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6 More Palettes for Red Brick Houses

Paint colors for red brick houses

We specify exterior paint color palettes for red brick houses almost every day in our online and in-person color consulting practice.  One of our most popular blog posts is “The Best Exterior Paint Colors for Red Brick Homes (and what not to do)“.  We thought you might enjoy some of our favorite color palettes for red brick homes.

Tips for Paint Color Palettes with Red Brick

  1.  Keep your whites creamy with brick.  Consider a warm off-white such as SW Alabaster or a very light greige such as SW Shoji White.  It will look white outside.  A clean or crisp white will look harsh.
  2. Paint colors look 5-10 times lighter and more colorful outside than inside.  A gray color may look blue, green or violet depending on its undertones.  One of the most common mistakes homeowners make is to pick a paint color that is too light for exteriors.
  3. Consider painting siding the same color as the grout.  Most grout is a green-gray, but sometimes we see taupe grout too.
  4. Surfaces with rough textures such as stucco make surfaces look darker.  If you pick one paint color for siding and stucco on a house the stucco will look darker.
  5. If you have white vinyl windows, consider using a white trim color. It doesn’t need to match exactly.  A white trim color will keep the vinyl windows from looking harsh.
  6. Buy the best quality paint you can afford to make your paint last longer. Dark colors fade faster than light ones but if you pick a high-quality paint it won’t matter as much.  The longer the warrantee the better the paint. Avoid builder grade paint.
  7. Always test your paint colors!

Here are 6 of our favorite paint color palettes with red brick.  All colors are Sherwin-Williams.

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Southern Cottage Color Palettes

This palette uses SW Jogging Path, a mid-toned green-gray the same as the grout color.  The blue ceiling is a typical treatment for classic southern cottages.  The tradition comes from a century ago when homeowners thought that painting their front porch ceiling blue would keep ghosts out of their house because they didn’t travel over water.  An urban myth was that the blue would keep wasps away too!

Red brick house with gray walls, white trim and black door

The secret to picking a yellow paint color for your house (especially with red brick) is to choose a beige with yellow undertones. Otherwise the yellow color would look harsh like a caution sign!  SW Straw Harvest is one of those colors. If you took it inside it would look like a boring beige.  Outside, its vibrant and lovely.

Red brick house with yellow walls, gray roof, white trim and blue ceiling

Traditional Red Brick Color Palettes

We love a blue house with red brick.  SW Granite Peak is another subdued color that becomes more colorful and lively outside.  We like it because it’s not as dark as other navy blue paint colors.

REd brick house with blue paint, white trim and red door

Rushing River by Sherwin Williams is a lovely mid-toned green-gray that contrasts with the red brick and ties in with the green-gray color. Its a classic and timeless look.

Red brick house with gray walls, white trim and black door

We love a green house with red brick!  In this case, we picked SW Retreat, which is a muted green color that prevents the palette from looking like a Christmas palette.

Red brick house with green walls, white trim, gray roof and blue door

Modern Farmhouse Color Palette with Red Brick

We often get requests for a modern farmhouse look, and this is a lovely simple version, also timeless.  We picked SW Alabaster, a creamy off-white for the house.  Whites need to be creamy with brick and for exterior palettes, and we would not pick a white that was brighter than Alabaster.  It is as white as we would go. For this palette, paint all the trim, fascia, soffits, siding one color.  Not only will it look amazing, but it will save you a fortune on labor.  Top it off with a nice colorful front door.  White paint colors make your house look bigger!

Red brick house with white paint black windows and dark gray roof

The Verdict

Since brick is an earthy finish, always pick a muted paint color.  Whites should be creamy or muted light grays.  Exterior paint colors will look five to ten times brighter and more colorful in the sunshine.

No matter what, don’t forget to test your paint colors.  It’s a standard best practice.  Whenever I test my paint colors, they are perfect, and when I don’t test they turn out wrong. Learn how to test your paint colors here.

NEVER, EVER use paint matches from a different brand than the one you will use.  Results are poor and there are no standards for the sheens.  Even though your painter may truly believe it can be done, don’t do it. See results from paint matching here.

