Brick isn't always that standard brick red -- it can be dark red, brown, white, beige, black or even pink, partly because of the type of clay it's made from. So trim choice is not a matter of one-color-fits-all. And besides, who wants a cookie-cutter exterior, when you can make your solid-looking home appear even more stately? If, instead, you want to downplay the brick, there's at least one way to do that, using the right trim.
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White on Track
You usually can't go wrong with pure white trim if you want to showcase brick, regardless of its natural shade. The high-contrast outline defines the home's architectural lines, tracing the roofline, porch, doors and windows to emphasize a rich, substantial ruddy or pale facade.
Off-white trim with a yellow or cream tinge has a subtler effect, which suits gray, black or brown brick, or a home with a more traditional design, an English Tudor home or rustic cottage, for instance. If the home has pure-white window frames, however, it may be best to match these, and avoid tone-on-tone upset, which can read as dirty.
Use white tinged with yellow, or storm-cloud gray if your aim is to neutralize pinkish brick. Alternatively, rev up the warm undertone -- to thwart brick's coldness -- playing into it with complementary white tinted with green, pale sage or pure-white outlines.
Painting existing unattractive trim in a more suitable color ups the curb appeal at a fraction of the cost of replacing it.
Dark on Dark
To downplay a deep or saturated brick exterior, opt for dark trim. Stay in the color family, pulling the trim color from the brick -- pairing brown with brown, for instance. Or, use neutral black or deep gray outlines to update brick red, dark red, brown, gray or black.
For a large two- or three-story brown-and-red brick house, choose a trim color that matches your preferred shade; if you opt for brown trim, in this scenario, the brick's brown tone appears more prominent than the red. This color-popping trick works with any mottled or dual-tone brick.
Taupe It Off
Creamy beige, pink, white, or light- or mid-brown brick is amicable with copper or taupe trim. This pairing creates a soft look, blending the home quietly into a semi-arid or barren landscape. Be careful, though -- if the trim is even a little too dark for the brick tone, the home can acquire an unfinished appearance. To avoid this, choose a hue that's slightly paler than or the same saturation depth as the home's body, resulting in an almost monochromatic effect.