Different ways to create an exposed brick wall inside your home

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love an exposed brick wall inside a house.  There’s something so cool about it.  Whether it screams rustic charm, warehouse chic or even, as my husband Ben thinks, it has an industrial edge, I just love them.  Natural coloured bricks really give a cosy feel, particularly in a living area with an open fire or log burner.  White painted bricks look amazing in bedrooms.

If you hate plain walls then they’re a brilliant idea to bring texture and interest to a room.  If you want to embrace the minimalist white wall look, but think it’s a bit too boring, then a painted white brick wall is the perfect compromise in keeping it white, but preventing the blandness.

You don’t have to hire a bricky to get your desired look and it can even be achieved by DIY.  Here are a few ideas to get the exposed brick wall effect in your home:

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Photo by Drew Coffman

Uncover the natural brick

If you know there is a natural brick wall under the plaster, which is usually the case in older homes, then your best bet is to expose the real brick wall itself if it’s in good condition.  It is possible to expose it yourself by following this guide, but if you’re not an expert in such extravagant DIY projects then I’d highly recommend calling in the experts to prevent a disaster!

Use brick slips

Also known as brick veneers, brick tiles and old brick feature wall tiles, these genius tiles give the most realistic interior brick wall as they are just like a brick on the outside edge.  They have a flat back and you can quite literally build your own brick wall, only tiling experience is necessary!

Hang printed wallpaper

Printed wallpaper has come on leaps and bounds in the last decade thanks to amazing advances in digital technology.  You can find 3D brick prints that look like the real thing unless you get close enough to be able to tell it’s really flat.  There are even textured vinyl wallpapers that give an even more realistic impression from afar.

Use a stencil

If tiling or wallpaper isn’t your thing and you feel safer with a tin of paint and brush, then grab an extra-large brick wall stencil and paint on your brick wall.  I’ve seen these for sale on Etsy and I’m sure there are plenty of other places that sell them.  If you’re super creative then you could even design your own from a large sturdy sheet of cardboard.

Get sticky

Use one very large, or several smaller, vinyl wall stickers with a 3D textured brick image or even photograph.  Vinyl wall murals can be much quicker and easier to hang when compared to wallpaper and some are even removable to leave no trace and for temporary changes.

There are so many ways to create this amazing look inside your home.  If you have a natural brick was that can be exposed then nothing beats natural, but if not you can still create a realistic look that doesn’t have to break the bank.

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