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46 Responses

  1. Wonderful, sophisticated color palettes! A bit of history on painting porch ceilings blue in the south. It’s a tradition among the Gullah, who came from Africa and settled in the low country in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. They painted their doorframes and window frames blue because of the spiritual belief that spirits couldn’t travel over water. That watery shade of blue is often called “haint blue“ a localization of “haunt.“ As far as keeping the wasps away, I can personally verify that it does! I live in a very buggy part of the Western North Carolina mountains and have had almost no bugs on my haint blue porch ceiling since I painted it three years ago.

    1. Hi Marsha,
      What wonderful insight, and for your kind words! Thank you so much for letting us know!

    2. I came here looking for something else and found the answer to the exterior conundrum I’ve been puzzling over for years.

  2. I am trying to pick the right color for My brick home. The brick is orange with some gray with tan grout. There is cedar plank siding too.

    1. Hi Laurel,
      We have some great ideas in the article. Otherwise, please consider a Color Concierge Exterior consultation.

  3. I loved your blog and thanks for publishing this about color palettes red brick. I am really happy to come across this exceptionally well written content. Thanks for sharing and look for more in future!! Keep doing this inspirational work and share with us.

  4. Wonderful information on color palettes red brick, thanks a lot for sharing kind of content with us. Your blog gives the best and the most interesting information. I wonder if we can gather such practical information about it, a great post definitely to come across.

  5. Question … Have you seen a completed home painted with your suggested colors SW7638 Jogging Path or SW7746 Rushing River? ????

    After sampling both colors (and having an initial reaction of “????!”), I decided to ‘leave it to the experts’ since I was under a major time deadline* with my painter arriving the very. next. day.

    My hubby and I actually chose the mid-color between the two -SW7644 Gateway Gray- because Jogging Path washed out in the sunlight and Rushing River appeared a bit dark in twilight.

    The painter is half done … and I hate it. The color can’t decide if it is a sickly gray or a minty-ish silver green. Yucko! I’m heart sick. ????

    *Time deadline not due purely to procrastination! Have been waiting on new windows delayed 6 weeks due to COVID-19 shutdowns at the factory TWICE! Finally realized I’d have to punt on color selection without them. Then encountered 10 days of wildfire smoke making it hard to be outdoors choosing and exterior color.

    1. Hi Rhonda,
      I am so sorry you didn’t have a chance to test your paint colors! Its crazy out there right now.

      We have seen completed homes painted with Jogging Path and Rushing River. The homes had hard finishes that matched beautifully. In this case, Gateway Gray has more green (and less gray) than the other paint colors.


  6. thank you so much for this! i just bought a 60s red brick ranch house with aluminum siding and white vinyl windows. i love the alabaster and quietude example but because the vinyl windows are so white, i’m nervous about using the Alabaster for the trim, wondering if the bright white on the windows will be too noticeable next to the Alabaster.

    1. Hi Dana,
      We prefer white or light colored trim to make white bright vinyl windows recede, so that is an excellent choice. Don’t worry about getting a perfect match, because then the white trim might be too bright and harsh for your house. I like to use a white that’s slightly darker. I wouldn’t go any brighter or lighter than Alabaster for your trim. In fact, I used Agreeable Gray for my “white” trim with bright white vinyl windows, and it looks fine. We had to use a darker color for our white because the siding is Gauntlet Gray which is a huge contrast. As long as you pick a white or gray that is relatively light you should be ok.


  7. I just moved into a red brick with some light limestone colored bricks and stone as accents. The soffits, trim and siding are painted a matching red. The house looks small and dated.

    I love Alabaster for the trim and Sea Salt for the soffits and siding. Is Sea Salt too pale to be used on the siding?

    1. Hi Beth,
      Sea Salt is a very light color. Sometimes it depends on where you live. If you live very far north, it might not be too light, but as you go South the UV rays get stronger and you need to use darker colors. Also, UV rays get strong as you go up in altitude. I would use a darker color in Denver, for example than I would in Washington, DC to get the same results. The key is to test your paint colors in a very large swatch next to your brick or stone to see how it looks. Good luck!

  8. Hi Michelle,

    Thank you for this super helpful post on red brick home colors:)

    Do you have any paint colours that match with Hardie Board’s ‘Monterey Taupe’? Would that colour go with red brick?

    And in general how close do trim and eavestroughs/ gutter colours need to match?

