Transforming Your Home's Exterior and Interior Bricks with Lime Wash: The Ultimate Guide

Transforming Your Home's Exterior and Interior Bricks with Lime Wash: The Ultimate Guide

Bricks have long been a classic choice for home exteriors, known for their durability and timeless charm. But what if you could give your brick exterior a fresh, rustic look that retains its character while adding a touch of elegance? That's where lime wash comes into play. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the wonders of lime wash on both brick exteriors and interior brick surfaces like fireplaces, and introduce you to Sydney Harbour Paint Company's extensive range of 365 stunning lime wash colors.

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Exterior House Limewash on brick 
Limewash over Red Brick White Lime Wash

Why Lime Wash on Bricks?

Lime wash has been used for centuries to enhance the natural beauty of masonry surfaces, and it's making a stunning comeback in modern home design. Here's why you should consider lime wash for both your brick exterior and interior:

  1. Breathable Finish: Lime wash allows your brick walls to breathe, preventing moisture buildup and ensuring your surfaces stay in top condition.

  2. Customization: With Sydney Harbour Paint Company's 365 colors to choose from, you have the freedom to select the perfect shade that complements your home's aesthetic.

  3. Aged Elegance: Lime wash gives bricks a timeless, weathered appearance that adds a touch of rustic charm to any architectural style.

  4. Eco-Friendly: Lime wash is an eco-friendly choice, made from natural materials and non-toxic pigments.

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Stone and Rock Fireplace with dark mortar grout lines
Limewashing Brick or Rock Fireplaces

Your home's interior is just as important as the exterior, and brick fireplaces can be beautifully transformed with lime wash:

  • Warmth and Character: Limewashing your brick fireplace can add warmth and character to your living space. The subtle texture and aged appearance of lime wash create a cozy, inviting atmosphere.

  • Color Options: Whether you want to maintain a neutral, earthy look or make a bold statement, you can choose from Sydney Harbour Paint Company's extensive range of lime wash colors to complement your interior decor.

  • Application: The process for limewashing a brick fireplace is similar to exterior applications. Clean the surface, apply the lime wash in layers, and let it dry. The result is a charming, slightly weathered finish.

The Lime Wash Process

Lime washing your brick exterior and interior surfaces is a transformative DIY project. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to limewash:

  1. Preparation: Clean the brick surface thoroughly, removing dirt, dust, and loose mortar. Allow it to dry completely.

  2. Priming:  If your brick has never been painted or sealed you should not use primer. Apply a primer only if your bricks have been previously painted or coated with a clear sealer. 
    Raw, unsealed unpainted brick is breathable.  Our natural lime wash will keep your brick breathable and prolong its life. 

  3. Application: Using a 5" brush or a sponge, apply the lime wash mixture in a downward motion, working in small sections. You can dilute the paint to achieve your desired level of coverage and transparency.

  4. Weathering: Allow the lime wash to dry, typically taking a few hours, but it continues to cure over several days, gradually revealing its final appearance.

  5. Sealing: Depending on your preference, you can seal the lime wash for added protection, or leave it unsealed to allow a natural patina to develop over time.

Choosing the Perfect Limewash Color

Sydney Harbour Paint Company offers an array of 365 lime wash colors to suit your unique style and the aesthetic of your home. From soft neutrals to vibrant hues, you'll find the perfect color to enhance your brick exterior and interior. Some popular options include:

  • Water Lily: A soft, soothing gray for a beachy, relaxed vibe.
  • Citrine: A warm, golden tone that exudes Mediterranean charm.
  • Blue Pewter: A classic shade that brings a touch of sophistication to any home.


Lime wash on bricks is a versatile and eco-friendly way to transform your home's exterior and interior. With Sydney Harbour Paint Company's extensive range of colors and a DIY approach, you can create a timeless, elegant, and uniquely personalized look for both your home's facade and its interior spaces. Whether you're considering a complete renovation or a subtle enhancement, lime washing your bricks is an excellent choice.

Ready to start your transformation? Explore Sydney Harbour Paint Company's lime wash options today and bring a touch of timeless elegance to both your home's exterior and interior.

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