White Brick On Our House & 7 White Brick Colors

Sharing is caring!

A white brick house is a dream – a classic, ensuring your home will never go out of style. A painted brick house is lots of homeowner’s ideals – so painting your brick can even add instant value to your home! Building an all white brick house would have been nothing short of amazing, but it was not in the budget for us. As a compromise, we made a large portion of the front of our house white painted brick!

The White Painted Brick On Our House

Affiliate links may be used at no cost to you. This blog is my business, so thank you for supporting my family! I hope you find the information helpful.

a white brick house

See that center part with no shutters? That is the white painted brick I dreamed about and eventually got on our house. I went back and forth on shutters for those four windows because I thought they were so pretty – especially the color – but I didn’t want anything covering up that brick. I only had so much pretty brick and it broke my heart to put anything over it!

Our foundation is white painted brick as well.

Is A Painted Brick House A Good Idea?

Styles and tastes are personal and change with the times – and some out there truly love the look of classic red brick. However, it cannot be argued that painting old brick (when done correctly of course) is seen as an “upgrade” in the real estate world. It all comes down to curb appeal – and painted brick with a classic shade simply makes a home easier on the eyes! 

white painted brick house Great painted brick colors to consider are:

  • taupe
  • dark or light grey
  • white or cream
  • sage green
  • black (yes, black can work in some cases!)

As a general rule stick to neutrals. For instance, I love using blue in home decor, but blue brick is not appealing to the masses.

Brick Veneer

For the center of our house, we actually used brick veneer. Solid brick will cost you about three times more than brick veneer, so this is something to consider.

White House with brick

What is brick veneer?

Brick veneer is the same size and has roughly the same look as a solid brick. But while solid brick homes are built to structurally support a house, if you use brick veneer the brick does not support the structural load. In other words, the inner wall bears the weight of the structure, and not the brick. Brick veneer is still set just like a regular solid brick, with grout.

Even if you are painting the brick white, you want it to have a good texture. So if you are going the veneer route I would advise you to just make sure the veneer pieces have the same rough look as solid brick. 

white painted brick house under construction

There is that brick with a fresh first coat, just making all my dreams come true!

Is Owning A White Brick House High Maintenance?

We currently have lived in our white painted brick house for 2.5 years, so keep that in mind when I share my experience. Equally as important, our home is a crisp, bright white – that hardest to keep clean and the first to show the dirt.

White painted brick is more maintenance, it is true. And our bright white against the red North Carolina clay in the soil is quite the contrast. Here in NC we also have a heavy pollen season-  thick yellow dust covers our ground every April. It even turns the sidewalk yellow- so just imagine what all the yellow in the air does to a white brick house!

outdoor white chair hanging on a rope with a pillow

Shop: hanging chair / pillow / small pillow

We hope to maintain the brick a small amount each year to keep it looking its’ best. Our second spring in the home we power washed the pollen off (on a low setting for the brick, please!). But this spring (our 3rd spring in the home) we did not need to power wash. The white looks great! So it is likely we need to power wash every two years. Certainly not too much upkeep.

If our brick was an off white shade of white, with a creamy or gray undertone it wouldn’t show dirt as easily.

I was told to maintain brick painted with latex paint you need to paint it every 3-5 years (according to the Brick Industry Association – yes that’s a thing!). But using a mineral-based paint instead of latex allows your brick to “breath”, cutting the time down to 20 years! Our brick is still in perfect condition- no signs of wear.

White Paint Color Combinations For Painted Brick House

Our home is painted Sherwin Williams Extra White, a crisp bright white, in a flat. (You can read all about the paint colors used in my home here.)  My builder used the Loxon line. I love, love LOVE the finish, and highly recommend a matte sheen.

This masonry primer was also used:

Sherwin Williams paint for exterior

Painting your brick house will transform your home. If you live in an existing unpainted brick house and are on the fence, it is certainly a personal decision. But it can often take a house that looks busy and make it look more uniform, and improve the overall value of the home!

Our house in Sherwin Williams Extra White | Shutters Sherwin Williams Uncertain Gray 

a white brick house with gray shutters

White brick is so beautiful it’s hard to go wrong here. Here are some other beautiful white brick homes that have me drooling!

Brick: Benjamin Moore Olympic Mountains

a modern white brick home

Via: Pike Properties

Brick: Benjamin Moore Ballet White | Shutters: Sherwin Williams Attitude Gray

Georgian white brick house

via: Houzz

Brick: Sherwin Williams Natural Choice |Windows: Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray

white painted brick house

Via: Home Bunch

Brick: Sherwin Williams White Duck

white brick house

Via: Houzz

Brick: Benjamin Moore China White

brick painted Benjamin Moore china white

Via: Studio McGee

Brick: Benjamin Moore Simply Whitea white brick house with black trim

Via: Houzz

Our white brick porch painted Sherwin Williams Extra White

outdoor hanging chair on a front porch

If you liked reading this, you might also like reading about our tips after building our home, or tour our refreshed kitchen or read about our coffered ceilings along with 23 others.