    Also, it seems that most updates of red brick homes are done with black trim lately. It’s not my preference though… will my house look outdated if we choose other colours like taupes for our primary trim, and then black just for front door and shutters?

    Thank you again!!

    1. Hi Jessica,
      Although we see lots of black trim, fascia and soffits these days, lighter trim is also alive and well. The name Monterey Taupe is actually a misnomer. The color is more of a dark muted green similar to SW Adaptive Shade. The best thing to do is to find the color on the fan deck that is most similar and make a large sample on poster board to compare. Monterey Taupe can be beautiful with red brick, but it’s hard for me to say because I haven’t seen your brick. In most paint schemes, your gutters and fascia should match each other. I always recommend painting the gutters to match the fascia. Downspouts should match the adjacent surface, and when next to brick should be the darkest color in the palette. The purpose is to hide the gutters and downspouts, unless you have copper or bronze another upgraded metal. The rest of the trim can match the roofline, but it really depends on your architecture and windows. I can’t make a recommendation without seeing photos of your house. Finally, test, test, test your paint colors with large poster board and on the actual surface of the house. I hope that helps!

        1. Hi Susan,
          The same principles apply for Brown brick houses. I don’t have dark grey brick ideas published yet, because we don’t see that much of it.

  9. I can’t believe it, I found this article at just the right time! We’re choosing exterior paint colors for our house with large red brick accents on the first floor. We’ve got four blue samples up and working our way through massive self doubt. Been dreaming about a grey-blue house with white trim forever. We were already mostly set on Alabaster trim, and one of the paint samples is Granite Peak! My concern, however, is that I’m picking up a purple undertone. Our house is north-facing. We’re in the Kansas City Metro, and we are not K-State fans, lol! Our other shades are Slate Tile and Grays Harbor. Grays Harbor reads a little purple, too, but Slate Tile looks almost too bright in the sun (on the other sides of the house). Our neighborhood is very white, beige and grey. So we want to add some contrast in a good way. Decision fatigue has me paralyzed. Do you have any insight to get my wheels turning again?

    1. Hi Lisa,
      I’m not too worried about Granite Peak looking too purple, unless the house next door is really red (blue+red=purple). If you are looking at samples, make sure that you have large samples that are surrounded by white so that you don’t get tricked by the color that is in place. Check out our “how to test paint colors” blog. We also have a great article on blue colors for exteriors which may also give you insight. Another tip is that Alabaster will likely be too bright a white when you take it outside. Instead, opt for a darker warmer color such as SW Natural Choice, SW Origami White or even Westhighland white. If you are looking for a creamy white, then pick a color like SW Wool Skein.

      I hope that helps!

  10. Thank you for these! I love all them. For the palette with SW Retreat and the blue door, what color would you do for the shutters? My roof is brown and will not be replaced any time soon, do you think that color palette would look ok with a brown roof? Thanks! 🙂

    1. Hi Teija,
      I’m so glad you love the palettes! Its hard for us to recommend colors without seeing your house. Its easier if you can purchase one of our exterior packages, and it helps fund the blog.

  11. Love this blog and color palettes. I too have reddish brick first floor and stucco second. Black sable roof. All your examples seem to be with light soffits and fascia. Also have bronze windows no shutter. Any thought on dark browns for fascia and soffits with the alabaster house with iron ore quietude? Thank you so much

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      I’m working on a blog for that now! For more specific color suggestions for your house, please order an Exterior color package.

  12. This is so helpful!! We are repainting our home. Front elevation is a red brick with rust and purple undertones, which will remain as is. Roof is a pretty slate with blue/green undertones. Board and batten Siding, trim and a detached carriage house (also board and batten) will be repainted. White vinyl windows, planning on SW Alabaster for trim and I have SW Retreat and SW Rosemary swatches painted now. Feel crazy…Retreat is reading too gray for my taste and Rosemary has a bit too yellow an undertone for the roof – I sort of want to combine them! Another color you’d recommend? Or a trim color that would ensure the green in Retreat is pulled to the forefront??

