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Red Brick Exterior with SW Greek Villa – Before and After

We painted this sweet Creole Cottage with SW Greek Villa, a white exterior paint color that paired beautifully with the red brick.   The brick was so pretty that we didn’t want to paint over it.  This review is only for Greek Villa as an exterior paint color.  It is a beautiful color for interiors too, but behaves differently.

Discover how to create this classic and timeless exterior palette with SW Greek Villa.

Red brick cottage painted with white paint, green shutters and a black front door.
After Photo by E. Lockwood

The original yellow paint was lovely, but it needed new paint.  When I first saw this lovely house in Denver, my vision was a New Orleans French Quarter Creole Cottage, with white siding, green shutters, and a black front door.  The homeowner had the same vision!

Red brick cottage with yellow siding and black shutters
before photo by M. Marceny

SW Greek Villa Exterior Paint Color Review

Greek Villa is an off-white color.  This color is the brightest that I would select for a brick exterior.  Don’t forget – paint colors can look 5-10 times brighter outside than they do inside.  For exterior paint combinations, Greek Villa should only be used as a whole-house white color when paired with red brick, not as a white trim color paired with another color.

SW Greek Villa Exterior Paint Color Review

With this type of palette, you don’t need a contrasting white trim color.  This white-on-white combination for trim, fascia, soffits, and siding is a classic and timeless placement for paint colors.  This type of palette takes less labor than when you add trim colors, and you can save project costs.

When to Avoid SW Greek Villa

Don’t use Greek Villa or other off-whites such as SW Alabaster or SW Pure White as white trim color because they can end up looking like primer when contrasted with a siding color.  Instead use warmer whites or light gray neutrals for trim color.

SW Greek Villa vs. Benjamin Moore Off-Whites for Exteriors?

SW Greek Villa is most like Benjamin Moore White Dove.  Although BM White Dove is one of my favorite and amazing off-whites for interiors, I prefer SW Greek Villa for exteriors because it has more pigment and will require fewer coats.  This is not the case for interiors, where the lower pigment levels and lighter base make White Dove a light, ethereal and versatile.

Red Brick Color Palette with SW Greek Villa

A colorful combination of SW Greek Villa, SW Courtyard and SW Tricorn Black transformed this house.

Greek Villa with Red Brick Paint Color Combo
  1. Courtyard SW 6440, Shutters, back doors, accents
  2. Greek Villa SW 7551, Siding, fascia, soffits, gutters, downspouts, back porch ceiling
  3. Tricorn Black SW 6258, Front door and garage door

We picked Greek Villa as the foundation white color because it looked so beautiful with the red brick. Our paint tests on the house also confirmed that this was the best selection. Since the windows were white vinyl, it also helped them recede.

Our inspiration for the green accent color was the new greenhouse in the backyard.  Since green and red are complementary colors (opposites on the color wheel), green can be a perfect combination with red brick.

Before Photo by M. Marceny

The backyard is a central gathering place for this young family.  The green SW Courtyard color adds an extra layer of color that pulls the backyard living space together!

Backyard red brick patio and house with white paint
Photo by E. Lockwood

This house had great bones, but the transformation was amazing!

Before Photo by M. Marceny

Our homeowner has a wonderful eye for color and décor, and she repeated SW Courtyard throughout the outdoor living space for a happy and polished summer look.

Red brick patio with outdoor living room and SW Greek Villa paint
Outdoor living room; photo by E. Lockwood

Beautiful exterior doors are not just for your front entrance.  This back patio door is amazing.

Red brick covered porch with green back door
Photo by E. Lockwood

The back porch cabinets went from utilitarian to lovely with SW Courtyard.

Back porch with green SW Courtyard cabinets
Photo by E. Lockwood

The kids brick patio became a magical place to play pretend on a summer day.

Red brick patio with SW Greek Villa siding and a green back door
Photo by E. Lockwood

The Verdict

This Creole Cottage in Denver is a complex study of warm brick and colorful layers.  Greek Villa is a beautiful white to pair with red brick.  We recommend its use as a whole-house white color, but not as a trim color because it will look to bright.  A beautiful Tricorn Black front door completes a polished and timeless look, and green Courtyard added splashes color.

Red brick patio with flowers and green plant stand
Photo by E. Lockwood

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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About the Author

Michelle Marceny, principal designer and founder of The Color Concierge, a paint color consulting company in Denver, Colorado.

Hi, I’m Michelle Marceny, founder, owner, and Principal Color Designer at The Color Concierge. I believe a fresh coat of paint can completely transform a space. The Color Concierge was born out of my drive to help clients fall back in love with their homes. My clients trust me to help them find the perfect paint color for their home – whether it’s a whole-house paint color scheme or ideas for a single room. 

Since The Color Concierge was founded in 2017, we have completed over 3000 color consultations, both online and in-person.  I am a Certified Color Expert with 7 years of experience creating interior and exterior color palettes throughout North America.

Red brick cottage with green shutters and white paint

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One Response

  1. Are you available this week for a consultation for our exterior trim color? We live in a canyon area in Southern California—one acre ranch style neighborhood. We already chose SW mega greige for the siding and iron ore for soffits, facia, and gutters We want to trim the windows, doors and beams in a white for a fresh updated look. We did a test on our shed with the mega greige for siding and extra white trim windows for a crisp updated look. But as you said in your blog, the white just looks like white primer. So I tried ivory lace and shoji white but they seem too muted and blend in too much with the mega greige. So considering are Greek Villa or Alabaster.

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Driven to help clients fall back in love with their homes with intentional paint color schemes. She started the company based on her passion for color and its ability to make a house a home.

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