Design Corner: A Study in White Brick (Part 1)

January 21 2022

White is a color that either makes or breaks a room. It’s important to know how to use it. A brief history of the color white in interior design will be helpful as we explore the benefits of adding white brick to your home design.

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History of White in Interior Design

The color white has been used in interior design since the beginning of time. (Not quite, but it sure does feel that way). White is a universal color thus being used in many different design styles from Scandinavian interiors to glamorously modern ones. Since it has been used in so many eras of style, as well as many specific design styles, white may seem a hard color to work with. And we haven’t even talked about all the different shades of white, which is most certainly a very large rabbit hole. But don’t worry, we’re here to help you figure it all out.

Popular Shades of White

There are thousands of shades of white you can find out there. And if you’ve ever stood in front of Home Depot’s paint swatch collection, you know what I’m talking about. But you don’t need to know them all to get the style you want. This section will discuss the most popular shades of white as well as our most popular white brick.

Currently, Benjamin Moore Atrium White OC-145 is the most popular white paint. In Elle Décor’s magazine article “The Best White Paint Colors Ever, According to Designers,” Michelle Gerson says, “White can be a warm or a cool color depending on which tone of white you pick. If you want your home to feel really calm and relaxing, I suggest using a white that has a creamy tone to it. Benjamin Moore’s Atrium White has a little bit of a peach tone.”

Another popular white paint is Benjamin Moore’s Distant Gray 2124-70. In describing that shade of white, Miriam Verga said, “Distant Gray is the perfect white, especially with contrasting trim. It has more depth than a pure white but is still the perfect backdrop for a neutral interior.”

Old Mill Brick's Most Popular White Bricks

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay is a reddish brick which has been finished with a white overlay giving it a whitewashed look. So, if you’re looking for a whitewash look with minimal effort and expensive, Glacier Bay is the brick for you. Glacier Bay is an optimal choice as it fits, Michelle Gerson’s description for a calm, relaxing brick.

Bristol White

Bristol White is one of our best looking straight-edged bricks. It is an off-white brick with pure white swirls molded into the face of each brick. It has a very high-end appeal while still being affordable. This brick adds a sense of relaxing comfort to your room.


Stockholm is another off-white brick. It has a flatter tone than Bristol White but can still bring the desired look into your home. If you are looking for a smooth, simply finish, then Stockholm is your type of brick.

Artisan Paintable

Artisan Paintable is a very unique brick. It is a non-pigmented brick that we sell very cheap for all you out there who just want to paint your brick. The best part of Artisan Paintable: you can paint it whatever color you want! If you are doing an interior application, any interior paint will do. For exterior application, we recommend using Romabio Exterior Paints.

To Be Continued...

This is just the first in a series of blog post helping you understand how to use the color white in your home design and how brick is the perfect solution to do it. Stay tuned for more to come!

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