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10 Exterior Paint Colors for Brick Homes

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Brick homes have a ton of character and charm to them but sometimes pairing brick with the right paint color can be a difficult task. You want to find a paint color to complement the red brick without taking away from the charm of the home. Follow along as I share the 10 best exterior paint colors that go with brick homes. 

I take my dogs on daily walks all around my neighborhood. I’m constantly looking around at all the homes I pass. I love to see what people choose as their exterior paint colors and how the color works with the characteristics of the home.

Lately, I have been particularly interested in red brick homes. Mainly because they can be difficult to pair paint colors with. Whether it’s a home with brick as an accent or a home with brick on the full-body, you want to make sure all the colors you chose play well together.

Today I want to talk about a few paint color ideas that go with brick. 

Exterior Paint Colors that complement brick homes (1)

How to choose a paint color for a brick home.

What exterior paint color goes with red brick? Do I need to choose a neutral paint color?

This is a question that is asked often and when it comes to brick exteriors there are a few ways to go about choosing a paint color to work with it. 

First, we know red brick more muted and toned down. So we want to keep that in mind when it comes to finding paint colors to work with it.  For example, if you were thinking of using white, choose a creamy white as opposed to a bright white. The bright white can sometimes appear a little too harsh against red brick. An off-white will give the appearance of white against the brick, but a little softer. 

Second, we want the paint colors to complement red brick, not work against it. One way to do this is by pulling colors from the actual brick itself. Generally speaking, red brick has a variation of colors in it. Choosing one of those color variations will keep the home looking cohesive.

10 Exterior Paint Colors that go with Brick Homes

Below are 10 exterior paint colors for brick homes. Whether these colors are used on the trim, front doors, shutters, or siding, they all compliment the colors and tones of red brick. 

Brick and paint color combinations

Sherwin Williams Creamy SW 7012

Brick and Creamy

LRV 81

SW Creamy is a fantastic match for red brick.  It’s a warm off-white that doesn’t get too yellow. It stays pretty neutral which makes it an amazing alternative to a bright white. 

Benjamin Moore Black HC-190

Brick and Black

LRV 2.48

Formerly known as Black PM-9

Part of the Historical Collection

BM Black is well black. I absolutely love the pairing of black and red brick together. It has such a classic timeless look to it while feeling modern and updated. Black is a great contrasting color for brick homes. 

Sherwin Williams Keystone Gray SW 7504

Brick and keystone gray

LRV 29

SW Keystone Gray is another amazing paint color that complements red brick. This mid-toned neutral works wonders when paired with brick. Keystone Gray is not really a gray, I’d consider it to be more of a warm greige. It’s also in the same color family as the ever so popular Agreeable Gray.

Keystone’s warm tones match the red brick perfectly. 

Benjamin Moore Gray Mist OC-30

Brick and Gray Mist

LRV 73.96

BM Gray Mist is a stellar lighter paint color that complements red brick. I like Gray Mist because it leans more towards beige, with a splash or mist or gray in it. It stays fairly neutral and doesn’t pull yellow.  Gray Mist is a great option is you are looking for a lighter paint color to complement your red brick home.

Sherwin Williams Gateway Gray

Brick and Gateway Gray

LRV 41

SW Gateway Gray is considered a greige but it leans a tad more on the gray side. Gateway has some slight green undertones to it which is why I love it next to brick. It’s a greige that has a little something extra in it.  It’s also very muted, again another reason it pairs so nicely with red brick.

Benjamin Moore Stone Hearth CC-490

Brick and Stone Hearth

LRV 48.85

BM Stone Hearth is another incredible taupe / greige exterior paint color that will go with brick. This guy is more beige than gray and is considered more of a muted mid-toned paint color. However, when it’s used on the exterior of the home it will appear to look lighter. 

Sherwin Williams Dark Night SW 6237

Brick and Dark Night

LRV 4

Sherwin Williams Dark Night is probably my favorite paint color of this list. When combined with muted red brick this paint color is the start.

Dark Night is a dark blue. It’s not quite navy but it’s pretty darn close. It is the perfect exterior color to pair with brick if you are looking for a darker color other than black.

Benjamin Moore Himalayan Trek AC-34

Also known as Cape Hatteras Sand AC-34

LRV 47.22

Himalayan Trek is yet another greige paint color that would look great with brick. The thing that makes  Himalayan Trek different from some of the other paint colors I have mentioned is that it has taupe undertones. 

Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage SW 6164

LRV 41

SW Svelte Sage is exactly as its name implies, sage. Not as green as some sage paint colors can be, Svelte Sage is more muted and toned down.

You have to be careful when choosing and green paint color to complement red brick. Why? For the simple fact that you don’t want your home to look like a red and green Christmas decoration. That’s why Svelte Sage is a great muted green exterior paint color option to pair with brick.

Benjamin Moore Salamander 2050-10

Brick and Salamander

LRV 3.66

BM Salamander is another favorite paint color of mine. (can you tell I have a thing for dark colors?)  This dark bold paint color is the perfect accessory for red brick. Yes, I know it’s green but it’s not Christmas green so it works. Salamander is also more vibrant than some of the more muted exterior paint color options I spoke about. 

Ben Moore Salamander is one of my favorite paint colors that go with brick homes. I’m fairly certain I said that about all of the paint colors. I can’t help it, I have a lot of favorites.


