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Using coloured mortars

Coloured mortar is much more than just the medium for bonding bricks and blocks. It can also be an architectural tool, accentuating or subduing brick colours and textures. It can make the most of clever brick patterns or bring light relief to what might otherwise be monotonous. While one colour can be chosen to harmonise with the brick, another offers a contrast.

There are a variety of other factors that affect the visual appeal of the finished face, such as brick texture, pointing type, local exposure and the prevailing lighting conditions.

For further information on pigments for mortar see MIA data sheet 17.

Coloured mortar selector

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Interactive coloured mortar selector

View a range of coloured mortar against a standard brickwork with our mortar selector.

How to use:
Click on the coloured blocks to view the sample bricks with alternative mortar.

This demonstration only shows a small number of coloured mortars available.

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MIA data sheets

No. 17 Pigments for mortar

MIA learning text

Part 4 Admixtures, Additives & Water

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