12 Exterior Brick Trends in 2023 – Design Ideas for a Modern Home
The front of your house is your home’s proverbial first impression. It makes a statement about your household. We know that the style of a house says a lot about when it was built and perhaps gives some indication about the interior.
However, the exterior also has its fashion trends. Our round-up includes a broad range of possibilities to get you thinking.
Top 12 Exterior Brick Trends
1. Lighten It Up
Whitewashing outdated brick colors is a thing. It can take an old-fashioned-looking home and give it a much-needed facelift. The transformation is dramatic with this makeover. It brightens the entire appearance of the house while making it look bigger. The contrasting trim makes it pop. Best of all, it’s a job that you can do yourself with stunning results.
2. Think Outside of the Box
People often think of muted tones for brick. However, the one rule is that there aren’t any rules. That’s what you get with this fun trend. You don’t have to stick with traditional colors. You can do your own thing. It’s the be-all-end-all solution for thinking outside the box, like this blue brick shows. You can make the color stand out even more if you use it on accents in the brickwork.
3. Don’t Limit It to the House
This design stands out for us because the brick keeps flowing to become part of the fence. It serves that purpose well while providing an excellent backdrop—and another eye-catching feature—with the gate. Its black edging and knob make it even more interesting. We also liked the contrast with the brick.
4. Paint It
An upgrade isn’t the chore you may think of it as being. It’s simply a matter of painting—your brick. We loved the aged look that this beige color brings to the table. It updates the exterior while giving it character. It’s similar to a technique that you can use on the interior walls to create an aged effect. Priceless!
5. Contrast It
People often think just of the color of the bricks when considering a makeover without giving the mortar a thought. This project highlights the possibilities of using it as part of the design. The mortar becomes a part of the update as much as the bricks themselves. This method creates harmony and balance in the overall design.
6. Embrace Dimensional Cuts
People often think that brick means the same size pieces. However, it’s more fun and interesting to use ones of different shapes and break away from thinking linearly. It adds interest to the design with something that may strike some as unexpected.
7. It’s All in the Pattern
The color isn’t the only part of the story. The pattern also has a lot to say. It’s a trick we’ve seen in interior walls that works just as well on the exterior. The row of smaller-sized bricks pops against the ones with regular-sized pieces. You can also kick it up a notch by painting them a different color or adding shading for a 3D effect.
8. Use Contrasting Pieces to Create a Feature
It’s brilliant to think of your exterior brick color as a canvas. That gives you opportunities to create interest with contrasting pieces. This one has several small touches that make it unique, starting with the row of vertical bricks at the top. Having them stand out from the background is a brilliant idea. You don’t have to keep the bricks all in neat lines.
9. Mix Up the Textures
There are no rules that say you must stick with just one material on your exterior. Combining different ones is an excellent way to make your house stand out from the rest. It’s one of the basic principles of design. There’s a lot going on with this one, with the wood versus the brick and the outlined door entrance, which makes it compelling.
10. Make It Curvy
The flowing lines make this exterior so attractive. There’s a lot going on with the brick that brings the design together, from the sills to the individual patterns. The wood trim and dark gray roof add to the appeal. We also liked the narrow vertical windows that make it so unique and give it a medieval look that is sure to turn heads.
11. Say It with Numbers
You may not think of house numbers as being anything special. However, it’s all in the choice of the font, as this entrance shows. It looks fitting with the style of the brick because it completes the look in an attractive way. It just goes to show that little things can make a big impact. Besides, it’s an excellent way to ensure that your food order isn’t misdelivered.
12. Make a Grand Entrance
We saved the best one for last. It may not be something for everyone, but you can’t deny how beautiful this brick entrance is on this home. It works because it’s elegant without being ostentatious. The sconces and plants are welcome touches that bring down the formality a notch while still appearing inviting.
Brick has a universal appeal because it says strength and stability. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with it and mix things up with new colors and patterns. There are so many ways to spruce up your home’s exterior, from the simple touches to the major updates. Perhaps the best takeaway is to look for unity in its design for the best curb appeal.
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- 1 Top 12 Exterior Brick Trends
- 1.1 1. Lighten It Up
- 1.2 2. Think Outside of the Box
- 1.3 3. Don’t Limit It to the House
- 1.4 4. Paint It
- 1.5 5. Contrast It
- 1.6 6. Embrace Dimensional Cuts
- 1.7 7. It’s All in the Pattern
- 1.8 8. Use Contrasting Pieces to Create a Feature
- 1.9 9. Mix Up the Textures
- 1.10 10. Make It Curvy
- 1.11 11. Say It with Numbers
- 1.12 12. Make a Grand Entrance
- 2 Final Thoughts