Humans are visual learners. We are moved more by sight than by any other form of sense. It is an irrefutable fact that people, places, and things are judged based on appearance at first sight. You also have to agree with the sacrilegious opinion that books are indeed judged by covers, and we might as well add buildings to the list.
It is not enough that the interior of your home, building, or space looks amazing. Having an equally beautiful exterior should also be a top priority. Painting the exterior of your home with a beautiful color completes the whole look. Building exterior painting is an art.
In this article, we will help you choose what style of art your brick building exterior can have and what complimentary colors can be used for the wood trimmings, doors, windows, and rooftop. We will also show you our top 17 inspiring exterior brick paints that can be used to transform your home. Let us get into it!
Choosing An Ideal Color
Choosing a type of color is influenced by what style of building, your home or space follows. Is it urban, vintage, rustic, suburban, or minimalist? Although, we like to say colors are versatile and can be incorporated into any style, however, colors do have an essence that undeniably suits certain building architectural styles. If your building is a modern minimalist type, then we would advise you to go for light gray, off white, or very dark color shades of gray, blue, brown, or red.
Pairing Different Color Shades For Accent Colors
Doors, windows, and rooftops can be either painted the same colors as the walls, or a different complimentary accent color. When deciding what tone of color to choose, it is best to go with the mood you want your building to portray.
If you want an artsy approach, pairing it with a darker color will bring a two-dimensional feel to your home. For a monotonous effect, going with similar colors as building accent colors will help accomplish that.
17 Brick Exterior Paints To Transform Your Home: List
1. Sherwin Williams Forestwood SW 7730
|RGB||77 83 70|
|Matching colors||Quinoa SW 9120, Aged White SW 9180, Uber Umber SW 9107|
For buildings with a quaint look and more traditional setting, using dark color paint on the brick exterior will introduce a sort of mystery to the property. The first paint color we advise you can go with is the deep dark green Sherwin Williams Forestwood SW 7730. This paint has a rich tone that appears strong and mysterious. It has gray undertones and an LRV of 8 showing how dark this low-toned color is exactly.
It is not a very popular option because of its strong attention-grabbing qualities. So, if you do not want your home, space, or building to stand out, you can go ahead and skip to the next color below. However, if standing out is your forte, keep reading! To create a complete dream-like whimsy effect, we would advise you to pair it up with some accent colors.
The window panes, doors, and roof can have the same accent color or two different ones. A deep dark red or wood shade of brown or the Sherwin Williams Uber Umber SW 9170 paint color would create a beautiful contrast that compliments this dark green exterior color. To dampen the woody effect, try using accent colors that are light; like the Aged White SW 9180 paint.
2. Sherwin Williams Cucuzza Verde SW 9038
|RGB||155 163 115|
|Matching colors||Studio clay SW 9172, Sprout SW 6427 and Gossamer Veil SW 9165|
This exterior paint color is used more as an interior color. But, if you like to live on the edge and be unconventional, then check out this low-toned green color called Cucuzza Verde SW 9038.
This Sherwin-Williams paint has an LRV of 34 and a gray undertone. It adds a dreamy, quirky quality to building exteriors it coats. If you would like to add a splash of color to your contemporary and modern homes, try painting with Cucuzza Verde. Some matching colors that can be used on window panes, doors, and roofs are Studio Clay SW 9172, Sprout SW 6427 and Gossamer Veil SW 9165.
3. Sherwin Williams Pewter Green SW 6208
|RGB||94 98 89|
|Matching colors||Silver Mist SW 7621, Spare White SW 6203 and Shoji White SW 7042|
This exterior paint color that can be used for your brick building is a nice shade of green that appears pale and earthy. You can find a similar paint color characteristic in Sherwin William Pewter Green SW 6208 paint.
This paint has a dark green shade and an LRV of 12. It can be used on buildings with rustic, contemporary, modern, and suburban styles. So, if your home falls within the category of these mentioned styles, then the Pewter Green SW 6208 is a great paint color choice to consider.
Matching it with a dark brick red color would create the ultimate traditional home sense.
However, this pastel color can also be paired with lighter color tones like Silver Mist SW 7621, Spare White SW 6203, and Shoji White SW 7042.
4. Sherwin Williams Constant Coral SW 6325
|RGB||205 142 127|
|Matching colors||Intimate White SW 6322, Steamed Milk SW 7554 and Hammered Silver SW 2840|
Nothing says “catch my attention and hold it” more than the Sherwin Williams Constant Coral SW 6325 paint color. It has a beautiful rich red and orangey hue that we absolutely adore. It makes the exterior of any building look distinct and, like it or not, evergreen. This paint color is mostly used on suburban houses, religious centers, and offices.
