Brick makes for a wonderful, low maintenance home. Yet, depending on the color or colors of the brick, selecting paint for trim can be a difficult task. When thinking of colors for your brick home shutters, which is the right choice?
Most non-brick homes have a two or three-color color scheme. The house is typically painted one shade with the trim painted another. An accent color is often used for the door. In the case of a brick home, a two-color color scheme is more common. Finding those two colors may take time, but is worth the effort.
Few bricks are one color. Closer inspection will reveal different shades and hues mixed in. One of these “hidden” colors may be the correct color for the shutters and trim. Another source of color inspiration may be found in the mortar.
A good strategy to discovering the perfect trim color is a stroll through your neighborhood. Most neighborhoods are comprised of similar houses. Take advantage of your neighbors’ successes and learn from their mistakes. If the red brick house with John Deere green shutters makes your eyes hurt, don’t repeat that mistake. If the red brick house with the black shutters is appealing, take a photo to use for comparison later.
Use contrasting trim color to emphasize the parts of your home you want noticed. To make undesirable features blend in use low-contrast colors.
Some of the more common brick colors are red, brown, grey, black, and white. As stated before, few of these are completely one color.
Red brick homes are typical of New England and black shutters are a common sight. Black provides a nice contrast to the red. Another option for red brick is grey. Grey shutters give a more subtle contrast against red.
White brick offers a perfect backdrop for Wedgwood blue shutters. It’s a look common to seaside homes. Green is also a good look with white brick. Both blue and green are colors found in nature.
Dark brown shutters are a good match for brown bricks. As long as the shutter color is two or three shades darker than the brick, brown on brown will work. It’s important that there be a sharp enough contrast between the colors in order to avoid the shutters disappearing against the brick.
If all else fails, go with white. White shutters tend to look good against brick.
When you’ve decided on a color, buy a small paint sample and paint a single shutter. Look at it throughout the day so you can see how light reflects off the paint. Live with it for a day or two before making a final decision. If you don’t like it, try another paint sample in another color option. Keep trying until you find the one you love.