Pointing Mortar Colour
Choosing the correct pointing mortar colour for your project.
Choosing the correct pointing mortar colour for your project is extremely important. Why invest good money on a fantastic cladding product to let it and you down by not putting any true thought into the finished look.
Cast brick and stone slips are a fantastic product, their realism and effectiveness can only be fully achieved if installed and pointed correctly. Despite having a massive impact on the look and appeal of a feature wall, the choice of your pointing mortar colour is something that requires more than a passing thought.
A yellow brick slip project finished with a yellow pointing mortar will look like a great big block of yellow. Yellow brick slips used with a white or buff pointing mortar will look like a hand paid brick wall.
What we’re trying to say is the compatibility between brick or stone slip and its pointing mortar is the most important consideration when selecting your pointing mortar colour.
Some Interior Designers will say that their prerogative is that colours that go above and beyond the standard natural or buff options can be beneficial to a project. In some circumstances this is correct. However, that being said it has always been our suggestion that if you are wanting to create the look of a hand laid brick wall, then make it look like a hand laid brick wall. Even with the best tradesman using the best pointing tools a red mortar will look odd and out of place when used to point a yellow brick slip wall.
MAKE IT LOOK REAL
Believability is the key to a successful project. Spending money on a great brick or stone slip product to have your eyes drawn to the pointing joints, rather than the product, is what most installers will tell you to avoid.
Whilst a natural or buff pointing mortar colour will blend in with the most common brick choices. Saying that, matching the pointing mortar exactly to the brick or stone type can also create a sleek, uniform effect. This works particularly well with modern and contemporary housing designs which continue to grow in popularity.
Unfortunately, our opinion means very little to the creative individuals who see the world through a much more artistic and creative lens. We understand the reasons for using contrasting and bold colours within the pointing mortar joint and have accepted that there are exceptions to the rule.
Alternative pointing mortar colour products can be seen much more often in commercial markets where architects have a greater creative freedom that allows them to consider the type of pointing mortar colour being used.
As with interior trends, greys and dark tones are starting to become a more common occurrence in the mortar world. They are successful at turning simple brickwork into a statement by reinforcing the shadow effect of a joint, especially when used alongside a lighter brick tone.
Rewind back to the more daring colours mentioned previously such as shades of red and yellow. From an designers artistic point of view I can imagine that they ask for a greater degree of creative freedom and I am sure this is essential for creating a building that will truly stand out and grab the attention of its audience.
Be brave or be traditional the choice is yours.