Constant Coral paint has an LRV of 34 and appears to have a cream or light gray undertone. Accent colors like mid toned dark gray can be used for the roof, windows, and even doors.
However, if you would like to create eye-catching brick exterior paint, then coating the roofs, doors, and windows colors with high light reflective hues like light gray or off-white tones would achieve that. Examples of paint colors like these are Intimate White SW 6322 and Steamed Milk SW 7554.
5. Sherwin Williams Drift of Mist SW 9166
|RGB||220 216 208|
|Matching colors||Eider White SW 7014, Black Pearl SW 9154, Polished Concrete SW 9167|
This calm and resolute light gray color can be matched with swatches of the Sherwin Williams Bud Green paint to create a rough look on the exterior of your brick property. The gray paint tone is reminiscent of older-generation castles and walls. If your building style is along this line or vintage, then choosing the Sherwin Williams Drift of Mist paint will complete the retro look.
This paint color has an LRV of 69 and a pale green undertone. The combination of a gray paint color with a green undertone on stone brick walls creates an impressive 17th to 18th century aesthetic appearance. Other colors this nostalgic gray can be matched with are Eider White SW 7014, Black Pearl SW 9154, and Polished Concrete SW 9167.
6. Sherwin Williams White Sand SW 9582
|RGB||237 236 231|
|Matching colors||Intimate White SW 6322 and Steamed Milk SW 7554|
The Sherwin Williams White Sand is an off-white paint that has a yellow undertone and a beautiful dream-like quality. Like most off-white paint colors, it holds an elegant, poised look and feel. This paint color can be used in a variety of housing styles owing to the enviable versatility of the color white. It has an LRV of 84 making it a high toned color.
Some beautiful matching accent colors are Intimate White SW 6322 and Steamed Milk SW 7554 which are also off-white tones. Dark gray paint colors can also be used as an accent match. A personal piece of advice from us to you regarding off white colors is “Match with dark tones. It always brings out the brilliance and simple regality of white”.
7. Sherwin Williams Glimmer SW 6476
|RGB||224 231 226|
|Matching colors||Pure White SW 7005, Watery SW 6478 and Felted Wool SW 9171|
This creamy off white paint with a green undertone says classy and urban like no other. If you like to play it safe and keep it classy while you are at it, then the Sherwin Williams Glimmer SW 6476 paint color is for you. Coating your home exterior with this high-toned paint effortlessly creates a simple timeless feel.
Whether it is your home exterior, office exterior, or any other building exterior, the Glimmer 6476 paint color has the ability to showcase stable peaceful vibes in viewers or passerby. It has an LRV of 78 showing its bright reflective character. Some matching colors we would advise the Glimmer 6476 paint color to be paired with our Pure White SW 7005, Watery SW 6478, and Felted Wool SW 9171.
8. Sherwin Williams Knockout Orange SW 6885
|RGB||225 111 62|
|Matching colors||Faint Coral SW 6329, Anew Gray SW 7030 and Westhighland White SW 7566|
With the Sherwin Williams Knockout Orange SW 6885 paint color there is nothing like blending into the environment or being inconspicuous the way some paint colors like off-white or gray afford. Orange toned colors always stand out.
This beautiful paint color appears to be happy, hyper, and social like no other. Knockout Orange seems to have a red undertone which makes it exciting. This paint color can be paired with other vibrant colors like red, green, or white.
However, they can also be paired with more specific paint colors of Sherwin Williams descent that are pale and high toned like the Westhighland White, or the Faint Coral with pale red undertone, and even the Anew Gray which looks like pale gray rattan color. These colors will help tone down the vibrancy of Knockout Orange paint color.
9. Sherwin Williams Faded Flaxflower SW 9146
|RGB||158 180 192|
|Matching colors||Icicle SW 6238, Charcoal Blue SW 2739, and Gossamer Veil SW 9165|
Classy, chic, and flamboyant! This gorgeous shade of sky-blue paint color is a must-have if you want your brick building exterior to be transformed into a delightful sight. The Sherwin Williams Faded Flax Flower SW 9146 paint color has a lovely blue tone that will give your building that cold and pretty princess vibe.
It has an LRV of 44 with a white undertone. It can be paired with light gray or off white colors such as the Icicle SW 6238 or darker hues of blue like the Charcoal Blue SW 2739. These colors will compliment the Faded Flaxflower’s bouncy rich hue.
