Active use of brickwork as a basis (or rather its absence) for finishing has become mainstream in the time of alteration of old industrial buildings into residential spaces. Factories and workshops, warehouses and entire plants designers tried to reconstruct in such a way as to preserve the unique industrial aesthetics. Open plan layout was remained, communication lines and ventilation systems weren’t not closed by screens for these purposes. One of the ways to preserve the spirit of old in new and modern residential apartments is the use of brick walls, cleaned of dirt and with applied antiseptic and water repellents. Brick masonry was combined with modern appliances, designer furniture and contemporary works of art as a decoration so effectively that it has appeared artificially reproduced even in rooms where the walls are made of concrete slabs. We are sure, you’ll enjoy the wall brickwork design ideas for modern living spaces interior gathered all together and explored in this article.
The use of brick walls as a design element has come a long way, transforming, expanding the scope of application; and is made possible in any room of residential apartments – from the living room to the bathroom. It’s amazing but the architectural feature, which previously was a mean to simply save money on the finish for homeowners, became a sign of luxury. The skillful combination of coarse roughness of aged brickwork with exclusive furnishings, original finish of the remaining surfaces and unusual decor can create a completely unique design of living spaces.
If you wish to bring not only touch of the industrialism into your interior but make the premises situation a little bit daring, contemporary and even bohemian, our extensive selection of design projects is at your service. We hope that the original design decisions, unusual combinations and the latest trends in decorating homes will inspire you and help you to create your own plan for the renovation of old housing or creating a new interior.
Living room with hints of loft style – bricklaying as an accent
Your living room not necessarily should be located in the former warehouse or factory workshop, to be decorated with a brick wall. Elements of loft style are widely used in conventional model homes with low ceilings and standard window openings. In order to “support” the use of a brick wall as an accent surface of the living room you can apply other design solutions that are typical for loft-style. For example, you can avoid plasterboard sheathing of wire harness and expose the dark cables. Also you can put heating ducts or air conditioning system on the perimeter of the room.
Brick wall is perfect background for placing of video zone. Whether it’s weathered brick, restored old surface or masonry imitation using special wall plates – TV and its accompanying accessories will look great against such background.
If brick on your textured wall is dark enough, so when you select a color palette of upholstered and cabinet furniture, it is better to give preference to lighter shades. Against the background of dark brick, not only bright furnishings, but also wall decor with a predominance of white tones will look contrast, dynamic, original.
To create a contrast with the dark interior of the living room furniture and appliances, the ideal option of accent wall design will turn the brickwork painted white. Even assuming that all the other walls will be painted in the same tone, brick surface will stand out thanks to its structure and will be an excellent backdrop for television stuff.
If your living room is a spacious premise with high ceilings and large windows, the use of brick for creating of emphasis in the decoration will look more than organically. In combination with wood-beamed ceilings, with small columns made of brick or wood, this design will give a slight touch of “medieval castle” mood to the living, but with modern furnishings and appliances.
If your living room has a fireplace, the arranging of space around it as pristine bricklaying is beautiful design course. The big picture or a beautiful photo hung above the fireplace would look great on a background of a brick wall. If you find that there are much industrial motives in the living room too, you can “soften” the situation with a colorful textile pattern for window decorations and unusual designs on decorative cushions, vases of flowers or a fluffy carpet.
Brick wall in the bedroom. Original and spectacular
One of the most common uses of a brick wall in the sleeping room is the designing of space behind the headboard. This design of the walls will not disturb a calm and relaxing atmosphere created for effective preparation for sleep. But such an original approach for creation of an accent surface will transform interior, bring the notes of modern luxury into it. If the rest of the walls of your sleeping area are painted in bright colors, you can handle a little brickwork with whitewash or sporadically cover the connecting seams with light paint, creating as if time wiped surface.
You can use a painted wall as an accent bedroom surface, while the rest of the planes are made of finishing-free brick. Against the background of such a finish antiques would look organically – corpulent wooden bed with carved old trunk which can be used as an ottoman and storage system, a wicker rocking chair or a vintage coffee table with curved legs and monograms.
Dilute the usual pastel palette of the sleeping rooms with effective accent: use dark brick as a spot color and texture feature. Even small areas of the room can afford such a local use of dark spots. Against this background the colorful headboard will look particularly impressive.
If you consider the use of dark brick in the interior of the bedroom as too bold step, try to paint the initial surface in the light tone. Thus, you will create conducive to sleep and relaxation atmosphere, bringing textured finish accent in the bedroom at the same time.
Reddish-ocher bricks are perfectly combined with the natural wood pattern. In combination with a wooden ceiling decoration (maybe even with rough beams and ceilings) or floors, brickwork in the interior of a bedroom will look original, stylish and modern.
Another way to use masonry in the sleeping room is the surface protected from the effect of various paints. Given the incredible popularity of various shades of gray in modern design projects, such painting will be neutral but fashionable touch for your interior.
