With the large amount of properties built from brick in the past it only makes sense that 2016 is the time that brick has suddenly become cool again. We’ve all seen fireplaces and walls made from brick that looks worn, old and unloved. And, I’m sure we have all seen brick walls that have been painted recently, giving the area an industrial chic feeling. Cafes and restaurants do a really good job at this, using the brick in their store to their advantage. In saying this, there is nothing stopping you from giving your old fireplace a makeover and bringing it to life!
How do you make brick interiors look good though?
Giving the area an even colour tone is of utmost importance. Unlike brick, where there are usually bits of white, black, orange, grey and brown, painting brick a solid colour is a great way to make a statement and give the area a blank canvas.
Using neutral colour tones is a great way to ensure your painting brick is going to look great. Greys, black and whites are going to make sure your brick wall looks new, clean and modern. Unlike when painting plaster, brick walls encapsulate the industrial chic feeling when they are painted with only a few coats. This means that the natural colour of the brick will come through, but not too much. Usually this is done with white paint, however, it also looks awesome with grey! Neutral tones painting on brick means that you can go to crazy with your furniture and accessories. Florals, patterns, bright bold colours, alone with neutral colours, plants and metal all look amazing when paired with neutrally painted brick.
On the other side of the scale, brick can also look amazing when painted a bright colour. When painting brick a bright colour, it’s best to do as many coats of paint as possible! Having the solid colour without any aspects of the original brick colour coming through allows the texture of the brick to add another element of interest to the space. Again, when styling bright painted brick, you can add lots of colour to your furniture and accessories, or you can use neutral tones, it’s totally up to you! Ensuring that all the colours work well together is of utmost importance as these spaces really make a statement!