Design Corner: Types of Red Brick and How to Use Them in Your Home Designs

December 1 2021

Brick: Riviera, paired with a grayish olive exterior

Red brick is arguably the most popular brick color for both exterior and interior home design. In recent years it has become yet more popular as it's featured commonly in rustic and modern farmhouse designs. For some of you that may come as surprise, for others (the ones who follow our Instagram account) it should not. Red brick can add depth, pop, but also a rustic elegance to any room regardless of whether it’s installed on the wall or floor. This blog will explore all the ways one can use red brick in a home design.  

Types of Red Thin Brick

There are hundreds of shades and tones of red brick. Knowing the different types of red brick is essential in being able to use it successfully in your home design. There are three main categories of red brick. Within those categories are different shades of red. We will be discussing both the categories and shades.

Categories

Solid Reds

Solid red brick is exactly as it sounds. These bricks tend to be the same in shade, tone, and color across every brick in the pattern. They feature no variety between individual bricks making them good choices for projects where you want a single base color. Some solid red brick examples from our collection are: Atlanta, Santiago, Shanghai, Nairobi

Mixed Reds

Mixed reds tend to be the most popular red brick. They’re commonly used for interior designs but are also widely used in commercial and exterior projects. Mixed reds have the most variety. This is beneficial as it allows a more diverse color palette to be used when designing around the brick. Some Old Mill Brick examples are: Rivera, Rosewood, Castle Gate, Sunset Red, Independence, Boston Mill.

Accent Reds

Accent reds are bricks that use red only as the accent color in the overall pattern. The pattern could gray or brown bricks, with the accent color being a pop of red brick. Some examples from our collection include Promontory.

Shades

There are lots of tones and shades to the red family. This makes it slightly harder to classify them into four or five main groups. For the sake of this article, we are going to discuss the two most popular shades of red in the brick industry, those being: Muted or Dark Red, and Light Red

Brick: Castle Gate paired with a beige/tan palette

Muted/Dark Reds

Muted or dark reds are those with undertones of mocha or burnt sienna. They could also include some deep purples like eggplant or wine undertones. These reds give your room a very cozy and calming feeling. They are often used with other soothing colors such as navy, emerald greens, or neutral grays. Old Mill Brick examples would be Rosewood, or even Café Mocha.  

Light Reds

Light reds add more pop than dark reds. They create lively, warm feelings to your home. Lighter shades of red tend to increase excitement in people. It’s a good color if you like a warm and cheery energy. A few Old Mill Brick examples would be our Riviera, Castle Gate, and Boston Mill brick colors.

Brick: Castle Gate paired with an olive green exterior
Credit: @styleitpretty

Red Color Palettes

The hardest part of being your own interior designer is knowing which colors to pair and which not to pair with your brick. If you get it right, your home will be a dream come alive. So, let’s discuss what colors to pair with some of our specific bricks. As usual, we will only discuss the most popular brick colors. If you have questions about other bricks, please contact our customer support team.

Riviera

Brick: Riviera paired with a beige palette

Riviera is very warm, bright red brick. It gives any space a very inviting feeling. It adds brightness to any space making it a great choice when considering red brick. The colors we would pair with Riviera would be cool gray or hunter green. A rich emerald green would also look lovely with Riviera.

Castle Gate

Brick: Castle Gate, paired with a blue accent color

Castle Gate is also classified as a light red, but involves more muted toned bricks in its pattern. This gives Castle Gate the benefit of being a very neutral red brick. Castle Gate would be best paired with cream or taupe. It could also look great with warm grays or even off whites.

Rosewood

Rosewood is a subtly unique red and if used correctly would certainly give any home a design to remember. It has wine or plum undertones which give an extremely rich, deep feeling. Good colors to pair with Rosewood would be deep forest greens, autumn oranges, and beige tones.

Can't Go Wrong with Gray or Beige

As with all brick projects, you should understand the grout color plays a vital role in how your finished wall turns out. Because brick joints (the spaces between the bricks) are much wider than tile, the color you choose for your grout will very often change how the brick color is perceived by your eye. If you have questions about grout colors, please go check out our blog, https://www.oldmillbrick.com/blog/how-to-choose-the-right-grout-color/, for reference. If you still have doubts or questions about grout colors, you can never go wrong with a standard grey mortar. It will give your brick a very traditional appeal.

Brick: Boston Mill, paired with a navy blue exterior
Credit: @lvliving5

We hope this article has been helpful on your thin brick journey. If you need further assistance, please reach out to us at hello@oldmillbrick.com or at 888-264-6455. Or you can contact anyone from our Social Media team through direct message on Instagram or Facebook. For further ideas or inspiration check out our Pinterest or Instagram!  

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