Wall of different coloured bricks

How do I choose the right brick and mortar colour?

Brick colour plays a huge factor in the finished look and feel of a project. One of the many advantages facing bricks can offer as a building material is that they are available in a wide selection of colours.  

Brick Colours

With such a vast range of bricks to choose from, finding the perfect brick for a project can be a daunting task.  As colour is one of the first considerations when selecting a brick, Wienerberger places bricks into colour categories to help customers narrow down their selection.

The Wienerberger facing brick range is broken down into the following colour categories:

  • Red and Red Multi
  • Orange and Orange Multi
  • Buff and Buff Multi
  • Yellow and Yellow Multi
  • Cream and Cream Multi
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Black
  • Grey
  • White Glazed

The fired colour of clay bricks is influenced by the chemical and mineral content of the raw materials, the firing temperature and the atmosphere in the kiln. Created by applying glaze to high specification facing bricks, bespoke glazed bricks are available in any colour from Wienerberger’s glazed brick range.

Colour variation

Clay bricks are a natural product therefore colours may differ slightly from one production run to another. The mixing of bricks from packs will provide a good balance of colour, particularly with ‘multi’ coloured products, and help to prevent ‘colour banding’ within elevations of finished brickwork.  Unless advised otherwise, mix from a minimum of 3 packs.

Using differing colours and textures of bricks can result in some striking facades, be mindful though that different brick types have different dimensional tolerances and if blending imported bricks with UK bricks there may even be differing sizes to take into consideration. By working with us closely, we can help you with the selection of your bricks and the creation of your design.


Currently there is a growing trend for projects to incorporate a mix of different products to create their own signature blend for a building.  This gives customers the chance to create a project that is entirely unique in appearance and character. We’re able to offer this service, with access to the largest range of bricks available in the UK, meaning that customers can mix and match from a huge selection of colours and textures for complete individuality.


Mortar colour

Mortar accounts for 15 - 17% of the visible brickwork of a wall, depending on the bond pattern, so another key consideration for determining the overall appearance of a building is mortar colour.

The same brick can have a totally different appearance depending on what mortar colour it is paired with. It is important to check that your mortar will suit the surrounding built environment, particularly when repointing existing brickwork.

We would recommend trialling different mortar colours as part of the selection process, in order to ensure the end product has the exact look and feel that you’re looking for.

Brick matching

Glazed Bricks

Glazed bricks continue to see a growing rise in popularity in recent years, especially in the specification market. Wienerberger's glazed brick range offers a core range of standard colours, with a bespoke service where custom colours, shapes and sizes can be ordered. We can even provide our special shaped brick range with a fully customised glazed face to match standard sized bricks for a seamless effect on the facade.

The possibilities are endless, offering architects and designers a true artist’s palette with a choice of colors and hues. Looking to create a statement facade with a glazed brick finish? Our Crystal range of high specification facing bricks features a spectrum of 12 opaque shades, including brights and neutrals. Available in 9 captivating shades, the Pearl collection of glazed bricks features a slightly translucent and high shine glaze for a soft and radiant effect.The Pearl collection offers a palette of colours from bold and vibrant to subtle and understated. View the full collection here.

These glazed bricks not only deliver a striking visual impact but also boast a resilient ceramic finish, ensuring easy maintenance and durability in diverse weather conditions. Wienerberger's glazed bricks seamlessly blend beauty and practicality, preserving your structure's vibrancy and original design throughout its lifetime.

Available in:

215mm x 102.5mm x 65mm, with bespoke sizes, shapes and glazed surfaces  are available to order.

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