Brick walls are a fantastic feature for any home. From shabby chic cottages to downtown lofts, brick walls add a sense of whimsy and charm. Whether you paint them or leave them in their natural state, exposed brick always adds a wow factor. Here are a few ideas to make your unique brick walls pop in any space.
1 Let It Be Natural
Whether you stumble upon brick during a renovation or you bought a house with it already exposed, you know what a natural gem it can be. Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing. Leaving your exposed brick in its original state can make a beautiful, raw statement.
2 Industrial Brick
The contrast of metal, steel, and brick can soften up an otherwise open industrial space. An ample industrial area can sometimes feel sterile and cold. With a touch of brick, you can add a natural feeling of warmth.
3 All-White Brick
If your brick walls need a little tender love and care, whitewashing them may be the way to go. Painting the brick white can camouflage some of the damage while making a statement. The flaws will add character, and you’ll have a clean, fresh wall to accent any decor.
4 Boho Brick
There’s something warm and cozy about an exposed brick wall. When you pair it with the candlelight, colorful fabrics and variety of textures found in Boho design you have a match made in heaven. Brick against warm colors and the right lighting will add a touch of romance to any room.
5 Mix It With Wood Elements
When you pair an exposed brick wall with natural wood elements, you get a room full of character and charm. The mix of the two materials will compliment each other nicely.
6 Brick For Baby
Although nurseries are typically soft and gentle, an exposed brick wall can add a touch of glamour. You can use fabrics or white paint to soften it up. You can also use it as a backdrop for art in your nursery or as a place to anchor a glider or dresser.
7 Pair It With Shiplap
White shiplap against an exposed brick wall is everything. You can use this combination in several different design styles. From shabby chic bedrooms to farmhouse kitchens, the pairing of these two materials is going to be a show-stopping focal point.
8 Cozy Up With An Exposed Brick Fireplace
If you have a beautiful, charming, exposed brick fireplace, leave it as it is. The character will show through in the flawed bricks, and it will add a sense of coziness to your living or family room. Make it the focal point by positioning your seating around it.
9 Brick As A Bookcase Backdrop
If your brick wall is in an alcove or recessed part of your wall, you may want to keep the brick exposed as a book nook. The recessed wall will fit shelves perfectly, and the brick will add a sense of drama to an otherwise unitized area.
10 Expose Brick In Small Spaces
If you don’t have a ton of square footage, that doesn’t mean you still can’t have some drama in your home. Small rooms with an exposed brick wall will make even the tiniest places feel glamorous. If you want to make your space feel even more significant, whitewash areas of the room to keep it light and bright.
11 Exposed Brick Outdoors
An exposed brick retaining wall, patio or garage wall can be the perfect place to add some whimsy to your backyard. String lights up along the brick to set the mood after dark and add some hanging planters to finish off the look.
12 Brick As A Headboard
If you have a dramatic brick wall behind your bed, there’s no need to go out and buy a headboard. A brick wall backdrop is all your bed needs to look complete. Keep your bedding plush for a calming and serene environment to rest your head.
13 Add Pops Of Color To Brick
Just because you have brick walls doesn’t mean you can’t have any color anywhere. For a kids room or playroom, for example, adding some fresh, colorful stencils to the wall can create a fun and playful look.
14 Embrace Exposed Brick Columns
In loft-style apartments, there are usually some columns that just can’t be moved. Instead of trying to get rid of them or hide them, use the exposed brick, if you have it, to make the columns more of a design element than an eyesore.
15 Faux Brick
If you aren’t one of the lucky ones to unearth a beautiful exposed brick wall in your home, you’re still in luck. Several faux brick products look just as good as the real thing. From peel and stick tile to wallpaper, there are a lot of options to chose from.