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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.

Best House Paint Colors with Red Brick includes exterior custom paint colors developed by professional blogger redheadcandecorate.com for her family's Cape Cod home in Michigan.  She includes the exact custom formula that you can not find on shelves.

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!

Best House Paint Colors with Red Brick includes exterior custom paint colors developed by professional blogger redheadcandecorate.com for her family's Cape Cod home in Michigan.  She includes the exact custom formula that you can not find on shelves.

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.

Best House Paint Colors with Red Brick includes exterior custom paint colors developed by professional blogger redheadcandecorate.com for her family's Cape Cod home in Michigan.  She includes the exact custom formula that you can not find on shelves.

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.

Best House Paint Colors with Red Brick includes exterior custom paint colors developed by professional blogger redheadcandecorate.com for her family's Cape Cod home in Michigan.  She includes the exact custom formula that you can not find on shelves.

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“.

Best House Paint Colors with Red Brick includes exterior custom paint colors developed by professional blogger redheadcandecorate.com for her family's Cape Cod home in Michigan.  She includes the exact custom formula that you can not find on shelves.

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 😂.

Best House Paint Colors with Red Brick includes exterior custom paint colors developed by professional blogger redheadcandecorate.com for her family's Cape Cod home in Michigan.  She includes the exact custom formula that you can not find on shelves.

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).

Best House Paint Colors with Red Brick includes exterior custom paint colors developed by professional blogger redheadcandecorate.com for her family's Cape Cod home in Michigan.  She includes the exact custom formula that you can not find on shelves.

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.

Best House Paint Colors with Red Brick includes exterior custom paint colors developed by professional blogger redheadcandecorate.com for her family's Cape Cod home in Michigan.  She includes the exact custom formula that you can not find on shelves.

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)

Best House Paint Colors with Red Brick includes exterior custom paint colors developed by professional blogger redheadcandecorate.com for her family's Cape Cod home in Michigan.  She includes the exact custom formula that you can not find on shelves.

Oh, I almost forgot. They did our mailbox, too! 😎

Best House Paint Colors with Red Brick includes exterior custom paint colors developed by professional blogger redheadcandecorate.com for her family's Cape Cod home in Michigan.  She includes the exact custom formula that you can not find on shelves.
Best House Paint Colors with Red Brick includes exterior custom paint colors developed by professional blogger redheadcandecorate.com for her family's Cape Cod home in Michigan.  She includes the exact custom formula that you can not find on shelves.

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33 Responses

  1. Dad says:

    You Did good, Great Look and Color Pick, love to all, Dad in NY.

  2. Joy Ann Ellis says:

    Love the color transformation.

  3. Rene says:

    very nice!!

  4. Jody says:

    So beautiful. You give me hope in case fiancé insists on the brick house with indoor pool. Circa 1967 or I get my 1885 white pristine farm house that could use dark blue shutters instead of current black. Hip hip hooray!

  5. Lorri says:

    Looks lovely.Everytime I read your blog, I think to myself, how can Julie improve on her lovely house. Well, you did it again..LOL!!! Enjoy.😊

  6. Becky says:

    Love it Julie, your house is beautiful:)

  7. Nancy says:

    Julie, you are exactly correct. The house did look “dusty” originally. I love the finished result. We are repainting our house in a similar shade and I can only hope we made the ri

  8. AmyG says:

    Love the color and it looks fantastic with the brick. Our brick is so hard to pair a color with – then add the HOA that has to approve every choice. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Mickey Wood says:

    Total perfection!💖

  10. Diane Pianfetti says:

    Love the new color. It looks amazing!!

  11. Renee W says:

    Great going with the colors, they look fantastic. What a beautiful house.

  12. Nancy M Konz says:

    Love it. I think in “blue” and if it matched our roof and large rocks on the front of the house, I would try it.

  13. Jaxs says:

    That dark blue grounds the house and gives it a presence it didn’t have before. It also takes away the overpowering brick color that dominated the house. Now it’s balanced w a grandeur it needed! Very, very nicely done! It is striking.

  14. Sharon Smith says:

    Totally, gorgeous!!! I was a bit worried when I “red” that you had a new house color. I thought, Julie, you better not have painted those beautiful bricks or you will find me driving across the state and knocking on your door….crying!! 😉 Love it, darlin’. Keep on doing, what you do!

    • Julie says:

      Oh dear, no! I love red bricks especially these! The original owner found these after a long search for the right color she wanted.

  15. virginia NC says:

    Love the color and that you took the time to research to get all that you wanted in color and job….so important. Love all the changes that have evolved. You are so creative.

  16. ColleenB.~TX. says:

    WOW! The pretty new colors really made your home pop. I bet you receive a lot of compliments from your neighborhood as well.
    Enjoy your day

  17. Amy Keogh says:

    It looks great!!! I’ve been dreaming and planning to have our exterior siding painted soo. We live in a colonial also with an orangey brick not nearly as pretty as yours. I live in your area and would love to get a quote from the painters you used. Would you mind sharing? If you’d prefer to email me the information my email is: amyk2477@gmail.com. Thanks!!

  18. Cindy Brooks says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  19. Cheryl Foley says:

    I absolutely love what you have done. It looks amazing! It really updated the look of your home in a very good way. I cannot wait to see it decorated for the holidays.🎄🎃🎉

  20. Bette says:

    Hi Julie:
    I just love what you and Rick have done. That color brings out the blue in the bricks, yes I can see it.
    Look out or you will run out of things to improve. Everything is gorgeous.

    Cheers, Bette

    • Julie says:

      Thank you, BETTE! I can’t wait for you to tell me what you think of the next makeover. It’s on there front of the house and involves wood!! Stay safe, friend!

  21. Rich says:

    I took the blue color formula to Sherwin Williams and Lowe’s. Neither could do anything in their system with it. Lowe’s guessed, so I have two samples that they tried to create the match. Who customized your blue color?
    Are you able to send me a sample of what you have and I can color match? Send at my expense. Thx.

  22. Khrystal says:

    Hi! I went into Sherwin Williams to pick up a sample of the Dark Blue color and they looked at me like I was crazy. Could you please let me know if this was formulated elsewhere? Maybe Home Depot? I’d really love to get a sample. We are hoping to start painting our house soon.

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