6 Ways to Incorporate Exposed Brick into Your Home
Painted, stained, or left natural, exposed brick walls are making a comeback in household design.
Exposed brick is great for adding texture, authenticity, warmth, and dimension to your home, in addition to increasing your property value. Brick might not be the first material you think of for interior design, so here are a few of our favorite ways to use brick to make your home stand out.
You don’t have to have a downtown loft or live in a historic building to achieve this trendy look.
1) Kitchen Backsplash with Open Shelving
Rustic vibes are making a comeback, and brick backsplashes are helping lead the charge. Combined with open shelving, brick backsplashes are gaining popularity for their bold look while opening up the visual space in your kitchen.
If you have a kitchen that feels small, this will be particularly beneficial to you. Open shelving makes any room that uses it feel significantly more open because it allows light in and doesn’t involve cabinets which can make the room feel smaller.
2) Brick Flooring
This is one where we would be shocked if you were already considering this, but take a look at some of these pictures. Brick flooring makes a phenomenal, unique statement when incorporated into different parts of your home.
This one is a much less common way to incorporate brick into your home than some of the others, but brick flooring is particularly great in the basement or the entryway.
“Why there?” you ask. Because brick only looks better when it’s a bit dirty so if people are tracking mud and dirt over it in those spaces, it’ll only add to the character of the flooring. If you’re not sure about the feel of brick, you may be surprised how smooth it can be! Try a classic herringbone design for a timeless look.
3) Room Divider in a Studio
Using a brick wall as a room divider is an interesting concept because it’s a feature that becomes part of two different rooms.
In a full-sized apartment or house, it’s great in common or social areas like to separate the kitchen from the dining room or the hallway from the living room. But if you live in a studio apartment and want some way to separate your private space from the common areas, it works great for that purpose as well.
Depending on your space, you can choose from a variety of brick colors and textures, or even paint it!
Probably one of the most obvious uses for brick in your house is integrating a fireplace into the living room design. It’s a classic look that gives your room the coziest feel. But have you considered how different styles of brick can accent your unique style?
Before planning on using common brick, we recommend visiting a showroom and seeing the incredible variety of styles available to choose from!
5) Brick Accent Walls
Brick wall in the home can add warmth and texture but it’s best to limit yourself to just one exposed brick wall because too many quickly becomes overwhelming.
Brick looks great painted but whenever possible, it’s best to leave them untreated. If you do plan on painting your brick wall, be sure to pick a color that you really like. The process of sandblasting brick back to its original state is particularly messy.
6) Brick Archways
A brick archway is a more unexpected way to incorporate brick. It works particularly well in a hallway because as a transitional space, the hallway doesn’t necessarily have to match the rest of the interior.
Bonus: Outdoor Brick Fountain or Pond
To spice it up with a little bit of outdoor fun, think about adding a brick fountain or mini-pond to your backyard. For just the cost of materials, they’re not difficult to build yourself. Plus, you’ll come away with a beautiful new addition to your yard!
Visit our stores in Norfolk or Williamsburg for bricks in numerous classes, types, materials, and sizes. With tons of inspiration and styles to choose from, you are bound to find exactly what you need for your next home project.