Painted Brick: Great idea or Big No No

There are lots of older homes in my area of Nashville that have been renovated in the last several years to have a more up-to-date, fresh look. There is just something so special about living in an older home, they have so much character and history, but with that also comes some not-so-pretty elements as well. One no-brainer way of re-vamping your home's exterior if by giving it a new paint job. Its amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do for an out-of-date house.

Anyway, I personally love it when a brick house gets painted. However, I know a lot of people are split on the topic. I have talked to several people in my line of work who think that if you paint brick you are completely ruining the integrity of the brick. Their comments sound a little like, "what is the point of having a brick house if you are going to cover up that beautiful brick with paint?" And while I totally understand where they are coming from, I alsoย think the texture of the brick looks amazing under a fresh coat of paint. Especially if we are talking about a brick house whose color has turned to more of an orange-red brick look over time. Once that orange color starts to show.... head down to your closest Benjamin Moore store STAT!

Painted Brick Homes | Sarah Barksdale Design

Really, though, I know the concept of painting brick can seem really out of left field.... but I bet you have seen some painted-brick houses yourself and you just haven't taken notice. (this was the case for Matt. He hated the idea until I started point painted-brick homes out to him)

Painted Brick Homes | Sarah Barksdale Design

Painted Brick Homes | Sarah Barksdale Design

Painted Brick Homes | Sarah Barksdale Design

Painted Brick Homes | Sarah Barksdale Design

So what do you think? Would you ever paint your brick house? I would love to hear what your opinion is!

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