So Gilly ripped out our steps and we found some bricks that matched the house brick fairly nicely. Unfortunately we didn't talk to Gilly about what color mortar he was going to use and he chose red. It wasn't working for us. Gilly, being the good guy he is found a fix. He did an additional acid wash to the bricks so they don't look so pink and he got a brown paint to paint the mortar. We have to let the mortar has to cure for 28 days before we can paint it, but once we do that, we'll be happy campers.