Young House Love
Color Collection For Romabio Paints
Introducing 15 New Colors Chosen by Young House Love
We invited Sherry and John to curate the Young House Love Color Collection for Masonry Paint to help homeowners confidently choose a beautiful, timeless, and instantly classic color for your exterior masonry.
Inspired by 100+ year old painted brick homes in their historic hometown of Richmond, Virginia, Sherry and John considered hundreds of colors but kept revising until they landed on 15 colors for the Young House Love Color Collection for Masonry Paint.
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Why Sherry & John Chose Romabio Paints
Sherry and John of Young House Love, loved their 1980’s traditional brick home and it felt stately from the curb, but they wanted to update their maroon-ish craggy brick, and uneven beige mortar. They knew paint would unify it all and make it feel more like a painted historic brick home they admired downtown, but they wanted the finish to be durable and low maintenance – just like a brick exterior is known to be.
They did a ton of research (like always) and found Romabio Paints through their followers’ recommendations (thanks y’all!) and when they saw it in action, they loved the product and the result.
As Sherry said,
“The main thing is that it’s a MINERAL paint that’s made specifically for brick, stone, stucco, etc – and not a traditional LATEX paint. Latex paints seal brick, which can trap moisture and cause damage, but this mineral paint lets the brick breath like it needs to. It’s essentially more like a stain (hooray for durability and better performance!) but it has an opaque painted looking finish, which is the look we wanted.”
The flat, natural finish of Masonry Paint isn’t glossy or shiny – so it contributes to a historic looking high-end result. At first, they were worried that painting their house might make it look newer and less classic, but the beautiful finish and the soft white color make it feel so much more historic. Available now on Amazon.
Here's The 15 Color Collection
Masonry Paint: Beyond Beautiful Color
- The high pH makes it alkaline, so it’s naturally mold-resistant.
- It CAN be pressure-washed using a low pressure – just like you would on any other painted surface.
- It has a 20-year warranty, meaning you shouldn’t have to repaint for at least a couple of decades.
- The reason it has such a long warranty (and is guaranteed to never chip or peel) is that it’s just as breathable as a brick. A pro painter said, “it’s literally like painting brick with brick.”
- All Romabio Paints products are sold concentrated and are completely non-toxic (by contrast, traditional acrylic paints have water already in them, but to increase their shelf life, they have to add more chemicals to stabilize them).
- And it has a flat finish, which is so luxe and historic looking. It looks like it has always been that color, as opposed to looking shiny and freshly painted like a new house might.
|Absorbent, Unpainted Brick & Stone||No Primer Needed|
|Nonabsorbent or Glossy Brick/Hardie Board/Cementitious Board/Nichiha/GAF||BioGrip Micro|
|Concrete/CMU Block/Portland or Gypsum Stucco, Pre-painted brick or stone||BioGrip Micro|
|Not Recommended for Wood, Trim, Vinyl or Aluminum Siding|
Young House Love’s Color Selection Tips
When it came to pinning down the perfect color for our house, there wasn’t a curated color collection, so we held up tons of white paint swatches, and then ordered four test pots of different white tones from Romabio Paints to clue in on the best one. But the good news is that we did all the legwork for you with our collection! So each and every tone on this list has been vetted against countless others to create a diverse collection of most-likely-to-succeed options for you, which makes it way easier!
And here are a few additional tips to help you pick a tone you’ll love for the long haul:
Look At The Tones In Your Roof
If it has gray undertones, a paint with gray undertones typically fits well with that roof. Conversely if your roof has brown undertones, some of the warmer more tan-based tones in the collection might fit that roof a bit better
Your Window Trim Matters Too
So note what colors might make your facade choice look better (and what colors might clash). In our case, our house’s trim was extra white and our roof was gray – so a soft white brick tone worked because the windows still felt slightly brighter and more defined, but still worked with the brick facade – and the gray roof complements it all beautifully.
The Best Way To Discover What Will Look Best Are Test Swatches
Even after you think about your trim and roof color – it definitely helps to order a test bucket (or three!) and paint them right onto your house (next to your window trim, or near your roofline) to see how those colors will all play together. When we got to this step during our own color-hunt, it was easy to see which one was our favorite as soon as the swatches were up on our house, so we could move forward with confidence!
Add Fun With A Colorful Door
When it comes to finding the right door (or even shutter color, if you plan to add those), a great tip is to paint a test pot of any color contenders on a piece of posterboard and hold it up. It’s way bigger than a paint swatch, so you can see it a lot better – but it won’t actually discolor your door or shutters before you’re ready. So it’s a nice way to find the tone you love most – and try a few on at a time.
Our Favorite House/Door Combos Are
- Richmond White on the house with a light blue door
- Instant Chateau on the house with a bright red door
- Classic Navy on the house with a soft yellow door
- Forever Evergreen on the house with a crisp white door
- Silver Lining on the house with a rich emerald door
- Made Me Blush on the house with a bold mint door
- So Succulent on the house with a rich mocha door
- Super Shady on the house with a crisp white door
- River City on the house with a light teal door
About Young House Love
Sherry and John chronicle their home improvement adventures on their 11-year-old DIY blog Young House Love – which has spawned two New York Times best-selling books, as well as product lines sold by Target, Home Depot, and Wayfair! They have a podcast (descriptively named Young House Love Has A Podcast) and are currently renovating two homes on the Chesapeake Bay. They live in Richmond, Virginia, with their two young children and a feisty chihuahua named Burger.