Obviously Cloud White (like in this post I wrote) cannot possibly be a go-to white for the exterior of any home and certainly not brick homes, like all the wonderful homes in Toronto (where I’m on a mini-vacation this week). Here is my take on the ones that do work well.
In this gray brick home (above), an off-white trim like Cloud White would be perfectly fine because gray and white are great together. White is way too stark looking for the most part if your brick is rusty or more earthy.
I adore black trim with orange brick but not without a healthy dose of another light coloured trim –otherwise it looks too harsh and starts looking halloween. Check out the above home with charcoal trim, BM HC-166, which is much softer than the all black trim and casings of the house below:
If the grout in the above brick home was high contrasting and light, the all black trim would look better.
Heres a closer view of another house with charcoal trim.
Another house with trim that is too stark of a white. The above house, although pretty, would look even better with creamy trim like HC-174 or OC-47 instead of white.
Heres one with eggplant trim (BM CC-990). These colours are my best guess as I snapped these photos on the fly without a fan deck.
This window trim has a pink undertone if you look closely. I’m showing this because it relates to the pink brick so it actually works. A gray brown like HC-86 or HC-85 would also look good.
In general, I prefer green over blue with orange brick it usually looks better and more organic. Here is a great comparison of 2 different greens. The one on the right (BM HC-125) is much bluer than the left side.
This colour BM CC-620 looks like a trim colour from the 80’s but in a city full of brick homes, it works. It’s when its the only colour on an office or apartment building like the Rogers building in downtown Toronto that it screams “I was built in 1985”.