the black of the fireplace to become a focal point.

-Paint the fireplace enclosure jet matte black including the brass accents

-Paint the large tile on the floor jet matte black

-Paint small wall and floor tile matte white

-Reupholster chairs in bright orange

Matte Blacks

This option is more dramatic than the first, but uses similar techniques. Here the black is still the focal point but in a way that feels more 3-dimensional. The two layers of black (dark on the metal insert and lighter on the tile) give the surround a lot of depth. The chairs get quieter with a neutral seat and the pop of color comes from throw pillows.

-Paint the fireplace enclosure jet matte black including the brass accents

-Paint the large tile on the floor jet matte black

-Paint small wall and floor tile matte black (it will feel slightly less saturated than the other black.

-Reupholster chairs in tan linen and add accent pillows with orange accents.

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Shades of Gray

This option is all about gray. It uses various shades of gray to contrast the very traditional mantel above it. I'm not sure this option makes the fireplace look less grand, but I love gray and how it instantly makes everything feel more sophisticated.

-Paint the fireplace enclosure jet matte black including the brass accents

-Paint the large tile on the floor light gray

-Paint small wall and floor tile medium gray

-Reupholster chairs in gray linen and add neutral accent pillows.

Ok, now it's your turn to vote! Which is your favorite?...and don't forget to let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!

Fireplace Surround