Best exterior paint colors red brick homes

Today we give you the best exterior paint colors for red brick homes, and how to use them. Red brick is muted and earthy, so any color we pick should also be muted and not clean and fresh.  

There are many exterior paint colors that will go well with red brick, but we focus on the most no-fail versions.

For example, if you want the look of white trim, choose creamy colors instead of clean or cool whites, which look harsh with red brick.

Choose black shutters for red brick walls or light colored siding, and cream colored shutters for dark paint colors.

No matter what, always test your paint colors, and you can learn how here.

Update a red brick home with dark blue!

This updated home was built in 1968.  The Color Concierge chose dark blue for the siding and garage door exterior paint colors (Sherwin Williams Cyberspace) for a fresh new look.  Since colors appear three shades lighter outside, we picked cream instead of white (Sherwin Williams Westhighland White) for the trim.  Although it  reads white, the creamy color keeps it from looking harsh, like primer.  Shutters on the second floor were removed, and trim was added to the windows. The painters, New Morning, Inc. did an amazing job!

use a modern and crisp motif for exterior paint colors with red brick



Before photo of a red brick house with white paint

Photo by M. Camilli

The front door was painted SW Cyberspace to match the siding and family heirloom stained glass.  The shutters, porch roof and trim were painted cream SW Westhighland white to update and brighten the front porch.

Best exterior paint colors red brick homes, Front door and Siding SW Cyberspace, Trim SW Westhighland white

Photo by M. Camilli

Photo by Maddie Camilli for The Color Concierge

Creamy Beige & Black Look Timeless

A warm beige looks creamy and perfect in this timeless and harmonious palette.  Although mid-toned Wool Skein look dark on paper, when used outside it looks like cream and picks up the undertones of the brick grout.

Black shutters and a front door are a classic choice and look crisp with a brick or creamy exterior.

Best exterior paint colors red brick homes timeless paint colors, wool skein 6148, tricorn black 6258

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Cream vs. White for Classic Colonial

Pick cream trim, columns and garage instead of white to prevent it from looking like primer.  Cream paint colors look brighter outside, and coordinate better with earthy red brick.  Paint the door and shutters black.

Best exterior paint colors for red brick homes, sw westhighland white 7566, sw tricorn brick 6258

Best exterior paint colors for red brick homes, columns, colonial Source

Best exterior colors for a red brick house Source

DON’T use clean whites or fresh colors or reds

Clean whites look unnaturally bright with brick, which is a muted finish. Reds can look good, but most people don’t get it right.  just stay away from red doors, accents or trim.

brick building with clean white trim is too harsh a contrast.

Photo by M. Marceny

Fresh colors look wrong next to earthy red brick.  Use muted versions instead.

brick building with mint trim looks too fresh Source

So, there you have it! Our no-fail paint colors for red brick houses. Don’t forget to always test your paint colors; learn here. Which colors are your favorites with red brick?


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