What Colors Look Best With Brick?

June 13 2019

Using exposed brick in your home decor design plan is a great way to add impact and style to an otherwise boring room. Finding colors that go with the brick the way you want them to may be an added challenge, however. Check out our tips below for choosing the perfect brick and paint color combinations that fit your personal style.

Choose or Identify Brick Colors

If you already have exposed brick somewhere in your home, then this step is fairly easy. You just need to identify the main color and tone of the bricks. If you are planning to add brick to the room, you have a lot more freedom to create the exact look you want. Start by checking out the Brickwebb color options from Old Mill Brick and request samples of your favorites. Hang or lay them temporarily in the space for a day or two and see how they look in different lighting. Then choose which one looks best in your home, order the bricks, and easily install them; it’s similar to putting in tile.

How to Choose Brick and Paint Color Combinations

The next step in creating your dream design is choosing the colors you want to incorporate into the room and matching them to the tone of the brick.

Red Brick

Red brick can have several undertones within the spectrum of red shades, so determine if it is a red with an orange or purple tone.

  • Orange/Red - Red brick with an orange tone looks best will a neutral wall color like a classic warm gray or tan. Also, add accents or furniture in pops of blue, sage green, orange, red, mint, or turquoise. You can balance it out with some cherry brown, warm gray or charcoal, or add contrast with black and white.
  • Purple/Red - Purple-toned shades of red tend to be darker. Therefore, gray or tan walls work well with this color and beige is a really beautiful wall color with purple/red brick. Lean toward the lighter shades to avoid making the room feel dark. Finish the room with items that are light gray, various yellows and greens, beige, or rich brown. Also, try to avoid using blue or purple, especially in large amounts.

Brown Brick

Brown brick color example
Cafe Mocha brick color from Old Mill Brick with cream and light beige decor.

Brown brick can be light, dark, or both. If you have a light brown or beige style of brick, avoid painting your walls in gray or blue tones. Beige, tan, and most light colored accents tend to look great, for example. To add contrast, do it with dark browns instead of black. For a dark brown brick, you may need to lighten up the room with beige or cream walls and white accents. Try to avoid purple and darker shades. You can add contrast with whites and creams instead of black, for instance. Colors that go with brick on the lighter brown side are easy to find. However, you still want to avoid anything too dark, especially on the walls. Try beige-based tones on the walls, and accents in dusty blue, mustard yellow, or light green.

Gray or Tan Brick

Grey brick color
Modern contemporary bathroom 3d render. There are gray nature stone brick wall, wood floor.The room has large windows. Looking out to see the garden view.

Because gray and tan bricks tend to be lighter shades, they are a great neutral option that looks good in nearly every room. The tones will match with just about any decor and color scheme. Gray looks particularly nice with blue and purple tones you weren’t able to use with some of those other colors.

Where to Find Gorgeous Brick

For beautiful brick options in various colors, visit Old Mill Brick today and get started designing your dream room decor!

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