Saturday, 11 February 2012

Expose it: The beauty of brick

A recent home tour I did for the interior design platform Houzz has inspired this week’s blog post. The first thing I saw when I entered the house was one partially exposed brick wall, and it knocked my socks off. Paired with modern, clean lines, an exposed brick wall can make a dramatic statement and lend an industrial look to any space.

Holly Marder

This year, we are going to start looking at houses to potentially buy and renovate. I have a few things on my wish list in terms of the style of the house: it has to be an old place with great bones and huge potential, high ceilings, original features, be completely decrepit on the inside, and have at least one wall that is already or can be exposed. Am I being to precise? Well, precise or not, with this in mind, here is some inspiration gathered from far and wide to give you an idea of my kind of heaven :)

Design Sponge

When I think of exposed brick, images of loft apartments spring to mind, with industrial detailing such as exposed pipes, heavy duty nuts and bolts and cast iron staircases. The top and below few images fit that image.

Let me be inspired

Let me be inspired

Apartment Therapy via A Nomadic Abode

I love the inclusion of an exposed brick wall in the entry way, as shown below, and a gallery of photographs, prints or posters completes the look.

Design Sponge

The exposed brick wall below compliments the Scandinavian-retro vibe that the various items of furniture bring in. The wall however has to share the limelight with that amazing oversized door, but I love how both original features work in this space.

House & Home

Mid-century furnishings look great against exposed brick walls and huge sash windows.

Built in shelving helps to break up this exposed brick wall, while it still offers texture to the space. I just love a rustic wooden floor beneath an exposed brick wall!
Hallie Burton

Exposed brick in the kitchen lends a typically industrial look.

Juno Harpoon
A sheer window covering and loads of books soften up this beautiful exposed and very weathered brick wall. What a great spot to soak up a bit of literature!

There are some places in the home that exposed brick doesn’t work too well, such as a toilet or bathroom as it can appear quite cold.

Which room of the house do you think an exposed brick wall looks best?



  1. great post! exposed brick is a fav of mine.
    Getting inspired for a post!
    x kat

  2. I like photo 5 though would love to see some exposed brick in a master bedroom