How to Match Brick & Siding Colors

Marlene Inglis

Your home is a reflection of you and your house colors are a testament to your personality. When choosing colors for the exterior of your house, remember that the colors you choose will be the ones that you will have to live with for the next few years. In terms of labor and cost, choosing the right colors is therefore extremely important. It is a challenging project but there are certain things that you can do to help you match your brick and siding colors.

Various Styles of Homes

Homes should harmonize with their surroundings.

Step 1

Magazines can offer great ideas for color coordinating brick and siding.

Peruse various home and garden magazines to find out the style of your home. Is it Cape Cod, Colonial, Tudor, Contemporary? Victorian homes are usually painted in four to six colors while most homes use a palette of three different colors. Choose colors with which you are most comfortable and one suitable for the style of your home.

Step 2

Seeing the colors outdoors can be quite an eye opener.

Obtain samples of various colors from paint stores and test them on bulletin boards outdoors at different times of the day, since light changes during the day and can dramatically affect a color’s appearance.

Step 3

An example of a monochromatic color scheme.

Pick a color scheme. The monochromatic scheme uses tints, shades and tones of the same color e.g. a red brick house and a coral-colored siding which harmonizes with the brick can look elegant. The complementary scheme uses colors that are opposite on the color wheel and consists of warm colors such as a red brick house against a soft yellow siding and green trim: this creates a Mediterranean feel. Or choose the analogous scheme, which uses colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel and has a rich and harmonious feel e.g. yellow brick, yellow-green siding and green trim.

Step 4

Software can help in choosing colors.

Upload a photo of your house using software technology to choose exterior paint colors. Sign up for a free Colorjive account and experiment with thousands of colors, saving up to three different versions.

Step 5

Grout color can be the same color of brick or a contrasting color.

Select the color of the brick first and then the grout color. Use the grout color as the color for the siding. Neutrals are a safe bet when working with stone and brick.