Paint color for a red brick and wood ranch house

mid-century-brick-ranch-houseI‘VE ALWAYS ADMIRED THIS HOUSE three blocks or so from mine. The salmon-beige paint with the red brick looks terrific, I think. On Monday, I grabbed my camera, took a walk over, and knocked on the door in true retro recon style — to find out the brand and name of the paint. They were home and happy to respond to this unexpected request from a stranger. Of course, I live in a small town so we identified a mutual friend within seconds.


The house has wonderful curb appeal — notice the stone retaining wall that brings the front yard onto the level on the sloping lot. In front of the retaining wall, the owners tend to variegated hosta and each year plant impatiens. I was able to see a little of the inside. Some of the features included knotty pine paneling in the living room … wagon wheel lighting in the kitchen … plaid carpet in the mudroom … and it was reported there is a pink bathroom with green trim. The house actually qualifies as one that may be near perfect in our continuing search. There are three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a mudroom that connects the garage to the dining room/kitchen area…all in a small footprint – one likely smaller that this ranch we spotted a while ago. Remember, we want all of these features in as small a footprint as possible. This house may be it! I would LOVE to get the plans….


The body paint is Wal-Mart, Copper Haze.


The door and shutters are Sweet Potato.


A lovely, well-tended 1955 house in a lovely neighborhood. Thanks to the owners for sharing this treasure, and for clearly putting so much love and care into it.


  1. Janice says:

    Does anyone have a great color scheme for a full blonde brick house? I love my 1950’s blonde brick, but I need to paint the trim and garage doors and the only color I can see in my head is dark brown. Anyone else have a suggestion?

  2. rspoonbill says:

    My father, who is a 50’s kind of guy, always says to match the trim color to the mortar, not the bricks. It never fails. I think thats why your peachy salmon works so well.

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