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Exposed Brick Wall Ideas

Exposed brick walls are a trend we don’t see going away anytime soon, and for good reason – it fits just about any style, from industrial and bohemian to vintage and modern/contemporary. It adds charm, character, comfort, and texture to any room, office, or house. However, there is a certain amount of maintenance that comes with having exposed brick, and you may want to update it as you make changes to your interior design. So, here, we give a few of our suggestions when it comes to exposed brick wall ideas.

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How to Dress Up an Interior Brick Wall

As we said, exposed interior brick walls have always been in style.

From older homes to remodeled homes, a brick wall is a focal point that draws your attention. They’re beautiful on their own but sometimes they need a little decoration to really complement your home’s décor. We’ve got five simple ways you can dress up an interior brick wall to truly make it a striking feature.

Use Open Back Shelving

Shelving with an open back not only makes your space look more open, but it can also give the illusion that the room is wider.

Instead of using a bookcase that will cover up a large portion of your brick wall, use open back shelving so that the wall can still be seen behind it. The shelving unit will enhance the diversity of colors in the wall and you won’t miss an opportunity to add additional storage space. Open back shelving is ideal for displaying your favorite accessories including pictures, objets d’art, small plants, and more.

Hang Your Art

A simple solution to updating a plain exposed brick wall is to make it a gallery.

Hang your favorite art or framed pictures using linear lines or hang them sporadically for a more contemporary and casual look. When hanging only one larger piece, a simple rule of thumb is to place the center of the art object at 60″ to 63″ above the floor. Instead of drilling into your masonry to install a nail or a picture hanger, consider using a detachable brick clip. You can find brick hangers at many home improvement stores or online.

Create a Layered Look

Tap into your creativity and lean large accents, including oversized mirrors and framed art, against your interior brick wall.

Leaning a large floor mirror up against your wall will make the space look and feel larger. It’s an easy and informal alternative to hanging items on a wall. Layer larger pieces with smaller ones in the front to give depth and dimension. The visual interest will transform a simple wall into a masterpiece.

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Go Green

Accentuate the beauty of your brick by adding natural elements including plants and artificial greenery.

Not only do houseplants add color and enhance the overall décor of your room, but they can also increase creativity, reduce stress, boost moods and help eliminate air pollutants. Many plants absorb harmful gases through their leaves and roots, creating a healthier indoor environment. You can also make your room look taller by hanging plants that draw the eye up to the ceiling. Ivies, pothos plants, and strings of pearls accentuate the vertical space of a brick wall.

Don’t Paint It, Stain it

If you no longer like the appearance of your brick wall, or simply want a change, consider having it stained. 

BrickImaging’s exclusive Stayntech® brick stains provide a consistent finish that is permanent, looks entirely natural, and is maintenance-free. Available in 12 exclusive colors and four application options, our stains are formulated specifically for brick, block, stone, and mortar, and are guaranteed to never bubble, chip, or peel, like paint.

exposed brick wall room ideas

BrickImaging has been among the top brick coloring and staining companies in the nation since its founding in 1976. Our proprietary brick stains are absorbed by and integrated with the face of the masonry. With brick stain, the original surface textures and color variations remain—unlike paint.

To learn more about our brick staining process, do not hesitate to contact us to discuss the details of your latest home improvement project.

Hopefully, these exposed brick wall ideas have helped inspire you and remember – brick staining is the better way to go if you’re looking to update the look and feel of your exposed brick walls. If you’re looking to renovate your home or office, brick staining might be one of the best long-term exposed brick wall ideas.



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