What color paint looks good with brick and honey-pine paneling?

I just took the all the circa 1970's wallpaper of the basement walls and stairwell. I'm thinking of painting but I don't know which color will work best.

There's a lot of honey-pine paneling and a floor to ceiling brick fireplace. The bricks are multicolored. I'd say they have a dirty, used, rustic appearance. Some of the bricks have white on them, some are darker than others. There's no architectural interest in the design of the fireplace other than the look of the bricks and brass & glass fireplace doors. I'm not going to paint the bricks. The ceiling is texture-painted white and the exposed beams are dark oak. There's a white trim piece where the ceiling meets the walls and on one of the walls, which is paneled. It's nice wood paneling, and I don't plan to paint it, either. Carpet and furniture are neutral-tones.

The walls that I want to paint are on either side of the fireplace and one long wall on the other side of the basement, opposite the paneled wall.

Any suggestions?

5 Answers

  • yowza
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    play around with the Sherwin Williams color visualizer to find colors that you like. It is the best paint visualizer on the web, imho. I like how their color palette is laid out, I like that you can search by color family & color name, the "painted" rooms look the most realistic, and it suggests coordinating color schemes. You can literally spend hours:


    I think "turquish" (# 6939) might look terrific.

    You can also take a photo of your house & upload it to the makeover gallery on this website:


    You can get color suggestions & for $5 they'll photoshop them onto your room so that you can get an idea of what it will look like.

  • 1 decade ago

    Sounds like you already have a lot of color going on. You can acid clean your bricks and bring them back to their original

    color. You can find the product in your home improvement store such as Lowe's or Home Depot. If you have no plans to paint the brick or the paneling, I would stay with a neutral color like a nice taupe or a cream color to brighten up the walls. Try hanging some art with similar colors on either side of your brick fireplace that might add some interest. Your acces

  • 1 decade ago

    id say a colour like coffee and creme would go nice with your decor

  • 1 decade ago

    You might want to look at furniture company websites for inspiration. good luck with your project !



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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i would go with a beige try to stay neutral

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