Bricked In – A Brutalist take on Interior Design
Bricks are an amazing material, not only in terms of construction, but also in terms of an interior block. Admittedly, its inherent theme of a vital ‘building block’ becomes kind of obsolete when you use it for purely decorative purposes, but there is a certain rustic charm that the rough texture of this material can bring out in the right interior setting. Now bricks are available in different textures – it depends on where you order it from. And you cannot afford to apply an actual layer of bricking, then you can achieve the same outlook through proper cladding materials. Interiors and bricks have a rather industrial effect, as it is a core construction material, so the entire style ends up being rather brutalist – which is to say that it creates an ensemble that depicts the very bare bones of a setting in a rather straightforward and austere way.
One of the main reasons that bricks stand out in interior schemes is because of the careful application of the mortar bonds. Now this may not be actually applied in a clad form but it has become such an inherent part of brick laying that just stacking one brick over the other seems like a rather overkill and simplification of a timeless concept. This interior may not have the inherent rough texture of a construction brick but its neatly folded edges are still very much appreciated because of the Flemish bond.
Since texture is a very important part of any brick module it is only fair that it lend its credibility and character to an artfully highlighted interior. A good way to do that would be by down lighting so that the strategic spot lighting can create a dramatic effect as well as highlight the variation of colors and texture in any authentic or suitable cladding.
Toning it down
If you want a bare brick interior but do not want it to lean into the ‘drab’ category, then make sure that the kind of brick or cladding you use is light in tone. Then to mask it farther, create an impressive foreground through popping colors and spot lighting by choosing the best fixtures and accompanying color scheme.
Using the original texture of the brick is not the only way you can inherit its class and integrity into an interior design. If you want an interior highlighted by cool colors then you can always integrate a brick texture into the mix by painting the cladding white. It creates an industrial vibe and adds a bit of chic sophistication into the mix. You can embellish it father by choosing the right furniture and lighting fixtures. Overall it can achieve an aura of grand and contemporary at the same time.