Colors that go well with brick

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Colors that go well with brick
Choosing colours to go with brick can take planning. (brick image by Albert Lozano from Fotolia.com)

Brick can lend an air of tradition and comfort to your abode. Whether you are dealing with exposed brick, a fireplace or an exterior wall or fence, you want colours that don't clash with the reddish-brown of brick. Off-white and pale yellow hues set off brick nicely; brown shades bring out the brown undertones in the brick.

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Cream

Cream, an off-white shade with yellow undertones, is one of the safest bets to complement brick. It doesn't compete with the brick's texture or colour. Cream is a good choice if your brick element is in good cosmetic condition, and you want to show it off. Cream is also a quality selection because it blends easily with any other wall, flooring, or furnishing colour in your design. For example, if your interior design includes an exposed brick wall and mahogany flooring, cream is a colour that competes with neither. If your brick element is an exterior wall or fence framed by grass or leafy trees, cream-coloured paint goes well with both the brick and the natural green elements.

Brown

Brown picks up the brown undertones in the colour of brick. Mahogany or dark walnut flooring doesn't only complement your brick element's colour but enhances the rustic, traditional feel of the space. Deep brown Brazilian cherry furnishings add to the natural, earthy feeling inspired by brick. A wooden mantelpiece of chocolate-brown adequately flatters a classic brick fireplace.

Pale yellow

Pale yellow works well with brick, allowing the brick design element to stand out or even become the room's focal point. Lemon-yellow wall colour can aptly complement a traditional brick fireplace. Pale-yellow window coverings make a comfortable counterpoint to an exposed interior brick wall. The yellow colour of blond oak or bamboo flooring adds a dose of freshness to any room that incorporates an element of brick.

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