This fireplace used to be bog standard white - this blue might look a bit bold but hold your fire (ironic word choice) - we have to take a breath and think about the bigger picture..
Dom kindly painted this while keeping one eye (just the one) on the rugby last weekend. This photo shows the fireplace after one coat - Dom insists on two or even THREE!
The fire surround is quite big so does not leave too much chimney breast exposed (pardon!) - there is also a picture rail and then the original Lincrusta from 1910 above that! That leaves a little bit of wallage for further decoration. I suggested that we might use
As so often is the case I then started scouring round the house finding old things that might go nicely with the fireplace. I bought these teeny tiny cups about 25 years ago...you just never know when things might come in handy (I have others with different coloured innards). Similarly the 'thing' on the right was bought many moons ago - I usually use it for salt!