Don’t think you need to live in a trendy warehouse or loft conversion to have bare brickwork as a design feature. Most homes in the UK are built from brick, which means exposing the brick wall is almost certainly an option, particularly if your house is pre-1950s. Exposed brick interiors boast character and industrial charm, and these stunning examples will have you tearing the plaster off your own walls in no time.
The exposed brickwork in this room is raw, unrefined, confirming that this type of wall requires no decorating, no adornment, to make an impact in a space.
If you think an interior with bare brick walls would appear cold and unwelcoming, you’d be wrong. As with any space, it’s how you fill it and decorate it that makes the difference.
The warm colouring of the bricks in the example above actually helps the space feel cosier and more inviting.
An exposed brick fireplace is the perfect alternative if you’re not ready to pull the plaster off an entire wall just yet.
This brick wall extends all the way out into the garden area – the simple glass partition allowing each space to appear as a continuation of the other.
Here, the bare brick wall works surprisingly well with the soft colours and fabrics that otherwise dominate the space.
Those of you eager to keep your decor neutral should consider painting your exposed brick white. If you want to maintain that rough and ready look, though, give it just one coat of paint.
Too much dark brick in a space can feel imposing for some, so painting your exposed brickwork white is also a good idea if it extends to more than one wall of a room.
With its bare brick floor and wall, this stripped-back bathroom interior is surprisingly appealing.
The darker brick in the example above is perfectly suited to the rest of the decor in the room.
This interior is the epitome of shabby chic – a look that’s surprisingly easy to achieve in a room with exposed brick walls.
Even partially exposed brick – whether painted as above or left untouched – will add interest to a space.