General Shale Brick offers hundreds of colors, styles, textures and sizes of brick. You can choose from traditional reds to pastel pinks, earth tones, misty grays, browns and deep burgundies. Our surface textures run the gamut from smooth to heavily textured units that create an Early American hand-made look. Build beauty, value, strength and distinctive appeal into your next project with our brick.
Brick Color Groups
[Posted on August 24, 2011]
Reconsider the Possibilities of Brick!
Brick is an amazingly versatile masonry material! If you walk through any city or town, a quick look around should be sufficient to see its many colors and uses. In the small township of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, for example, on one corner alone, bricks are everywhere. Red ones make up the traditional looking grocery store; gray, painted ones give color to a cozy cottage; tan ones front a modern office building; white and cream ones make up the façade of an attorney’s office; and light red ones accent all the townships’ sidewalks and flower beds. They are also a part of a fountain and bandstand near the library. It is really quite incredible how many different ways this material can be used!
In your own home and yard, you can also capitalize on bricks’ diversity. A trip to the local building supply store will show you the dozens of types that they sell. As you look over the many colors, think about what specific projects you need the materials for. Then, think about ways the colors can complement each other.
There are many simple ways you can make bricks work together to create a tidy, attractive looking yard. For example, if you are building a retaining wall to bolster a sloped yard, try using red brick. Then, you can add in an accent feature like a flower bed at the base of the wall. Edge this bed in white or earth toned bricks, plant flowers or shrubs, and you will instantly have an eye-catching, useful landscaping feature. You can carry this same complementary color scheme into other parts of the yard as well. Following this same red and earth toned bricks plan, you can arrange these masonry materials into a patio designed like a mosaic. To do this, clear and dig out (about 4-5 inches deep) the area where you want to place the bricks. Smooth and level this area and then place the bricks as closely together as possible. You will not need grout here, but to help keep weeds out, you may want t place small landscaping stones between the brick. With two or more complementary colors of brick you can create circles, squares, and other designs. In the middle of this patio, you can also enclose an area with bricks. Use this for a fire pit, a flower bed, or even a small water feature. These are just two example projects, but the possibilities are endless!
Before you being any projects of your own, take a look around at the city or town where you live—chances are you will be surprised by how many bricks you see and you will also be inspired to try some of the designs in your own yard!
[Posted on April 7, 2011]
Craft Something Unique with Bricks!
Bricks can be used for hundreds of building projects. They make durable and lovely houses, retaining walls, hardscapes, flower beds, schools, government buildings, patios, sidewalks, and chimneys. Where they are often underestimated as materials, however, are in smaller applications and as places to add color to a room or exterior.
Indoor Crafts and Brick Projects
Bricks are versatile masonry materials and they can be used indoors in dozens of unique craft and project applications. They are cheap, easy to access, and perfect for your next project!
What can you make out of these masonry materials? Really about anything you can imagine! Bricks can make paperweights and doorstops. You can paint flowers or landscape scenes on them for use in kitchens, offices, and living rooms. For a kid’s room, you can make whimsical animals. Attach googly eyes (which can be found at any craft store), cut out some felt ears, and paint a face or some spots, stripes, or scales and you can make brick cheetahs, elephants, turtles, puppies, zebras, or fishes! You can have a brick menagerie if you’d like!
Bricks can also make affordable Mother’s Day gifts. Paint a brick white and then write a message on the stone for any occasion. These painted stones can be placed in flower beds, in the garden, or around the house. Bricks can also make surprisingly good play things for toddlers (especially children with sensory issues). Certainly, a toddler cannot play with them alone; but, with supervision, using real bricks can present the opportunity for heavy work in the form of building, pulling, or filling toy trucks or wagons.
Painting Brick to Update a Room or Exterior
While bricks are great for craft projects, they are also useful for design applications! They can serve as a platform for adding color to any room or exterior. While painted brick has been frowned upon for many years, it is starting to come back into fashion. Rather than just painting a fireplace white to match surrounding walls, however, homeowners and designers are starting to use exposed brick as a place to accent a room. Walls, fireplaces, bars, islands, and other exposed brick features can be painted one or more colors to contrast or complement the interior of a room. In a room with tan walls, brown furniture, and green accents, for example, a fireplace could be painted a deep green to complement the rest of the décor.
This same aesthetic can be taken outdoors. Brick exteriors can be painted one or more colors to complement landscaping, shutters, garage doors, or even just based on owner preference. Many a traditional looking home has received a modern facelift through a few cans of paint!
Brick is versatile and it can be fun to paint, decorate, and make into many things. Take a look around your home and garden-- you may be surprised by how many places could be made a bit more cozy, whimsical, or colorful with some creativity and some brick!
The pictures on this website are intended to represent general color ranges and surface textures of our products. Precise color match to actual product cannot be assured due to variations in monitors/viewing screens, room lighting, and other factors beyond the control of General Shale.