4 ways to show off an exposed brick wall

Brick walls have an organic character that is not found in simple drywall. In addition, they can adapt to modern, traditional, eclectic or contemporary spaces.

While interior brick walls convey a sense of history, it doesn’t mean they can’t be sleek and contemporary. According to Architectural Digest magazine, there are collectible bricks, if they are old and have a stamp with which you can determine where and when it was produced. Like any other collector’s item, branded bricks are more or less common and especially valuable.

When looking for ways to clad interior brick walls, consider applying a variety of techniques and effects, choosing complementary colors and materials, or revealing and preserving their character, which can all serve to make them stand out features in a room. Here are some ideas to transform the interior bricks.

1. Create a contrast of texture

A rough, uneven brick wall can create a rustic contrast in a modern bathroom that features a variety of smooth, smooth, and patterned tiles. The black, white and gray color palette achieves a stylish look.

2. Create a color contrast

A red brick wall in an entryway adds depth to a narrow space and warmth when contrasted with furniture with a cool monochromatic color palette.

3. Paint it

Painting a brick wall helps change the look and feel of a room.

A solid wall painted black adds depth and luxury to a living space. When combined with light-toned upholstery and light-wood furniture, the effect is not only quite eye-catching, but also elevates the atmosphere in the room, especially if there is not much light.


The bright updated kitchen has chef quality appliances and center island. (The Steele Group Sotheby’s International Realty)

A few coats of white paint are a popular choice for those who want to preserve the texture of their brick wall but give it a cleaner, more modern look. An advantage of this look, in addition to its ability to light up a space, is the way it can help a space feel less cluttered.

Consider that a completely white look is effective for a bedroom or kitchen brick.

4. Highlight your story

This contemporary home was once a bootmaker’s shop (built in 1962) and the evidence still exists today. The remains of a painted sign appear on one of the original brick walls next to the staircase.

Care for exposed brick walls

According to Yanic Simard, designer at Toronto Interior Design Group, a boutique-style residential interior design firm, these are the main things you need to do to keep a brick wall shiny.

The beautiful exposed brick wall, in many cases you need nothing more than to show it off. However, to keep it in good condition it is necessary to seal and protect the surface, to reduce the risk of disintegration over time.

A light glossy finish enhances the appearance, which is perfect for a narrow hallway or entryway. Otherwise, a matte sealer won’t change the look of the brick, but it will help keep mites and dust away.

If the wall needs a little cleaning before sealing, a mixture of vinegar and water is sufficient. Just spray the solution on the problem spots and rub with a towel and a bristle brush only where necessary.

In damp areas like bathrooms, it’s especially important to make sure the brick is well sealed to prevent mold and other problems.