A Guide to Selecting the Right Brick or Stone Color

Whether you’re planning to have your Carolina home’s current brick or stone exterior redone in the near future or you want to invest in an entirely new facade made from one of these materials, this guide is sure to help you. Many homeowners don’t stop to consider that there are dozens, if not hundreds, of different brick and stone colors in existence. 

The hue you choose for your North Carolina or South Carolina home’s exterior can make a big difference in the overall look of your property. Here, you’ll see some helpful tips about popular brick and stone shades. The information in this guide should help you determine what color combination is the best choice for the aesthetic you want your home to have when your upcoming renovation is complete. 

Understanding brick colors

Brick, in its natural state, generally has a warm appearance. It tends to fall somewhere in the red, orange, tan, and yellow families. As a result of this, brick exteriors generally don’t look great with stark white or cool grey trim. These hues tend to clash rather than coordinate or contrast. Instead, consider warm cream or chocolate brown trim, depending on if you prefer a light or dark look. 

It is worth noting that brick can be painted and white brick with black trim and shutters has actually become very popular in recent years. There are, however, those who are against painting brick, particularly on historic residences. If you happen to live in a Carolina house that is on the historic register, you may actually be barred from altering your brick cladding past a certain, predetermined degree. 

Understanding stone colors.

Stone cladding is available in many more color combinations than brick. It would be next to impossible to catalog every stone color in the world, so the best thing you can do is decide whether you want generally warm hues or generally cool tones in your stone. Then, meet with your renovation contractor to discuss the options that are available to you.

Natural stone, as a general rule, is much more expensive (and much heavier!) than manufactured stone or residential stone veneer. Before you commit to using a natural stone exterior on your Carolina home, therefore, you need to take a couple of key issues into consideration. 

First, you need to think about your budget. Once you talk to your installation contractor, you may discover that you can’t afford natural stone and veneer is the best choice for your financial situation. Secondarily, it’s important to find out how much weight the exterior walls of your home can bear. Although it isn’t too common, some houses cannot support the heaviness of natural stone pieces. 

At Hatch Homes, our crew is here to answer any questions you may have about brick and stone exteriors. These are both beautiful, long-lasting options for Carolina homeowners. Whether you’re interested in natural or synthetic products, our team can help you find the best choice for your upcoming project. We look forward to getting to know you soon!

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