Brick is a rustic construction material. That rich stereotypical red brings up all sorts of nostalgia. Contemporary brickwork is sometimes whitewashed or painted for modern aesthetics. And you can sometimes find faux-brick vinyl which won’t crumble like clay casts.
A popular trick is to use vinyl siding and brick combinations. It looks amazing and has lower maintenance needs than other siding options. Especially if the brick is made from vinyl as well. So let’s explore 30+ ways to merge brick and vinyl siding for enhanced curb appeal.
Unless it’s explicitly stated (or unless you’re within touching distance), it’s not always clear if a home is clad in vinyl, stone, wood, metal, or fiber cement. So our focus here is on color matches and how the brick works with the (vinyl) siding. But both can be replaced with vinyl.
1. Accents in Baked Clay
Accent walls are often outnumbered by the rest of the home’s finishes, but they easily outshine the rest. In this house, the vinyl siding and brick combination draws attention to the small red brick wall at the front of the house. The white grout enhances your curb appeal on this craftsman-style house without overpowering the clapboard vinyl that flanks it.
2. White or Red?
Yes, vinyl siding can be repainted, but it generally doesn’t need to be. That said, it all depends on your choice of vinyl siding and brick combinations. This image shows the mid-point in a paint job. They’re whitewashing their red brick siding, tan clapboard vinyl, and even their cedar shakes. Look through the gallery to see if you prefer the before or the after.
3. Easy Does It
Colour is a factor you might overlook in vinyl siding and brick combinations. You want a vinyl tone that works with bold brick. And since most brick is red, the vinyl paired with it will often be white – that’s the low-hanging fruit. And it works fairly well, as you can see here. But if you want to mix materials, you could pick a two-tone brick with two shades of vinyl.
4. Painted Brick and Vinyl?
This is a ‘before’ photo of Michael and Danielle’s house, so it no longer looks this way. They replaced the vinyl bay window with accent cedar planks. They also whitewashed the red brick. You can check that out here. But if – like us – the ‘before’ look is more your style, you can use a red scalloped vinyl gable to match the red brick, then use white vinyl for the bay.
5. Quirky Black
The layout of this house feels off-kilter, and that’s deliberate. The offset structures seem like they might topple so the whole space has an eccentric edge to it. But ambiance aside, the combination of red, back, and brown works well. The home has wood accents, but the main focus is black vertical vinyl side and brick combination. The red brick is grouted in white.
6. Reds and Redwoods
In this picture, the siding is clearly wood. It has a reddish tinge that works well with red brick. You could – of course – replace it with wood grain vinyl planks. Or you could try red vinyl like this melrose tone or this mountain berry one. You might also opt for vinyl colors that have red tinges and undertones like orange or pink. Faux cedar vinyl planks can work.
7. Forest Fronds
Ordinarily, vinyl siding and brick combinations offer contrast. You might have the staggered brick offset with vertical or horizontal vinyl panels. On this house, the faux cedar vinyl is staggered to mimic the brick pattern below. But while the ground floor is red brick with white grout, the upper floor is forest green. The dormer alternates ledge stones and shingles.
8. Brusque Brick Accents
The bulk of this house is clad in a greyish shade of blue. The vinyl alternated staggered brick-pattern cedar and horizontal clapboard vinyl. The brick sections of the house are clustered around the foundation and the entryway. Most of the bricks are red, but a few blue-toned and grey-toned ones echo the vinyl panels in a subtle but complementary manner.
9. Cocoa and Olives
Unless you’re a designer, colors might confuse you because they don’t always sound like their names. For instance, does anything in this vinyl siding and brick combination make you think of cocoa or olives? Yet that brick foundation is painted olive green. And those vinyl panels are designated cocoa brown. The colors work well together, as does the russet door.
10. Shake it Up
Red brick has an interesting effect because even though every third or fourth brick is yellow or blue, the overall effect is still red. So this vinyl siding and brick combination is weighted towards the russets. But the entryway and part of the gable are clad in tan-toned cedar vinyl shake. The uneven pattern marks it as cedar shake (rather than symmetrical cedar shingles).
11. Elementary My Dear
One of the first lessons you learn in design school is color theory. And if you’re artistically minded, you might fall back on elementary school knowledge – i.e. that primary colors go together. So it makes sense to match blue vinyl siding with brick combinations. Depends on the shade of blue and red though. The red brick and bluish-grey vinyl on this house are okay.
12. North-South Brick Edging
Here’s an unusual vinyl siding and brick combination. The faux-cedar shake walls are attractively uneven. And the lower half of the porch pillars are brick too, alternating regular red bricks with grey ones that match the vinyl. But the skirting is the most intriguing portion of the house. The bricks are arranged in a north-south alignment at the curb and front steps.
13. Multi-colored Magic
Neutrals don’t always have to be subtle. On this home, the gable and the dormer are clad in grey clapboard, but it’s the brick portion of the house that’s under the spotlight. The main shade is red, but there’s a mix of darker brown bricks and lighter ones that are almost yellow. The white grout brings out the kaleidoscope of brick more clearly for a brighter overall effect.
