The White House: My Favorite Exterior Paint Combinations

white house suzanne kasler

{Suzanne Kasler’s Home in Atlanta | Photography via Architectural Digest}

There are few things that I love more than a white brick house. White houses are classic, elegant, and truly timeless. I would love for our next house to fall into this category, but in the meantime, I have been lucky to work on pretty, white houses for clients. I currently have the sweetest client with whom I have worked for the last year. My whole team has loved working with her and her darling family. It has also been one of the projects of which I am most proud because it is truly beautiful. We have transformed their home into a beautiful environment that speaks exactly to who they are as a family. I can’t wait to share it with you! The one thing my client does not love about her house is the color of the brick on the exterior. The house was built in a regency style back in the 1930s and while the facade is stunning, the brick color is a bit too orange for my client’s taste. We have decided to paint the brick white and the front door will be black lacquer.

We toyed with the idea of slurried brick, a beautiful old world technique that showcases the texture of the brick. It gives homes a lot of character. Slurry or mortar wash isn’t actually a paint application, but a thin layer of colored mortar or cement that can be troweled/smeared over the top of brick masonry to give a home a more European look. While we loved the idea of slurried brick, the contractor with whom we met said that it would be a very difficult process on an existing house and that the outcome can’t really be guaranteed. The slurried, or mortar washed brick would also be about 50% more expensive than paint. I love the look of it and know that it would work fabulously on a new construction house, but we decided it wasn’t worth the stress to try to achieve this look on my client’s house when we know that paint will yield a beautiful look. Below, I have rounded up some of the images illustrating some of my favorite paint combinations for white brick houses.

things that inspire

{Holly from Things That Inspire featured this beautiful home a few years ago and I still love it | Brick: Benjamin Moore Ballet White –OC 9 | Shutters: Benjamin Moore 977 Brandon Beige}

Gwyneth Paltrow House

{Gwyneth Paltrow’s Ultra-Chic, Windsor Smith-Designed Home in Brentwood |Brick: Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172 | Trim: Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17}

White House

{I saw this pretty house on a Dallas real estate listing a couple of years ago and it pops up on my Pinterest feed all the time. | Brick: Benjamin Moore Ballet White | Shutters: Sherwin Williams Attitude Gray}


{A Chicago House with a Bit More Contrast via Things That Inspire | Brick: Benjamin Moore Navajo White | Trim: Custom}


{The exterior of this home featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles is painted in Benjamin Moore China White which is said to be “clean and warm without being creamy”.}


{This lovely home was designed by Allard Ward Architects and was featured by Luciane on Home Bunch.  | Brick: Wash Basin by Ralph Lauren}

I am currently thinking we will go with Benjamin Moore White Dove on my client’s brick and either the same color on the trim or maybe a soft greige such as Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter for a bit of contrast. I’ll let you know what we decide!

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  1. Love white houses…new beach house renovation in CT is solid white stain on cedar shakes, Dallas house has a creamy beige slurry on brick!

  2. What a timely post! We recently purchased a home that was done in an ivory buff slurry wash over old Chicago brick. It is beautiful! However, over time, the slurry has eroded, and the finish has a pink tone to it from the brick below. We are meeting with the contractor next week to look at our options, but will likely need to re-mortar wash the whole house. I’m curious what color mortar you were planning to use had you gone that route?

    We painted the red-orange brick on our current house in BM French Canvas – after obsessing about it for far too long! 🙂 We were coordinating with dune-colored window trim that we didn’t want to change, and it proved to be the perfect bridge color – enough contrast, reads very light, but not too stark. It looks especially great with Northern light and in the shade.

    While I’m here, I want to say thank you so much for your consistent posts! They provide so much inspiration, and I’m truly grateful that you continue to share with us!

    1. Hi Sara, I am in the process of applying a slurry wash over my brick. But I’m a little concerned after hearing that the slurry on your home has started to erode. Do you know how long it has been since the slurry was applied and do you think I should just paint my home instead.

      1. Tiffany,
        The slurry was about 15 years old. We ended up knocking off most of the loose slurry and then painting the brick BM China White. We LOVE the way it turned out! The remaining slurry underneath the paint adds dimension and texture to the painted brick. We painted the brick on a previous home as well and were equally thrilled with the results. It did not have a slurry and was just a straight up red/orange brick. We did not have any issues or problems and should have done it years earlier! It can be scary to paint brick, but in my experience if you use a qualified painter and the right paint, you’ll be thrilled you did. Hope this helps!

  3. I am getting ready to paint my brick, I absolutely love the ballet white with the khaki beige shutters! Curious as to what sheen of paint to use on the brick and shutters? Exterior satin? Exterior flat? Hi gloss on shutters?

    1. I am also getting ready. Thought I had decided but going to keep at it before making a final decision. Found this paint that is for brick it is elastomeric. But haven’t found much on internet about people using it on there brick houses. What did you go with? Would love to hear!