Beautiful Brick: 7 Stunning Interiors Enhanced By This Material
Exposed brick has distinguished itself as a staple of industrial decor, adding a stark, almost austere quality to such homes. And why not? The material is coarse, rugged, muted in colour, and perfectly compliments urban and industrial life.
But brick, while rough in texture, can also be quite beautiful and elegant. It can be subdued, or bright and vivid. Above all, when used correctly, brick is always surprising, creative and simply gorgeous, as these 7 examples will prove.
1. Clashing Combo
Wood and brick typically clash because the former is an organic material while the latter is industrial. Here, they achieve balance on multiple levels: the wooden television mount blends gently into the surrounding brick, due mostly to the soft and restrained colour-scheme employed by both. Neither one seems to dominate the other.
This seamless fusion of colours also creates harmony between the two very different textures. Rather than colliding, the bricks seem to flow smoothly into the rich wooden framework. Perhaps the occasional light-red brick keeps our eyes moving so when we arrive at the wooden portion there's no jarring sensation.
Whatever the answer, this interior showcases the power of this material to be subtle and luxurious instead of austere and industrial.
2. Lovely & Low-Key
A modern material for a modern interior. While exposed brick can be visually blunt, here the muted white palette evokes a sense of complete calm and tranquility.
It's ironic that this abrasive texture is what gives this room its feeling of peacefulness.
Furthermore, the brick wall's simple colouring also helps the darker and more vibrant items in the room to stand out by contrast, such as the wooden cabinets and blue sofa.
3. Classic Colours
Red-brick has always epitomized the classic American urban and suburban landscape. But instead of the usual outdoor use for schools, apartments and shopping centers, this home brings that classic look inside.
What results is a bold interior, rich in reds and brimming with retro-throwbacks, including the old-school superhero posters.
Eclectic? Sure. Cool? Definitely!
4. Textured Brilliance
In an apartment with clean lines, gleaming floors and a soft white palette, what stands out the most is the wall behind the TV.
A strange mix of shapes and textures gives it the look of synthesized brick and wood, coarse in appearance yet organic and elegant. This decor choice works because, in addition to such visceral brazenness, it provides a welcome change from the overly clean and simplistic surroundings. It's easily the first thing in the apartment that your guests would notice, want to inspect closely, and even run their hands over just to feel its texture.
How many walls can claim such curiosity?
5. Light & Dark
Dark versus light. Organic versus artificial. This interior is alive with beautiful contradictions.
The simple white and gray of the brick offsets the prominence of dark browns, providing some much-needed contrast and a gentler tone in this dim atmosphere. The opposing textures also create drama between the real and the manufactured.
6. Cohesive Clash
This eclectic interior sums up modern industrial design, using a mishmash of colours, materials, accessories, furnishings and lights.
While there's nothing cohesive about the apartment, what leaps out is the coarse brick wall which suddenly bumps up against a wooden frame, but instead of conflicting they merge together into a consistent whole, due no doubt to the fact that the wood is imitating the patterns and colours of its brick counterpart.
In the end, the opposing materials find balance and give this home its single unifying factor: brick (or at least the appearance of it).
7. Utterly Unique
Have you ever seen a home so unusual, so unparalleled and so fearless in its use of materials, lighting, and furniture? Not many, we bet.
In an apartment of peculiar design choices the one that's most imaginative is this wall. Its use of large,
red-coloured stone-like brick evokes the imagery of ancient civilizations, Buddhist art and even Old-World South American architecture.
Instead of the typical and predictable brick pattern this home uses small and large bricks positioned vertically and horizontally to mimic the stone walls of an ancient temple, along with varying shades of red for a more authentic look.
In addition, its colours compliment those of the wooden table (all of them), the blinds, and the floor.
A beautiful home full of unique decor choices, all of which are drawn together by the brick wall.
Still think brick is limited to austere and drab interiors? These 7 homes argue otherwise.