Exterior color opinions, I hate these ugly bricks...

jc_wilsonJune 15, 2012

My home is a small ranch from the 60's. It needs a lawn and landscaping but right now I am working on the house. The cement bricks, in my opinion, are just plain ugly. The pinkish flesh colored wood trim doesn't help matters. I have Photoshopped every imaginable color for the trim and nothing helps the ugly brick problem. I don't have a problem with painting the bricks, using the correct products of course.

The roof, white vinyl windows, and white facia and rain gutters are new. Here is a close-up photo showing the bricks and a before/after with my favorite color choices. Gray brick with blue trim, tied together by the white. I am a single male so it's entirely possible that I could make it look worse and think it looks great :) So I thought I would seek opinions. Thanks!

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jc_wilson

Before:

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 12:54PM
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jc_wilson

Proposed:

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 12:55PM
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auggie1020

I think the brick would look fine and gi well with many nice colors
but that hideous pinkish would has got to go.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2012 at 3:16PM
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graywings123

I'm not feeling that gray brick and blue trim combo. Visit your local paint stores and pick up the brochures they have on exterior color suggestions. Sherwin Williams has some good ones.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2012 at 6:37PM
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graywings123

Also, try posting on the Home Decorating forum for more suggestions.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2012 at 6:38PM
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madeyna

How about a deep burgany leaning toward the brown tones? A medium to dark range grey with blue tones might work as well. A baishy grey with blue tones might also work(yep I made up a word) I don,t know if that color combo exist though.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2012 at 7:54PM
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Lori A. Sawaya

A little different pov.

The color of the brick could be just fine but the unfortunate color of the vertical wood trim makes it look not so attractive.

I changed the color of the brick just slightly in the virtual but it's not that much different - shifted out the yellow for a color that's more neutral, a warm gray.

Just because you have two different materials on an exterior doesn't mean they each have to be a different color.

There are contrasting orientations, vertical wood detail and horizontal bricks. That's an example of a good reason to use just one color on the body.

The place to bring in your favored blue is the front door. Choose a midnight navy that isn't a 'black' navy. Use landscaping to add more color. I'm not a landscaper :) but include plenty of evergreens so there is some green in winter.

To get this look you likely would not have to paint the brick, just pull a warm, neutral gray that I suspect is *in* the brick already.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2012 at 3:14PM
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graywings123

To get this look you likely would not have to paint the brick, just pull a warm, neutral gray that I suspect is *in* the brick already.

This would save you a ton of work. And clean the bricks, especially those near the soil level.

I envy you having a low, all-brick rancher.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 9:35AM
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ionized_gw

I hope that you know that painting bricks changes them from a relatively low maintenance surface to a relatively high maintenance one. I'd avoid that at a pretty high cost.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 8:26PM
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shappy

Funcolors
I love your idea, I think it looks great and at a minimum amount of effort. I would never paint the brick, that could be a maintenance nightmare.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 11:18PM
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Lori A. Sawaya

Thanks, shappy! :)

I put a virtual 'stain' on the brick - not paint. There are a gajillion masonry stains out there that can effectively change exterior brick color.

With the proper prep and highest quality products, you can paint or stain brick, concrete block and it will last a very, very long time.

But, agree, it's a lotta work so it's worth looking at ways to use color schemes to achieve desired curb appeal.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 1:24AM
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jc_wilson

OMG!!!! Thank you everyone for your suggestions. FUNCOLORS, you really nailed it with the color selections. Thank you so much for the effort and your keen imagination. My original thoughts were stain but I assumed paint would give me a wider pallete. It's the strong yellow/gold tints I find objectionable. If I can get the results of your photo re-touch with stain I will surely do it. I will take the images to the nearest Sherwin Williams. And yes, the house needs a very thorough cleaning. In 30+ years it has never had rain gutters until last week.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 10:27PM
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Lori A. Sawaya

You're quite welcome. :)

Masonry stains and sealers are actually kind of fascinating. My house in OH was a federal, red brick front. We had to seal it to stop a leak. I thought the repointing/mason expert was smokin' something but I figured wth, I'll try anything. It worked. We had "fixed" everything we could think of, called a bushel of experts and all it took was one can of masonry sealer and less than a half an hour to spray it on.

Amazeballs. After that we sealed it every two years. I learned brick is awesome but it's not totally maintenance free.

From then on I was a lil hooked on all the options available for coloring brick, block, concrete, etc.

Just do your homework, test/sample/experiment, buy top quality product.

You might dislike the color, but my guess is those are expensive bricks. Expensive as in you are very fortunate -- they don't make 'em like that any more and/or most people couldn't afford that quality building new.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 11:09PM
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cupofkindness

Part of the issue is that the roofing doesn't match the house. There was a time when roofers recommended gray shingles for every one, even if the house was in the brown range. Painted brick is an upkeep issue forever. If I were buying a home, a painted brick would be a deterent.

I agree with funcolors, paint the wood a tone-on-tone look and just match the brick as close as possible. Then, I would recommend landscaping such as planting a tree like a Japanese maple that will grow slowly between the two windows on the right (thus hiding that wood panel) and perhaps a long window box under the double window on the left side of the house.

Can you afford to replace the front door with a door that will pop? Perhaps something with a lot of glass (I would stay away from the fakey brass-leaded pieced glass doors). Pulling that front door "out" would do a lot to make the house appear more inviting. Or, what about a "barn red" door ? If you paint the trim around the door in a light, coordinating beige, a rusty red door would really pop. The blue door doesn't work, in my opinion. Don't worry about matching the roof, most people don't really "see" the roof like we are seeing it in your pictures. Good luck!

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 8:53AM
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jc_wilson

Thanks for the ideas. The new roof does not show accurately in any of the images. It is actually black with some red highlights. I've seen a lot of red entry doors and like the idea. The house actually has the original wood 9-lite crossbuck door. What's visible in the image is a glass storm door which I will replace with a white frame storm door. I would love a Japanese maple between the windows. Someone had planted 2 crape myrtle trees there, under the eve! I transplanted them and they are now thriving in the sun. Thanks again!

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 10:31AM
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trigrl09

funcolors

What brand of masonry sealer did you use did this change the colour of your brick? Can you share a photo.

Thanks

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 11:24AM
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Earl310

I would suggest painting the trim and door, and not the brick. save alot of time and money. You can also add some color by doing a little landscape.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 6:42PM
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Lori A. Sawaya

Didn't change it - had to seal it - so it was just clear no sheen.

I have purchased colors for various projects, however. In this picture you can see the sealed front facade I referred to as well as a lil faux painting using colors to make the concrete block base of the porch look like brick.

Here is a link that might be useful: Trojan Masonry Sealer

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 6:43PM
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Lori A. Sawaya

Here's the base of the porch before.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 6:47PM
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trigrl09

funcolors
Thanks for the picture. I really like what you did to tie in the porch.

Would you review my home for suggestions. I posted here under "Brick Stain"

Do you have any picture of where you changed the color? My brick is pink.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 8:41PM
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Lori A. Sawaya

K. Will take a look.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 8:46PM
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