I just spent 20 minutes trying to create the best title for this post 🤔 -one that would captivate the amazing difference our new bold paint color has made to the exterior of our home. I’m not quite sure the title “Best House Paint Colors with Red Brick” is adequate. What I do know, is that after all the research reviewing paint colors with red brick, after all the mini testing sessions on the side of our home, by far, this dark blue custom color my husband and I created is definitely the top dog. If you have similar red brick on the exterior of your home, and you’re wanting to update your home, this just might be the paint color(s) that take your house to a fresh new level.
TIP: THE EXACT REDHEAD CUSTOM PAINT COLORS ARE AT THE END OF THIS POST FOR YOU TO COPY AND SAVE FOR LATER.
Original Paint Colors When We Moved In 2008
When we moved in the house it was painted a sage color with creamy ivory trim that really washed out the entire Cape Cod style of our new home. It was okay I guess, and matched the brick fine, but it just didn’t pop, and seemed to age the house. It almost made me feel dusty 🤧. Quite frankly, it was boring and way too predictable.
The darker sage green door matched, but once again, I’m was feeling old and dusty when I looked at the front door. As you can see below, even our dog, Dude, wanted out 😆.
By the way, one of the first things I did when we moved in, was remove the mutton bars from the sidelight windows you see below. They were so dusty and faded I just grabbed them and they are still down in the basement. You can see the wooden shutters we built for cheap to take their place here: Wooden Sidelight Shutters. The shutters offer privacy!
Second Paint Color Update 2010
After a year or so, we hired a crew to paint the house a happier blue color (make sure you check many references and get many estimates). Did I find the right color? Uh, no. It did grow on us, and this periwinkle type blue was definitely an upgrade from the drab sage. Once we replaced the traditional shutters with our DIY Cedar Stained Shutters, I began to appreciate the blue a lot better. It stayed this way for approximately 10 years. You may notice the updated garage doors match the shutters and it all flowed nicely.
Unfortunately, the front door still didn’t seem right 🤔. Even after replacing the old brick steps with gorgeous DIY Mahogany Wood Steps, I still didn’t feel this front door was at it’s full potential. We even contemplated replacing it completely, but this old door is so solid it didn’t seem like the right choice. Especially considering how expensive high quality doors are. Maybe some day, but wait until you see how the final colors make our old door POP now…
Finally the Best House Paint Colors with Red brick
Pow! Welcome to our home. Check out how this bold dark blue paint color makes our front door shine bright. So bright, you might catch the rainbow 🌈 …
View information on rainbow mat, modern address numbers, and white planters with faux ferns HERE.
Here’s more photos from last fall right after the painters finished to show you how the dark blue brings out the cool colors of the brick, and the bright white outlines the shape of our home up against the forest/lake back ground. The difference is truly shocking, especially in person.
I especially love how the cedar shakes look with this darker blue paint color. You may want to note that using semi-gloss on the cedar shakes really makes them pop instead of camouflaging their unique pattern. The photo above and below really prove to me why I feel our unique blend of custom color is the “Best House Paint Colors with Red Brick“.
So, tell me. Can you see the blue in the brick? That was the main reason I wanted this color. I just knew it would work because the brick has almost the exact same tone of blue in it.
When the painters finished all of the patching, and prep work that seemed to take days and days because there was a ton, they asked me to come out and make sure the color was right. I nearly had a panic attack right there in the middle of my foyer in my pajamas, but just said, “Oh yah, sure! I’ll be right out! 😳” After I slowly walked out and turned around, I nearly fainted when I saw how beautiful it looked. It really was a risk, but I guess you could call it a well thought out risk.
I told the young couple how great of a job they were doing. I also made them cookies 😂.
My husband (note: Rick put himself through law school while running his own painting company back in the day) and I took many months to research paint colors, interview paint companies, and we actually waited an entire winter season before we hired anyone because the prices were crazy high (some of the estimates were 10k higher so be careful).
That following season we found a husband and wife team and like I mentioned early, they really did do such a fantastic job. It was just the two of them, so there was no “crew” all over our property. I was straight up and told them that everything had to be cleaned up daily (being very careful of our landscaping), and absolutely no smoking. There’s nothing worse than when folks smoke while they are working at your house. When I was younger, I use to put up with it, but not anymore. Redhead is in charge now.
Redhead’s Custom Paint Colors
Together with our painters, and our local paint store we were able to formulate the dark blue color by matching it to a photo I had falling in love with. Isn’t that incredible?
Talk to your local paint store and ask them if they can match colors for you. I found my favorite color combo on Pinterest, but this is our own custom color formula made specifically for our home. If interested in the color, I have the formula details for you below. Just take this post with you to the paint store and show them this:
DARK BLUE: Sherwin Williams Exterior Latex Semi-Gloss—–> Formula-E-10Y200, KX-1Y88, MM-48, RR-48
BRIGHT WHITE: Sherwin Williams Exterior Latex Satin—->Extra White (standard color)
Oh, I almost forgot. They did our mailbox, too! 😎Posted by