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Recap: Colors that go with red brick

Just to recap, these are 10 exterior house color ideas for brick. I choose 5 Benjamin Moore and  5 Sherwin Williams paint colors. All absolutely amazing choices if I do say so myself.

Paint Colors that Complement Red Brick (1)
  • Sherwin Williams Creamy SW 7012
  • Benjamin Moore Black HC-190
  • Sherwin Williams Keystone Gray SW 7504
  • Benjamin Moore Gray Mist OC-30
  • Sherwin Williams Gateway Gray 7644
  • Benjamin Moore Stone Hearth CC-490
  • Sherwin Williams Dark Night SW 6237
  • Benjamin Moore Himalayan Trek AC-34
  • Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage SW6164
  • Benjamin Moore Salamander 2050-10

Let’s talk about exterior trim colors for brick homes.

So we have our colors ideas for the brick now let’s talk about actually using them on different areas the home. 

The trim of a brick home is a big place to use one of these paint colors. If your home is full brick you can go as bold as you want. Trim doesn’t always have to be white or off-white. Consider using Black as you trim color. As we already know black looks great with red brick so using it on the trim will make a bold statement.

Black trim and windows are becoming increasingly popular as well.  You don’t have to worry about this trend going out of style because black is such a timeless color. I am personally feeling this trend right now. 

I think any one of these 10 paint colors are a great idea for the exterior trim of your brick home but, if you are looking for something more in the neutral off-white family, SW Creamy is a fantastic option.

Red brick and siding color combinations.

brick home color combinations

If you have brick and siding on your home, the siding is another opportunity to use one of the colors I have mentioned. The colors I feel would work best as siding options in combination with red brick are:

  • SW Keystone Gray
  • SW Gateway Gray
  • BM Stone Hearth
  • BM Himalayan Trek

They are all mid-tone neutrals that won’t compete with the brick. We are all friends here.

To add a pop of color if your heart so desires, think about going with a bold front door paint color. It will add just the right amount of color to your brick home without being too flashy. 

Brick homes with shutters

Photo by Discover exterior home design ideas

Not all homes have shutters, but I wanted to touch on this because some homes do have them.  You can really make your brick home look amazing by choosing a stand out shutter color

My top shutter paint color choices to match brick are:

  • SW Dark Night
  • BM Salamander 
  • SW Svelte Sage
  • BM Black

I like the thought of going bolder and darker on shutters. It adds something a bit unexpected but once again not over the top. Blue gray paint colors work really well with brick too.

Final Thoughts

I know finding a paint color to match red brick can be tricky. Keep in mind the overall exterior of your home, for example, roof color and landscaping.  Doing this will keep your brick home cohesive. And use the color options I listed as a starting point. In no time you’ll have the brick home of your dreams.

Finally, as I say in all my paint color posts, make sure you swatch the paint colors you are thinking about using. The colors you see on the computer look differently than a swatch on your home.  So choose a few colors you want to try and swatch those babies. Trust me choosing the wrong paint color is an expensive mistake, especially when you are dealing with the exterior of your home. 

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Shari

Monday 22nd of March 2021

Great Article - appreciate the insight. We have a red brick 1999 Dallas style house. We just replaced the roof and put on a black roof which I love. Really the only thing left to paint is the trim, garage doors and front door. What colors do you recommend for a red brick house with black roof?

April

Saturday 14th of November 2020

We have a red brick rancher with a green metal roof and matching green gutters. Soffits and trim are a light tan, no shutters. The windows are white and with white panels inside them. To me, the light beige trim looks dingy next to the white windows. The white windows and green roof are new and we can't do anything about that (the prior owner made those color decisions). What color would you paint all the trim and the front door, and other doors?

Tracy Moser

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

Hello...We have a brick /cedar shake home Cape Cod style home. Our brick is Mt Rushmore (taupe/brownish tone). I am looking for a good neutral for the shakes. I'm leaning towards 2 SW colors (Dove tail) and (Gauntlet Grey). Can I go with a grey with my bricks? Do you have a good color suggestion for our brick? I am having a hard time with decision!! Any help/feedback is SO appreciated.

Colette

Wednesday 28th of October 2020

Hi Cate! I am a bit late to the party but have to tell you I absolutely loved reading your article. I have been stressing, googling and staring at paint chips (also painting swatches on house) for my 50’s Red brick cape cod With yellowish/tan brick trim over windows and around front porch for about a year. Your article is the best info out there hands down.very well explained. my problem is I have a 4 foot Cement( painted white by previous owner) foundation that I want to paint. Your article explains about white being too stark for brick. I am leaning towards keystone gray or something similar. But then I think I may want to use a color to tie in the tannish brick. Any suggestions on this dilemma of mine would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

John Mertz

Tuesday 29th of September 2020

Hi Cate. I love your suggestions on paint colors! My house is stucco and brick, built in 1925, and is currently an off white with a yellowish tint with terra cotta trim, kind of southwesterny colors. I have a big fireplace with lots of orange in it and the same color brick in the foundation and a medium/dark brown roof with a lil orange and earth tones in it. I'm thinking SW gossamer veil or creamy or keystone gray for the house and charcoal blue (I didn't particularly like the dark night with the roof or brick) for the trim. I wish I could post a picture of the house :-(

Thanks, John

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