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The White House: My Favorite Exterior Paint Combinations

{Suzanne Kasler’s Home in Atlanta | Photography via Architectural Digest}

There are few things that I love more than a white Brick house. White houses are classic, elegant, and truly timeless. I would love for our next house to fall into this category, but in the meantime, I have been lucky to work on pretty, white houses for clients. I currently have the sweetest client with whom I have worked for the last year. My whole team has loved working with her and her darling family. It has also been one of the projects of which I am most proud because it is truly beautiful. We have transformed their home into a beautiful environment that speaks exactly to who they are as a family. I can’t wait to share it with you! The one thing my client does not love about her house is the color of the brick on the exterior. The house was built in a regency style back in the 1930s and while the facade is stunning, the brick color is a bit too orange for my client’s taste. We have decided to paint the brick white and the front door will be black lacquer.

We toyed with the idea of slurried brick, a beautiful old world technique that showcases the texture of the brick. It gives homes a lot of character. Slurry or mortar wash isn’t actually a paint application, but a thin layer of colored mortar or cement that can be troweled/smeared over the top of brick masonry to give a home a more European look. While we loved the idea of slurried brick, the contractor with whom we met said that it would be a very difficult process on an existing house and that the outcome can’t really be guaranteed. The slurried, or mortar washed brick would also be about 50% more expensive than paint. I love the look of it and know that it would work fabulously on a new construction house, but we decided it wasn’t worth the stress to try to achieve this look on my client’s house when we know that paint will yield a beautiful look. Below, I have rounded up some of the images illustrating some of my favorite paint combinations for white brick houses.

{Holly from Things That Inspire featured this beautiful home a few years ago and I still love it | Brick: Benjamin Moore Ballet White –OC 9 | Shutters: Benjamin Moore 977 Brandon Beige}

{Gwyneth Paltrow’s Ultra-Chic, Windsor Smith-Designed Home in Brentwood |Brick: Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172 | Trim: Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17}

{I saw this pretty house on a Dallas real estate listing a couple of years ago and it pops up on my Pinterest feed all the time. | Brick: Benjamin Moore Ballet White | Shutters: Sherwin Williams Attitude Gray}

{A Chicago House with a Bit More Contrast via Things That Inspire | Brick: Benjamin Moore Navajo White | Trim: Custom}

{The exterior of this home featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles is painted in Benjamin Moore China White which is said to be “clean and warm without being creamy”.}

{This lovely home was designed by Allard Ward Architects and was featured by Luciane on Home Bunch.  | Brick: Wash Basin by Ralph Lauren}

I am currently thinking we will go with Benjamin Moore White Dove on my client’s brick and either the same color on the trim or maybe a soft greige such as Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter for a bit of contrast. I’ll let you know what we decide!

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