The bedroom, decorated in the loft style can’t do without brickwork. As a rule, this kind of decoration, but rather the use of the walls texture itself is the basis for design of the spaces that were once industrial premises (or effectively disguised ones). High ceilings, exposed beams, large windows, brick walls, a minimum of furniture are among the perfect set for a sleeping space, decorated in the loft style.
The use of brick in the interior spaces is not only practical and inexpensive way to finish the original, but also the ability to create different designs. Niches and arched recesses, columns and tabs – such structures not only diversify the appearance of the interior of the bedroom, but also appear as functional design elements.
If you plan to install the fireplace in your bedroom, it is difficult to come up with a more organic design of the space around it except for the brickwork. The presence of the hearth in the sleeping room itself makes reference to the ancient times when the ability to start a fire in the room was not luxurious décor, and a simple need to warm up before going to bed. The use of masonry in this case reinforces the effect of the presence of a fireplace in a modern bedroom.
If artificially aged brick or cracked of time surface is not your vision of bedroom design, you can use one of the options that simulate brickwork. There are represented a considerable range of materials that create textured surface “as the brickwork” in the desired color palette – from the wallpaper to the wall plate in modern building material shops.
The use of a brick wall as accent the surface can be not only justified, but also become a major highlight of the interior even in the children’s bedroom. Here is an example for a kid’s room with a brick wall, which niche has been achieved handy shelves to store books.
Kitchen and dining area with walls inlaid with bricks
The kitchen spaces of typical apartments built in the last century have no many walls, which were laid of bricks. You can safely use brick as a refractory material capable of transferring large temperature swings in the design of the backsplash. To keep the surface from moisture, the brickwork should be treated with special antiseptic sprays. If you wish to create the protection from fat, you have to resort to painting.
There are much more opportunities for the use of a brick wall as the structure and interior elements in the kitchen spaces of private homes and large apartments. For example, with the help of conditional industrial motif, you can zone dining segment in the kitchen area. Open cupboards cabinet or showcase will look great on a background of a brick in its natural form.
It is not easy to find people who have the opportunity to allocate a separate room under the dining room in their apartment. Within of standard flats it is simply impossible, and in private homes the dining room is often combined with a kitchen. But if you have a large family or often held house parties with meals and there is a possibility to allocate a separate room for dining – you should come prepared to its design. Brick wall in the dining room will be the element of surprise, which can raise the degree of uniqueness of the room and bring completely stunning design aesthetics in space.
A perfect continuation of the brick wall decoration will be facing a backsplash with ceramic “metro” tiles. The harmonious combination will bring a sense of balance in the interior of the kitchen space.
Different shades of gray on a brick wall in the dining room, presented at the next photo, are perfectly combined with upholstered chairs, glass top dining table, wall and floor finishes.
White kitchen units’ facades look luxurious, expressive and contrasting at the background of the brick wall. You’ll probably agree that without such a finish (or rather is absence) totally white kitchen would look boring, too sterile.
Cabinet with industrial overtones. The luxury of simple solutions
If you like bold solutions in interior decoration, if some eclectic design inclination is only a plus to the atmosphere in your opinion, you can safely use masonry to design the home office. This can be only one wall left in its original brick appearance or all surfaces of the room, gently highlighted with paint.
Brickwork in the bathroom. Industrial motifs in elegant surroundings
Many homeowners believe that the use of brick in the area of bathrooms and toilets is an impractical design way. Of course, the garland as for the issue of facing surfaces in the bathroom belongs to ceramic tile, but brick wall is able to compete with it, if the cover material is treated with antiseptic solutions. Well, brick is no stranger to constant temperature changes – such a test it passes easily.
Just one small area lined with brick can dramatically change the interior of a bathroom. The color of brick is perfectly combined with woody shades of the facade of a large dresser with lots of drawers.
Bright red brick wall has become a major focus in the white interior of a bathroom. Against such a colorful execution even simple furnishings have impressive look – pendant lights, mirrors framed in white. With such a colorful design of one of the walls this snow-white utilitarian premise should not become a sterile operating room. A little “heat” on a background of snow-white idyll are warming up the cool sterile interior.
Design ideas for modern living spaces interior. Examples
Surface paved with conventional bricks can become almost universal background for various wall decors. It’s amazing, but on the background of brick and a collection of black and white photos from your archive, and the picture painted in the last century, and the work of modern art, and even an ancient tapestry, inherited from grandmother looks equally great. Skillfully balancing with motives of industrialism and luxury of the wall decor, you can create completely unique images for rooms of different functional destination – from the bedroom to the dining room.
Built-in rack with open shelves for storage of utensils with the facade built of brick, of course, has decorated the dining room becoming its focal point. The elegance and rudeness, natural material and artificial light – an unusual combination led to the creation of a completely non-trivial approach to the organization of storage space for meals. Complemented by luxurious, large chandelier made of black glass, the interior looks chic, despite the simplicity of execution of a dining group.
Vintage tapestry passing from generation to generation in your family as a relic, original panels or mat woven with own hands will look luxurious on the brick wall background. Such a wall decoration in a slightly industrial atmosphere of the room created by the brickwork, opened to our eye by engineering systems, columns and ceiling beams brings incredible warmth and comfort.