Colors that go with red brick walls

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Colors that go with red brick walls
Red brick interiors can add warmth. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Red brick is a warm and companionable surface for a room. Its rustic overtones can soften an urban loft. The gritty texture livens up a room faced with drywall. The colour is robust yet not forcible enough to cause difficulty in finding appropriate companion colours. Some pairings are on the simple side. These are fine for no-fail tastes or shared spaces (like offices). Other options capitalise on the imbued characteristics of brick.

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White matches all colours. It has no hue, technically. Thus, it is a blank, brilliant palette for other colours, warm red brick in this case. White walls reflect maximum light, which is useful fur urban rooms with a dearth of windows or areas where shade trees obscure light. It also helps simplify furniture choices. The white won't interfere with any decor decisions. It's a conservative choice. Sometimes that is just right. For other tastes, there are livelier options.


While grey is technically free of hue information, like white, it has a contemporary character. In addition, grey can be lightly infused with hue, cool or warm to shade it towards other design elements. For brick, a warmish grey, one tinged with red, is more of a natural option. The subtle red picks up brick hues. A down-the-middle grey, more standoffish, serves up a chic and reserved cast. Again, grey won't impact furniture colours. Dial up or down the value (brightness, that is) of the grey depending on the light available and atmosphere preferences.

Deep Earth Tones

Earth tones, simple and warm, present a homey alternative. Sienna, deep ochre, milk chocolate and olive range from red to green, all providing comfortable companion hues to the brick. On the red and brown side, there's minimal contrast and emphasis on harmony. The greener shades contrast while retaining a casual cast to the room. Darker earth tones make a room feel smaller. Conversely, they can make a big room cordial.


Capitalising on red is another option. Rather than emphasise earthy warmth, however, intense reds like burgundy enliven a space. While hotter reds like peony or magenta are best shunned, others, like maroon or rhubarb, strike a balance. These reds, strong hues but without electric overtones, bring an impact, match with red brick and yet won't overwhelm. Pastel reds like dusty rose or pink salmon are softer options.

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