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How to decorate dark red brick exterior homes

Updated February 21, 2017

A dark red brick exterior gives a home a warm, neat appearance. Complementary colours and hues can also enhance a dark red brick exterior. Complementary colours are opposite one another on a colour wheel, such as red and green. Hues share the same colour base; rust and dark red both have red as a base. Colourful landscaping can tie all these colours together.

Choose a chocolate-coloured mortar to accent the dark red of the home's bricks and give it a warm, rich appearance. The dark mortar will create a strong contrast with light trim and other neutral colours in the surrounding landscape.

Paint the roof line, gutters, railings and window trim in a neutral white for a visual contrast against the dark red bricks. Add dark green wood shutters to each window to provide a splash of strong colour and to highlight the windows.

Showcase the front door area by choosing a lighter hue of red for this area such as a light rust. Hang a light straw wreath with colourful dried wildflowers wound with a dark green ribbon on the door. Set a neutral-coloured straw welcome mat in front of the door. Place a large terra cotta planter with green plants on each side of the door.

Create a path to the front door with slate-coloured pavers and light mortar. The dark slate provides a smooth contrast in colour and texture to the dark red bricks, while the light mortar outlines each paver. The dark slate path ties the brighter landscape to the dark exterior of the home.

Pile dark brown mulch such as wood chips in planting beds near the home's front foundation. Plant dark evergreen bushes in each bed. Place two wrought iron lantern lights at the end of the driveway. Build a brick raised flower bed near each light and plant colourful perennials such as morning glories that can twine around the light posts.

Things You'll Need

  • Chocolate-coloured mortar
  • White paint
  • Dark green paint
  • Light rust red paint
  • Straw wreath
  • Straw welcome mat
  • 2 large terra cotta planters
  • Slate-coloured pavers
  • Light-coloured paver mortar
  • Dark brown mulch
  • Evergreen bushes
  • 2 wrought iron lantern lights
  • Raised flower beds
  • Colourful perennial flowers
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Mary McNally has been writing and editing for over 13 years, including publications at Cornell University Press, Larson Publications and College Athletic Magazines. McNally also wrote and edited career and computer materials for Stanford University and Ithaca College. She holds a master's degree in career development from John F. Kennedy University and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University in counseling.