10. Benjamin Moore Blue Polo 2062-10
|RGB||48 59 66|
|Matching colors||Stardust 2108-40, Silken Pine 2144-50, Wedgwood Gray HC-146, and Ice Cap 1576|
Deep dark-hued paint colors hold mystery. They evoke a mysterious, modern, classy, and masculine feel anywhere they are used. An enchanting deep-toned paint color we suggest for your use is the Benjamin Moore Blue Polo 2062-10. It is deeply light absorbent with an LRV of 4.14.
The Blue Polo paint has a green undertone that could be mistaken for yellow depending on how bright the weather gets. Buildings of modern nature are easier to carry this paint choice without being overwhelmed and appearing drab or weird.
Wood toned colors would make great complementary paints as well as deep red paint colors. Other attributes to look for in matching colors are pairing Blue Polo with higher LRV paint colors that either have a brown or green undertone like Stardust 2108-40, Silken Pine 2144-50, Wedgewood Gray HC-146, and Ice Cap 1576.
11. Benjamin Moore Mediterranean Breeze 799
|RGB||183 213 224|
|Matching colors||In the Twilight 1434, Oyster Shell 864, Beigewood 1007, and White Down 970|
Light, calming and adventurous, this paint color evokes a slew of complimentary emotions that are positive. It is the ultimate summer color paint that makes everything seem easy, fun, and free. Mediterranean Breeze is a lovely vibrant color with low saturation and a high-toned LRV of 62.98.
To complement this pretty blue shade of Benjamin Moore’s Mediterranean Blue paint, we advise matching it with white paint to create a majestic combination that is both soothing and pleasing to the eyes. If you are looking to create a fairytale-like experience with your building exterior, then this is the best paint color choice for you.
It can be matched with the beautiful light gray color of Benjamin Moore’s “In the Twilight 1434” paint, or the creamy off-white “White Down 970” paint, or even the brown tinted white of “Beigewood 1007”.
12. Benjamin Moore Barley 199
|RGB||238 209 162|
|Matching colors||Sherwood Tan 1054, Chatsworth Cream 225, Royal Silk 939, and Chocolate Pudding 1014|
Looking for a way to introduce a happy soothing tone to your building? Then try out the Benjamin Moore Barley 199 paint color. It appears creamy with a mix of light brown and yellow. This paint color has an LRV of 66.32 and a slightly ambiguous undertone that appears cream, brown, or gray depending on what time of the day it is looked upon.
For an exterior paint choice, Barley 199 is slightly out of place because it is often only used as an interior paint. However, using it as exterior paint makes for a peculiar-looking building. You can pair up with an off-white or light shade of gray or go darker with deeper gray shades.
Some other colors that can be used as accents are the brownish Benjamin Moore’s Chocolate Pudding 1014 paint, and the lighter tones of creamy yellow paint like “Chatsworth Cream 225 and Royal Silk 939”. Some similar colors to Barley 199 are Golden Lab 178, Vellum 207, Traditional Yellow 170, and Yellow Bisque 220.
13. Benjamin Moore Westcott Navy 1624
|RGB||79 84 89|
|Matching colors||Soothing Green 535, Easter Lily 2150-70, Boardwalk 1102 and Yellow Freeze 2020-70|
Deep dark colors ascribe a sophisticated air to places or buildings they coat. They are undeniably regal and masculine in the emotions they evoke from viewers or passersby. To get your building this head-turning imposing effect, paint it with Benjamin Moore’s Westcott Navy 1624.
This paint is a low toned color that somehow still manages to stand out even at night because of its remarkable ability to blend so well into the dark. It has a subtle green undertone that could appear blue depending on what time of the day the building exterior is viewed. Accent colors on doors, windows and roof that can be used are pastel green colors like “Soothing Green 535”, creamy “Yellow Freeze 2020-70”, or brownish “Boardwalk 1102”.
14. Benjamin Moore Baby’s Breath 873
|RGB||233 235 231|
|Matching colors||Nightfall 1596, Witching hour 2120-30, Silver Spring 2120-50, Silver Mist 1619 and Winterwood 1486.|
As exterior paint goes, having a white building is commonplace. If you want a simple, less risky, and stable paint color, then a white-hued paint would be just right. The Benjamin Moore’s Baby’s Breath paint color which bears close similarities with “White Diamond 2121-69” has a mild green undertone with a high tone LRV of 82.44.
