Nothing says ‘cool’ quite like an exposed brick wall - instantly conjuring images of New York-style loft apartments or chicly revamped old factory buildings – and it’s easier than you think to make the trend work in your own home, too.
Whether your abode is rustic, traditional, minimal or contemporary, an exposed brick wall can create a visual and textural contrast in an otherwise pared back room, or can add a touch of history or heritage in a period property. We’re big fans of the industrial vibe it can lend to a modern kitchen or living space, or the warm and welcoming look it can create when painted a chic white or grey in a bathroom or hall. If you want to work some fancy brickwork into your own home, take tips from our panel of interiors experts.
Is it doable to create a brick wall if you don’t have one already?
"It is doable to either expose the original brick or use a brick slip to create a new effect – essentially a real brick cut in half which is applied to the wall and then pointed."
Is it expensive to do?
"Brick slips vary in price from as low as £20 per metre, but they also vary in quality. The expense comes in the work as doing the pointing to a quality finish is labour intensive work that needs to be done by hand. It's definitely an investment, but well worth the cost."
What kind of space does it work best in?
"It works particularly well in kitchens, especially when combined with lots of glass fixtures for an inside/outside aesthetic. If you have an existing garden wall or a conservatory you can accessorise with indoor herbs, planting and natural materials to make it feel like there is a natural transgressions between the kitchen and the garden." – Sarah Ellison, Trunk Creative
"It looks good in open-plan rooms, around fireplaces or in an area with plenty of light. And, of course, it works especially well in industrial-style settings." – Katrina Phillips, Katrina Phillips Interiors
Are there certain materials or paint effects that work well?
"I would use a matt sealant to ensure that the bricks don't constantly create dust. A painted finish is also a good option that can allow the imperfections to come through and give a more rustic aesthetic." – Sarah Ellison
"I like to use classic London Bricks. Try painting them off-white or pale plaster for a nice unpretentious look that reminds me of old dairies." – Katrina Phillips