Bookcases and shelves flanking the fireplace help improve this natural focal point. The color you choose for a fireplace bookcase ultimately affects how much it stands out, either complements or blends with the fireplace.
Match the Surround and Trim
Create the look of a single constant architectural feature by painting bookcases next to the fireplace the exact same color as the fireplace surround. In case the bookcases are floor to ceiling, then consider continuing the surround all of the way into the ceiling too. Ensure a cohesive look by matching the finish on each of woodwork. With the addition of a variety of pieces of trim beneath, above and addressing gaps on DIY bookcases anchored into the wall, then you can attain the look of built-in bookcases. White is the go-to color on decorated woodwork surrounding the fireplace, commonly matching the color of wall trim. Complement warm, earthy or muted wall colours and rooms with small all-natural light with warm, creamy whites. Bright, pure white leaves entirely saturated wall color pop, while whites with cool undertones complement cool wall rooms and colors with bright all-natural light.
Match the Wall
Bookcases alongside a fireplace can be painted the exact same color as the wall, making a featured accent wall. This technique is particularly effective in emphasizing a built in look. Muted hues of green or blue preserve a toned down, neutral look, although you may choose the look of natural stained wood on paneled walls. When using a neutral backdrop of white or beige, emphasize thickness by painting the rear walls of the bookcase a darker shade than the encompassing wall, framing and shelves. Instead, paint the wall over the fireplace the same color as the rear walls of the bookcase for contrast against the white surround, shelves, framing and trim.
While hues of white and natural wood stains dominate the look of many fireplace bookshelves, choose something different, like picking up among those hues found in a natural stone fireplace surround. Highlight the delicate blue undertones of a slate gray fieldstone or the rusty tones in a ledgestone surround. Go dark and dramatic by painting the bookcases charcoal gray or try a subtle tone of light gray, brown or tan. A close inspection of your stone fireplace surround can inspire a plethora of natural accent colours for accompanying bookcases.
To emphasize fireplace bookcases as standout pieces of furniture or standout architectural features when built into the wall, then use color to attract the eye and also define their shape. Black makes a dramatic contrast against bold or highly saturated wall colours. Start looking for a dominant color in nearby framed artwork or a fabric pattern employed in the room. Repeat the color of the accent wall in an adjacent room or pick up among those hues in a large area rug. Add character with a distressed finish or stenciled designs. One of these methods can allow you to decide on a pleasing accent color for fireplace bookcases while keeping a feeling of unity.