This off-white paint is used in a variety of building styles because of its easy trustful simplicity. When matched with darker gray colors, Baby’s Breath looks elegant with a mild irresistible charm. Dark gray colors like Benjamin Moore’s Nightfall 1596 and Witching Hour 2120-30 can be used as accent colors for roofs, doors, and windows.
The walls of the brick exterior can also be painted with different mixes of its matching colors such as Silver Spring 2120-50 and Silver Mist 1619. You can also add vibrancy by introducing bright green paints as its accent color while painting.
15. Benjamin Moore White Christmas 872
|RGB||236 237 232|
|Matching colors||Midnight Blue 1634, Mt. Rainier Gray 2129-60, Nickel 2119-50, and Winterwood 1486.|
For a calming cool feel, using Benjamin Moore’s White Christmas 872 paint color is your top choice. This paint evokes a cool breezy feel that offers a quiet calmness to any space that it coats.
On brick building exteriors, White Christmas creates a soft inviting quality. This paint color has an LRV of 84.09 putting it at the top of reflective high-toned colors. It has an undertone of green that shows blue depending on the time it is looked upon during the day. At nighttime, White Christmas 872 paint stands out.
The reflective high-toned color provides safety in its simplicity and popular use. When using White Christmas paint, try painting the doors, windows, or roofs with a light gray or mid-toned gray paint.
This paint mix will create a soft feathery quality your building will inherit. Colors like Nickel 2119-50 or Mt. Rainier Gray 2129-60. However, if you want a stark contrast between your accent colors and main building color, the use of dark gray paint colors like Midnight Blue 1634 paint would suffice.
16. Benjamin Moore Wedding Veil 2125-70
|RGB||239 240 237|
|Matching colors||Day’s End 2133-30, Shadow Gray 2125-40, Silver Half Dollar 2121-40, and Winterwood 1486|
This brilliant white color has a pale yellow undertone with a high toned LRV of 86.49. White is a versatile paint color that is mostly used as a traditional interior paint, but this doesn’t stop its use as an exterior paint. Depending on the colors of the other building exteriors in the environment, white-painted exteriors can blend in or be conspicuous.
White paint colors like the Benjamin Moore Wedding Veil 2125-70 can be spotted on a variety of building styles. From suburban homes to high-end modern offices to cottages and many more, Midnight Veil coats them all. Matching colors for white hues paints can be a range of colors as white color compliments every other hue on the color wheel.
It could be a creamy off white paint color called Aged White, or a timeless classic off white color called Egg White. Any of these colors can be used as accents for window panes. For doors and roofs, we advise you to go with something darker. You can check out Benjamin Moore’s Day’s End 2133-40 paint or their Shadow Gray 2125-40 paint. Whatever the choice, with white, there is no right or wrong accent color choice.
17. Benjamin Moore Timber Wolf 1600
|RGB||155 158 158|
|Matching colors||Silver Cloud 2129-70, Pearl Gray 863, Durango 2137-30, and Black Horizon 2132-30|
Gray was a favored color for brick building exteriors in older times. It was used in coating almost every building in the 1600s. This popular choice and trend soon became relegated in the 18th to 19th century when white and off white tones for painting building exteriors took over.
However, in this century and year, the gray exterior paint color trend is back, and we dare to say, it is here to stay. Buildings and home styles made in contemporary, modern, minimalist and many other styles have gray paint coating on their exterior brick surfaces. One of our favorite gray paint colors we recommend for participating in this trend is Benjamin Moore’s Timber Wolf 1600 paint.
It has an LRV of 33.39 and a green undertone that turns blue during the evening time. This paint color attributes a cool modern and contemporary tone to buildings, spaces, and homes. Our favorite pick, Timber Wolf 1600 paint color can be matched with a variety of colors ranging from the light gray Silver Cloud 2129-70 and Pearl Gray 863 paint color, the dark brown Durango 2137-30, and the deep dark Black Horizon 2132-30 with a slight blue undertone.
Timber Wolf is a versatile color that can be matched with a lot more other colors, so you are free to play around and experiment with this.
Having looked at our selection of 17 brick exterior paints that can be used for your building, we hope you will be able to make an informed decision about which paint choice works best for your building or home. There are paint colors listed above for modern, contemporary, suburban, modern, and even rustic building styles. From our list, gray, white, red, blue, and black shades are the most used color paint for the brick building exterior. These colors have evolved into the most practical paint colors people use in painting their buildings and spaces. As we evolve, we may see more color variations added to this list.