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Interior Brick | Raw & Authentic

1.08.2013



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. 


If you are building new or renovating and want to create that cool 'warehouse' look, you could get hold of some reclaimed bricks from a salvage yard or demolition company.



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. 

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12 comments:

  1. Oh I love brick in the home. We had a brick wall in our old house, unfortunately we dont in our new. My fave images are the top two. Love them!!! Amy x

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  2. I love exposed rustic bricks, especially when it's contrasted with sleek modern, or luxurious and pretty. x

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  3. I love bricks in interiors.. So nice

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    1. Thanks Julia. So glad you liked the post! x

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  4. Thanks for this post, this is something we're considering for our house renovation, so have loved to see some pics for inspiration!

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    1. Sounds exciting! So glad I could help x

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  5. I'm a total fan of brick walls in interiors! So sad I don't have any in my home... but I know that I can't have everything I like also in my home, the list of interior elements I love is already too long :)

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    1. I know that feeling! We have some exposed brick in our current home but none at all in the new build! x

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  6. I love the image of the giant white brick fireplace. So cool! We have a brick fireplace at home, it adds such great texture to our living room. Yels x

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    1. We do too! That white fireplace is amazing - one of my favourites x

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  7. Love exposed bricks also, you've found some great examples. When we knocked down a wall in our sydney apartment (art deco era) we kept a part of it in the old irregular exposed brick, it really set the room off.

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    1. Thanks Mel. I'd love to see your apartment in Sydney - sounds like you did an exciting reno x

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