If you want brick you really need to go and visit one of the brick manufacturers display centres where they have display walls built with the various bricks.
Make sure you look at the bricks in the builders standard range first. If you are happy with a brick from this range you will save thousands of dollars compared with the ‘premium’ brick.
Looking at a couple of square metres of wall gives you a much better idea than looking at a couple of bricks in the builders office.
Seeing a larger panel may also stop you going for one of the short term trends such as brightly coloured bricks.
When you are at the brick manufacturers check what colour mortar they use in the test wall as this will probably be the best colour for your house.
More about selecting finishes including 28 pages of Check Lists in the‘Selection / Pre-Start Guide’