Contrary to what the term “clinker brick” is usually associated with, the colors of this precious material include not only various shades of red and brown. Apart from that, there is a rich palette of gray, white, black, as well as returning in fashion beige colors, which are perfect for modern interiors and not only. Do you want to get to know them better? Read the article and see what the colors of clinker brick are.
Clinker brick – First note: Color vs texture
Before giving you a detailed answer on what colors of clinker bricks are, we must make three introductory notes. Firstly, thinking of the effect of clinker brick in an interior or on a building, the color must be considered in relation to the texture – smooth, rough, perhaps even carved. The clinker’s interaction with light (with or without reflections and delicate or expressive chiaroscuro as well) can change the perception of the base color. Therefore brick, especially the one for interior use, should be selected taking into account the context in which it will be placed as well as the natural and artificial lighting conditions.
Clinker brick – Second note: The color is not always uniform
Another important point is that the color of clinker bricks from one line is strictly uniform. Whereas faces of each item shimmer with shades (e.g., similar tones of red or brown) or even colors (e.g., red blends with beige or black, yellow is crossed with brown lines, etc.). In the next ones, it varies within the batch on purpose so that the finished brick wall gains visual lightness, an expressive character or intrigues the observer. There are great design possibilities. The only thing has to be remembered: not any single brick could always be a color sample – at least a photo of a larger fragment of a ready layout pattern (e.g. on a clinker manufacturer’s website) is necessary to get a realistic idea of the final effect.
Clinker brick – Third note: Color depends on context
Finally, the context is extremely important in terms of the result of using clinker brick, from the proximity of other materials used in the arrangement to the particularly important color of the grout. The use of the latter can completely change the character of the brick layout pattern (e.g. the same red brick can gain a rustic or loft character. On the other hand, a mustard shade of the yellow brick can be emphasized or toned down).
Therefore it’s worth remembering about it and trying to “experiment” with colors before making the final call. With the use of our Configurator various options for combining bricks (and brick mixes) as well as joints can be checked.
Colors of clinker brick: The palette of yellow, orange and red colors
That being said, let’s move on to present the available clinker brick colors, starting with the warm shades of burnt clay. There is extremely fashionable mustard yellow, available in a pure shade and with a smooth face (Sahara) or dimmed, with additional brown lines of “patina” randomly located in the brick batch, which additionally has a delicate texture (Solaris).
There are also the orange colors (Ochra), the more saturated red Alfa and Starobrowarna. Among hand-formed bricks with obvious texture and irregular edges, the vibrant colors of the Lima and Lauda bricks combine orange color with pale coral red, however, there are also black bricks in the batch of the latter. In contrast, much softer, bleached red colors, the kind known from old brickworks revealed from beneath the plaster, are represented by Nevel, which is fairly uniform in layout pattern, and by Salsa and Mooi, which differ in qualities.
Within the bricks with a smooth face, your attention may attract the Classic line that consists of red-orange bricks with metallic burnt spots. It is distinguished by, just as the name suggests, its classic harmony of many shades coming together in a consistent brick layout pattern. The Gotika brick provides a similar effect with its irregular edges typical for brickworks with centuries of history. The dark red Etna stands out for its low-key red colors, and the cherry Luna for its expressive shading. The spectacular Alt Deco brick combines dark terracotta with brown. The latter color is also associated with a texture whose character may be associated with the corten so eagerly used these days.
Colors of clinker brick: The palette of brown colors
Especially in the case of clinker work, red colors are strictly connected with fantastically diverse brown colors. The clinker brick category includes wonderful rustic shades with metallic burnt spots and slags, the example of which is the Rustika brick, even more deeply textured than the Alt Deco brick, and many more. We can also easily find reddish brown colors represented by bricks such as Alt Classic or the “patinated” Antika, as well as chocolate brown colors – with a smooth face (Toba) or textured historical style (Alt Tessin).
Colors of clinker brick: The palette of white, gray, graphite and black colors
A very attractive range of gray colors is still popular – from silver shade (Syriusz cieniowany, Sotis) to graphite (Tybet cieniowany) or anthracite (Galaxy). The saturated color of the latter is emphasized by the smooth face of the brick, which at the same time gently captures the light. In the case of the Galaxy brick it’s even a delicate shimmering. The milky-white Wenus brick, as well as the stunning Carbon model – black and raw, impressing with its unusual color are also similar to that range.