Even the Big Bad Wolf would swoon over these red brick and paint color combos
You love your red brick house and its timeless look. But when it comes to your siding or trim color, you're ready for a change. Before you bring home an armful of paint swatches, there are some things to consider, like your roof, driveway, mailbox, and overall house style. Have no fear—we have some inspirational ideas and pro tips to help add the perfect splash of color to your brick home.
Gray With Blue Undertones
Gray is a nice, neutral color that can really make your red brick pop. Choose a grayish-blue as opposed to a gray that has tan undertones to complement the red.
One to try: Gray Screen by Sherwin-Williams
Blue can be a gorgeous choice to pair with your red brick. It’s not related to red on the traditional color wheel, but the two colors just work when put together. Try to stick to a darker blue instead of a royal or azure when choosing your paint color. White trim on a dark blue house with red brick is a beautiful combination.
One to try: Naval Blue by Sherwin-Williams
Green With Tones of Gray or Blue
Green and red go together like holly and berries. There are a few shades of green for your siding color that will complement your brick the best.
Sage is a gray-green that looks like, you guessed it, the color of dried sage leaves. Shades of light and dark sage go well with red brick, and again, a cream-colored trim can be a very pretty accent.
One to try: Sheraton Sage by Sherwin-Williams
A dark blue-green, not a bright teal, will help your brick stand out, as the warm hue of the brick contrasts with its cool color. Black shutters and white trim go well with this shade of blue-green, with gray roof shingles.
One to try: Maxi Teal by Sherwin-Williams
Many tones of beige, from darker taupes to lighter tans, compliment red brick, as they both contain warm color tones. Black shutters can sharpen the look and really make your windows pop.
One to try: Intricate Ivy by Sherwin-Williams
Basic Black and White
Black and white, while they can sometimes look intense against a red brick facade, can also give a dramatic look. Black siding can bring a very modern look to your home, while white siding with red brick is a timeless look that’s been around since the Colonial era of American history.
Other Things to Consider
When thinking about what color siding to pair with your red brick, there are some other design elements you should factor in before making your selection.
Style of Your Home
Your house style plays a huge part in what color siding will look best. Do you have a Colonial-style home? White siding is your best bet. Modern or Contemporary? Black will complement your design style nicely. Victorian? Muted colors are your friend. Make sure to research your home’s architectural style before falling in love with a paint color that might not match.
While it may not be top of mind, your roof type and color will play a large part in what color siding looks best on your home. If you’re going to be changing the color of your siding but not redoing your roof, you’ll need to pick a color that complements not only your brick, but also your roof.
Gutters come in all different types of materials and colors. Although many people opt for white, you can change the color of your gutters, depending on their material. If you’re not going to change the color, you’ll need to pick a siding color that goes well with your gutters.
Is your mailbox metal? Brick? Is it a mini replica of your home? Think about how you’ll go about matching your mailbox to your new siding color, if applicable.
While concrete or asphalt pretty much goes with any color, if you have a paver driveway, that’s a different story. You’ll need to consider that color when choosing your new paint.
If your railings are painted, then make sure to consider the color (or the change in color, if that applies) when checking out new paint colors for your home. Many homes have black metal or wood, but make sure not to overlook this detail.
Retaining walls, like driveways, need to be considered in your overall design scheme. This is one detail that’s easy to forget, but it impacts curb appeal. Consider what colors will go with your retaining wall as well as your brick when picking something new for your siding.
If you’re DIY-ing your paint job, there are some things to consider before you paint your siding.
Colors look about three shades lighter in outdoor lighting than they do indoors. Be sure to take your paint swatches outside and look at them in natural light before making your paint purchase.
Always use primer, otherwise the lovely paint job that you worked so hard on won’t last and you’ll be back where you started.
If you live in a hot climate, avoid dark paint colors like black and dark blue. The heat can cause the paint to bubble.
Remember, if you’re not in the mood for a DIY project, you can hire a professional exterior painter near you to make sure the job is done perfectly.