14. Floors and Vinyl
Brick flooring can withstand heavy traffic so it’s a smart selection for your front entryway. On this house, the basement brick extends upwards to the front steps, hemmed in by a picket fence. The bricks are stacked in perpendicular pairs with light-colored grouting. To maximize this vinyl siding and brick combination, the walls are clad in white beaded vinyl.
15. Both Bursting with Brick
Here’s a pro contractor tip: even if you’re replacing your vinyl siding and brick combination, keep the brick. On this home, both the ‘before’ and the ‘after’ have a brick border at floor level. It makes a solid foundation and it looks good too. The brick skirt is four or five rows, and the steps are brick too. But the walls went from off-white vinyl to grey cedar shakes.
17. Shuttered Windows
If you didn’t notice it before, you’ve probably realized brick isn’t always red. The brick basement in this house has more of an orange tint. But the homeowner still wanted red in their vinyl siding and brick combination, so they used russet-red vinyl shutters to flank the windows. The walls above this brick foundation are clad in white clapboard vinyl planks.
19. Red, Blue, and Green
But not quite in the way you’d expect. The split-level house has a brick basis – the ground floor is clad in deep red brick and light-toned grouting. And the sub-floor windows suggest the basement is liveable. The upper sections have bluish-grey horizontal siding while the front door has a tinge of sea-green that’s edging towards turquoise. The result is inviting.
20. Transitional Spaces
You might think the vinyl siding and brick combination on this house looks strange … but you may not be sure why. Here’s a hint – hidden eaves. This transitional house had a wing added in front of the main house. The lower half of the wing is red brick while the upper half is grey vinyl to match the rest of the house. The result is boxy and weird but eye-catching.
21. Contemporary Tudor
Colonial houses sometimes feel oppressively angular. They have deeply pitched roofs and tower sections that guide your eye upwards and make the house look taller and more imposing. But what makes this vinyl siding and brick combination modern? The brick seems rain-soaked but the dormer has updated vertical vinyl siding with equal boards and battens.
22. Layering Colours
We’ve talked about mixing colors in your vinyl siding and brick combinations. But what if you want to use the same hue? You can achieve a layered effect even with monochromatic vinyl. Here, the leading tone is slate grey. You can see it on the walls and garage door, but the top vinyl is cedar shake and the mid-level is clapboard. The rest of the walls are clad in brick.
23. Front Door Framing
Often, if a house has mixed siding, the entryway might be used as an accent. This vinyl siding and brick combination follows the same pattern. Most of the ground floor is clad in grey traditional lap vinyl. But the tiny wisps of wall that frame the front door are clad in red brick. The mortar between the bricks is white so it matches the door. The window trim is white too.
24. Beautiful Black Brick
The upper portion of this house could be vinyl. Or it could be engineered wood. And the bottom could be painted brick. Or it could be cedar shake. It’s hard to tell from a picture. But when it comes to vinyl siding and brick combinations, monochromatic themes can be cute. This house clearly has a black palette, with the top in plastic and the bottom in painted clay.
25. Storms and Paprika
This memorable house is a twist on vinyl siding and brick combinations. The siding alternates stormy-grey vinyl with paprika-red trim in the doors, windows, and soffits. The ground-level walls are grey horizontal vinyl and the dormer is vinyl cedar shake in that same stormy grey shade. Interestingly, the home’s brick foundation is painted stormy grey as well.
26. Side to Side
The patterns and textures on this vinyl siding and brick combination are linear. They pull your eye line sideways, alternating horizontal vinyl siding and stacked brick. The brick has no visible grouting, but it does have a multi-colored selection of reds, browns, pinks, yellows, and some orange. The bricks sit sideways except the vertical ones around the garage.
27. Little Hints of Brick
Maybe you only want a trace of clay in your vinyl siding and brick combination. Porch pillars are a sneaky way to introduce that accent. The house is clad in horizontal teal panels and the windows – including the one on the attic – are highlighted with decorative sashes and thick white trim. So where’s the brick? It wraps the lower half of those gleaming front columns.
28. Degrees of Separation
In certain communities, several family generations share a house. The grandparents might live in one wing with the parents occupying the main house and newlywed couples taking up the attic or basement. In this home, the house levels are built with different materials, echoing that separation. The top is vinyl siding while the foundation and basement are brick.
29. Seventies Sensations
The swinging sixties and disco seventies introduced interesting colors into the general population. It’s not quite the neon spandex of the eighties, but they had a lot of psychedelic hues from acid trips and flower power. This shade of green fits right in. It goes well as a vinyl siding and brick combination, and the garage wall uses the same muted shade of mint green.
30. Clean Distinctions
The exterior cladding on this house has multiple styles, and each sub-section is separate. The lowest part of the house is mixed-tone brick, though it leans more towards darker shades of brown and bright grouting. A row of stone divides the brick from the blue vinyl above it. The gables are clad in cedar shakes (wood or faux) that pick their grey hue from the garage door.
31. Burgundy Bounty
Our last vinyl siding and brick combination is cutely clad in burgundy barn siding. This vertical siding alternates with horizontal vinyl siding in that same shade of reddish-brown. Below the vinyl, a brick skirt seals the house into the ground. The window trim, door detail, front steps, and picket rails are all arctic white, and it contrasts the red walls resplendently.
What’s your favorite vinyl siding and brick combination? Show us photos in the comments!