I understand bricks are originally not meant to be painted over, and if you own a brick home in Warsaw, Syracuse, Leesburg or areas around Winona Lake, you might be wondering if you can really do exterior brick painting. “Can I paint over my brick exterior?” Well, at Matthews’ Painting, we get that quite a lot.
Yes, you can paint over your brick exterior. In fact, the biggest question is not whether you can paint over the brick exterior, but “Which color should paint over my exterior brick?” In this article today, we will be sharing some tips on how to pick the best color for your exterior brick, and some color ideas for your inspiration.
Factors to Consider When Picking Your Color
Freshly painted brick has a clean, finished look that can highlight architectural features, bring new life to home siding or accent the trim of your home. Consider the following while making your color choices.
• Neighborhood –you don’t necessarily have to copy everything your neighbors are doing with their houses, but you probably also don’t want your house to stick out in neon orange like a sore toe. Choose colors that suit your personal tastes, but also show consideration for the overall color theme of your neighborhood.
• Landscape –note the trees, bushes, perennials, and rocks that surround your house year-round. Now, pick a color that enhances and compliments those surrounding features rather than competes with them.
• Climate – Most of Indiana has a humid continental climate, with cool winters and long, warm summers, so you need to consider seasonal color changes when choosing the exterior color for your brick home exterior repainting. A soft shade of sage green, cream, off-white or muted red can do the trick.
• The Roof –most homeowners forget this, but your exterior color should always compliment your roof color. Most shingles roofs come in neutral or dark earth color tones such as deep gray, moss green and terra cotta.
• Color and Size –if your home’s exterior has just a small section with a decorative brick feature, such as the chimney, you have two main options; you can either make it appear larger and highlight it in bright paint colors or make it look smaller and receded by painting it in neutral or darker tones.
• Home Style –your home’s style influences your color choices to some degree. A Victorian home style, for instance, will look better when painted in neutrals and muted tones as opposed to vibrant bright color variations.
Color Ideas for Your Brick Home Exterior
The above-named factors will play a major role when choosing the exterior color for your home. Some of the most popular brick house exterior colors we see across many regions in Indiana include white/cream/off-white. This pellet creates a cool, sophisticated and modern look. Choose warmer colors as accents to keep things from feeling too cold.
If white seems a little intimidating, lighter shades of soft gray are a perfect alternative to white if you’re looking for a classical look. Other popular colors include velvet brown, muted reds, gray-blue, sage, sage-green, straw, muted yellows, and putty.
The Bottom Line
Brick comes in an array of colors and typically looks great when left in its natural tone. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t repaint over it. With the above color ideas and some help from a professional painting contractor, you can bring out the best looks and visual appeal that your home has to offer.
If you’re considering repainting your brick home’s exterior, Matthews’ Painting would love to help. We have over 20 years of residential painting serving the areas of Warsaw, Syracuse, Leesburg, Lake Tippecanoe area, Goshen, Winona Lake area, Columbia City, Indiana, and surrounding Indiana cities. To get started with us, simply give us a call today on (574) 834-3575 today to book our services or ask any question.