Red brick is far from one note — it has variations in shades, undertones, and busyness. Paint colors that complement red brick also encompass a broad spectrum. Opting for off-whites and neutrals as a companion for red brick can add to the exterior’s warmth. On the other hand, darker shades create a bolder look.
“[I] often look for grays in the brick and will use a paint color that will bring that out. For example, Sherwin-Williams’ Iron Ore can look amazing with red brick that has some subtle dark grays in it. [It] also has enough warmth to pair well with most bricks,” brick&batten cofounder Allison Vaccaro explained in an interview with Hunker. From soft and welcoming to saturated and striking, here are some of our favorite paint colors to pair with red brick.
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#1 // Benjamin Moore’s Westcott Navy
The red brick, white trim, and white porch columns on this traditional home make for a classy aesthetic. Our designers used Benjamin Moore’s Westcott Navy to paint the siding and further elevate the curb appeal. The deep grayish navy — which happens to be one of our favorite blue exterior paint colors — is a lovely, saturated hue that contrasts beautifully with the brick.
#2 // Sherwin Williams’ Iron Ore
When it comes to colors that complement red brick, black and near-black hues are some of our favorites, especially if bold contrast is the goal. On this home, our designers painted the siding with Sherwin Williams’ Iron Ore, a charcoal with slight brown undertones. The saturated color pulls from the gray and black tones in the brick, creating a dynamic façade.
#3 // Benjamin Moore’s Silver Satin
While the other homes on this round up feature siding as a companion for red brick, this rendering brings stucco into the mix. This exterior is primarily blanketed in brick, with black and iron accents. To brighten things up, our designers opted for Benjamin Moore’s Silver Satin on the stucco, resulting in a concrete-like appearance that accentuates the home’s industrial vibe.
#4 // Benjamin Moore’s Raccoon Fur
There’s no arguing that the combination of red brick with white porch columns and trim makes for a classic, timeless aesthetic. But red brick can be part of a more daring look, too. For this rendering, our designers painted the siding with Benjamin Moore’s Raccoon Fur, an inky black hue. Joined by subtle wood elements, this exterior of red brick with black siding and accents is simple yet striking.
#5 // Benjamin Moore’s Sage Mountain
There are a slew of warmer paint colors that complement red brick, and Benjamin Moore’s Sage Mountain is an ideal neutral shade to pair with this tricky building material. Above, our designers suggested Benjamin Moore’s Aegean Olive on the shutters to pull out the green in Sage Mountain and Sherwin Williams’ City Loft on the fascia, soffits, porch ceiling, and columns as a warm accent. The light, bright brick on this home combined with the greenish-taupe siding and off-white porch columns makes for a warm and inviting aesthetic.
We always recommend sampling and testing paint colors before committing. Factors such as natural lighting, undertones, and your property’s fixed elements will have a significant impact on how a color will appear on your exterior. Our friends at Samplize offer extra-large 9 x 14.75 inch peel-and-stick paint samples of the colors we love for exteriors. Order your ‘Real Paint, No Mess’ samples from Samplize here.
#6 // Sherwin Williams’ Mountain Road
Earth tones are a reliable go-to when searching for paint colors that complement red brick. The intricate white trim punctuates this historic home’s unique architecture and stunning natural red brick. Our designers kept the palette warm with a gray-green paint color that is so gorgeous, we chose it as our color of the year for 2023: Sherwin Williams’ Mountain Road.
#7 // Benjamin Moore’s Bear Creek
Benjamin Moore’s Bear Creek is a deep neutral with strong brown undertones that make it a great companion for red brick. Above, our designers brought out the brown tones in the Bear Creek siding with wood shutters and other subtle wood accents.
#8 // Sherwin Williams’ Urbane Bronze
Sherwin Williams’ Urbane Bronze is the perfect brownish gray to pair with red brick. Dark, yet still warm, Urbane Bronze is a saturated earth tone with subtle green undertones. On this predominantly brick exterior, the Urbane Bronze siding and trim brings in a subtle contrast that modernizes the entire curb appeal.
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