Can you mix brick and stone on your exterior? It’s possible, but I have seen so many bad exteriors with multiple combinations of brick and stone over the years. This kind of combination requires a bit of legwork. Because, if you don’t consider the relationship to your exterior finishes, this combination makes coordinating the colour on your house a mess. So, here are my colour expert steps to follow.
There is a very expensive neighbourhood in the Lower Mainland filled with custom homes built using a combination of brick and stone.
When I drive around, I have yet to see a good example of a combination that works. Or, an example where the colours were clearly chosen to coordinate with both the brick and the stone.
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I’m not exaggerating when I say that most of these homes are so ugly, I start feeling bad for the homeowner. Also, it makes me wonder if I’m the only one who notices that the combination is not good. Surely there was a designer involved with some of them?
I have consulted with many homeowners who are not happy with the plans their Architect has drawn up. And many times, together, we have either eliminated the specified stone or brick, or moved it around on the home so that it looks more balanced.
When we have eliminated it entirely, it’s because it makes no sense. It’s almost like it’s the Architects version of accent tile inside the home. They add it because they think it makes the home more interesting, even if it’s not necessary and certainly not timeless.
7 Steps to Choosing Brick and Stone for your Exterior
However, if you are committed to choosing brick and stone for your exterior, here is my best advice:
1. Don’t try to find a combination that matches.
I would ONLY choose a matching combination if you found a house that you liked and could source the EXACT stone and brick on that house.
Going through image after image, I mostly find countless examples of homes where the final result looks like the they tried to match the stone and brick, but failed. Choosing brick and stone for your exterior can be troubling. This home (above) succeeded in a matched combination, but again, unless you could source exactly what was installed on this house, I would not try this at home, by yourself.
Plus when you think about it, if the stone and brick match this closely, why add stone at all? Better to just build the entire house with brick so you don’t run the risk of clashing with a close, but not close enough, look.
2. Choose a combination with contrast.
But, keep one of the choices pale grey, white or cream, like this house below.
3. Match the brick to the colour found in the stone.
4. Choose the correct type of stone that coordinates with the style of your home.
5. Keep your colour combination classic and simple.
6. If your brick clashes with the stone, paint it.
7. Choose your roof to coordinate.
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