Deciding Whether to Paint Over Brick
For many of us, there’s nothing as lovely as brick. The textures and tones of a a nice brick wall can give a room or fireplace extra character, and can be the focal point of a home’s exterior. But what if you get tired of your brick, or never liked its color in the first place? There are options, like whitewashing (below), or painting over the brick altogether. But if you want to paint your bricks you’ll have to know these tricks.
“In general, I try not to paint brick,” says Kathy Basil, Hirshfield’s Design Resource Showroom Manager. She loves matching the colors in a nice brick, with a half-dozen subtle color choices for the room color. “But if it just limits me so much on what I can do as far as a color combination, then I will paint it.” In other words, when the brick is mostly one solid color – think of a dark red-orange brick or a mustard yellow – or the homeowners just hate the color, she’ll paint the brick to match the room rather than painting the room to match the brick.