Our living room paint is called "hot chocolate" and all the furniture, minus the piano is black! I knew almost from the second we saw the house that I wanted to paint the firepleace black! Of course now my hands are covered with little black spots that refuse to budge!! But it was worth it! I think it looks great! Although I notice in the pictures that you can't even see the opening now that it's black. The candles seem to help that though!