Help! Should I Paint this Ugly, Faux Stone Mantle?

Help! Should I Paint this Ugly, Faux Stone Mantle?

Janel Laban
Jan 25, 2010

Q: We just bought this house and new furniture to go in it. The sofa is a sage color, and the throws have a deep, rusty orange in them. So we've decided to use the orange color on the wall behind the sofa (not pictured). Now I'm wondering what to do with this fireplace.

I would love to just paint this wall that the fireplace is on, since it stands out, but I can't imagine pairing this ugly white faux stone with a rusty orange.

So my question is, can I paint this faux stone? SHOULD I paint the faux stone? If so, what color? The wood in the room, such as the coffee table, is a super deep, dark espresso. Can I paint it to match the wood?
We are on a tight budget, having just relocated to another state and purchasing a home. So we aren't planning on doing away with the faux stone just yet. Any suggestions? ps: the blue is from the previous owner. :)

Sent by Marci

Editor: To paint or not to paint? Please share your suggestions and ideas for the fireplace with Marci in the comments below - thanks!

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