    1. Hi Katie,
      I’m so glad we can be of help!

      First I wanted to mention, Alabaster is pretty bright as a trim color. We usually pick warmer colors for white trim because whites are so much brighter outside. Alabaster may end up looking too stark and like primer outside. The lightest we would ever go is Greek Villa. With darker colors for the siding, I’d take it a bit warmer. We really like Natural Choice, Oyster White and Origami
      white for white trim colors. You may be testing appropriately, but just in case, when you test your paint colors don’t just paint a swatch in the middle of the old color. You should have a very large sample (4-5 ft tall by 3 ft wide), surrounded by white paint or paper and adjacent to the stone or brick. Your eye gets distracted and the color can look grayer or more dingy than it will look like outside. Please read our post on how to test paint colors. In terms of exact paint colors for your project, we would need to see photos in a consultation. Please consider purchasing an exterior consultation.

    2. I am smitten with these color combos!! Love the ceiling haint and the culture behind it.????
      I do have a question that I hope isn’t too remedial: what color/s do you recommend painting the garage doors in these 6 options? Sadly this is a big deal for me I have a Street facing garage.

      1. Hi Jesse,
        We recommend painting the garage doors one of these three options: the body color (most common), trim color (less current) or the accent color which would look awesome!

        I’m working on exactly that blog right now.


  13. Hi Michelle,
    I am trying to pick out colors for my house and hoping you can help me. The windows are a cream color vinyl, the brick color is red with some black in them with some white mortar on them (German smear). My mortar is white. I’m wanting a warm gray colors. I do have a rock entry that is gray with some cream color in them. Any suggestions? I usually purchase all of our paint at Sherwin Williams.

    1. Hi Kari,
      May I suggest that you purchase one of our online color consulting packages? Its hard for us to recommend colors without seeing photos of your house and better understanding your preferences. To purchase one of our online packages, link to

      Once you answer the questionnaire and submit photos, we will get your consultation in three business days.


  14. We had our stucco home painted last summer using BM White Dove on both body & trim. New shutters are painted SW Anew Gray. Front door is currently BM Wythe Blue. Using matte black shutter hardware, door hardware & address plaque. I’ve decided to repaint the door in a deeper gray-blue. The decision making fir color choices was very difficult but turned out beautifully! Proud to say that we quite often have people driving by to ask us to share our colors.

    I do strongly suggest that anyone in the turmoil of choices hire you for help. The cost is just too high to leave to “good luck”.

  15. Do you happen to have any palettes for lighter brick homes? We recently purchased a lighter brick house with sighting around the garage. I’m open to painting the brick, but I actually think its charming and would love to leave it as is and just paint the sighting.

    1. We would need to see your house. You might consider purchasing one of our Exterior packages.

  16. I love the Rushing River color scheme! I want to add a haint blue to our porch ceilings too. Any suggestions on a blue that would complement the rushing river scheme?

  17. Hi – this was so helpful in pointing me in the right direction. Thank you! We are building a stucco house with antique red brick skirting. I am looking at Urban Putty (Sherwin Williams) for the body. The trim and garage doors will be white but as you pointed out not a bright white. Then black shutters and black hinges, handles on the garage door and a pop of color on the front door. Thinking maybe a traditional blue like Waterloo. Any thoughts or advice? Thank you!

    1. Hi Angie,
      Sounds lovely! Consider an exterior front door consultation package, or check out our Front Doors of Paris blog post.

  18. This was extremely beneficial! We are planning to paint our house. The front elevation is a red brick that has purple and rust undertones that will remain the same. Roof is a beautiful slate with green/blue undertones. Batten and board siding trim, and an attached carriage house (also board and batten) are scheduled to be painted. White vinyl windows. I am planning on SW Alabaster as trim. there are SW Retreat as well as SW Rosemary swatches painted now. I’m going crazy…Retreat is too gray for me and Rosemary is a bit yellow undertone for the roof. I kind of want to blend the two! A different color that you would recommend? Perhaps a color with a trim to ensure that the green color of Retreat is pushed up to the front? ?

    1. Hi David,
      I’m so glad it was helpful! For starters, we don’t recommend Alabaster white trim with red brick. Even though it looks creamy inside, when you take it outside its way to stark. Instead, consider SW Oyster White or SW Pearly White. Those colors will look crisp but not harsh outside. Your house sounds amazing. Its hard for us to recommend a color without seeing photos. Please consider one of our online color consultations.

  19. I’m painting a house with orange brick color that has accents of yellow and dark brown. I should also mention the roof is also red. Not a vinarant INE, but nevertheless still red/orange. Any suggestions for a siding color?

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