Exposed Brick Wall Ideas
While brick walls have traditionally been plastered over, the exposed brick feature wall is one trend that’s not showing any sign of fading. Exposed brick walls can lend themselves to a range of styles from modern industrial to rustic, you just have to decide what look you are going for. If you’re lucky enough to have peeled back the plaster of your home and found some beautiful brick underneath, here are some ideas to help you create an exposed brick feature wall that suits your style.
CREATE CONTRASTING TEXTURES
If you have a modern bathroom with smooth plain and patterned tiles, setting up a raw and irregular wall of bricks allows you to create a rustic contrast to give the space a more interesting look. Depending on the colours you have chosen, not only can creating contrasting textures make any space look elegant, it can also tie the design together.
CREATE CONTRASTING COLOURS
Apart from contrasting textures, it’s also a great idea to play with contrasting colours. For example, adding a rich red brick wall to an entryway adds depth to a narrow space. Also, if you’re using a cool monochromatic colour palette in a particular area of your home, this exposed brick wall inspiration will surely add warmth and cosiness to the room.
Limewash is a breathable coating that gives a brick wall a soft, porous finish. If you want to soften the look of your exposed brick wall, using limewash will certainly do the trick.
EXPERIMENT WITH SIZE AND LAYOUT
Who says you have to use uniform bricks and the same layout all the time? If you want to make a space more interesting, considering using bricks of different sizes. Then arrange them to create geometric and other interesting designs and patterns to add subtle detail and more texture to the wall.
Another way to transform masonry from something ordinary to extraordinary is to create dividing walls made of exposed bricks. For example, if your home has painted walls, you may set up brick walls that divide interior space and offer thermal mass.
Exposed brick needs to be treated carefully and applying a pre-treatment is essential if you are planning on painting your wall or if it is in an area where there is a lot of moisture. If you don’t have brick under your plaster, there are ways of creating realistic looking brick patterns!
J&W Pring Brick & Stone is experienced in all types of brickwork and can help you create a modern exposed brick feature wall. Talk to us about your ideas!