A statement piece in its own right, bare brick provides character and visual interest to interior spaces. Warm and textural, aged and weathered bricks in particular have a lovely patina and I get really excited when I see original brickwork retained in the restoration of historical buildings. There are a few inspiring homes that instantly spring to mind, having featured them here on the blog. There was this factory conversion in Amsterdam, this restored heritage building in Vancouver and my absolute favourite, this railway house transformation in the Netherlands.
I do believe less is more when it comes to exposed brick walls. These small areas of brick combined with white look amazing.
The best bricks are slightly uneven in shape and colour. If they're too uniform, too orange or in poor condition, a great solution is to paint them. I especially love brick painted white. Accentuating the irregularities and shadows cast by the bricks it gives a fresh new look to interiors, while still retaining the rawness, texture and sense of history.
Although bare brick walls are traditionally found in living, dining and sleeping spaces, these images show how well they work in all rooms, including the kitchen and bathroom. Some of these walls are an artwork in themselves.
Beautiful alongside high ceilings, beams and wood floors, it's the raw, authentic feel of brick that is so appealing.