Sherry Petersik of Young House Love gives a great tutorial on a perfectly painted fireplace. I love how the white and neutral tones open and brighten up the room. While they've got (two!) white brick fireplaces in their home, this can be done with any color, if you're willing to walk on the wild side.
Check out all of Sherry's steps to painting a brick fireplace over at Young House Love. Images: Sherry Petersik