Whitewash. If you have a truly massive brick fireplace and you are not fond of the color, consider giving it a gentle whitewash to lighten the hue. This can be a good compromise for those who do not want to paint their brick, as it allows some of the texture and color to show through. You can water down the whitewash even more than was done here to very subtly tone down the color of your brick fireplace.
Warm gray. For a contemporary twist, paint the walls around your redbrick fireplace warm gray. A gray that is too cool or flat would not work as well, but with a bit of warmth, gray complements rather than competes with brick.
Natural fibers. Jute, coir, sisal and sea grass are casual and beachy, and go with anything – especially stripes. Try partnering your striped sofa with a jute or sisal rug, water hyacinth armchairs and a rope‐framed mirror for a fresh, nautical look.