Exposed brick beauty?

Friday, April 9, 2010

For those of you lucky enough to have homes filled with exposed stone or brick, here are some delightful ways to bring some design savvy into your space. Exposed stone can be such a great design feature if complemented with the right light, paint colours and accesories. Personally, brick interiors coupled with white paint, modern chairs and hits of colours through accessories always does the trick. Happy Friday folks.

b+h contemporary home office
Now this is an office. The exposed brick wall, with the herringbone wood floor are gorgeous. I want that ladder and all that organization too! Home office design by San francisco architect BraytonHughes Design Studios. Image via Houzz.com


Living room contemporary living room
Fantastic brick feature wall with up lighting. Muted wood floors and light paint keep the space bright and modern. Contemporary living room design by interior designer Lozinski Architecten. Image via Houzz.com

Okay this may be a little over the top, but look at the fantastic pairing of rustic stone walls with industrial (supersized range hood) and those goregous, I mean gorgeous lines on those chairs. This Croatian house can be found here.


Ok, this one is crazy fabulous too. Check out those windows and the baby grand. But the wall is well lit and looks great with the modern Barcelona chairs. Image via here.





6 comments:

Sarah La Rose said... [Reply to comment]

Each of those brick walls are so beautiful and so different from one another. I love them all!!

Donna @ dh designs said... [Reply to comment]

I love exposed brick or stone inside. It has such a rustic yet warm feeling. I've been trying to figure out how I can introduce it in my home - one day I'll figure it out :)!

Great post!

DesignTies said... [Reply to comment]

I absolutely adore exposed brick walls -- the older and more rustic looking, the better!! We don't have any brick in our house, but I want to incorporate a stone wall into our loft.

Kelly

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Good post. I gotta tell you, Brick Interior is very underrated. My wife has some awesome ideas & pics here, including what we did with our office: http://bit.ly/94eBnB

seema said... [Reply to comment]

Are there any maintenance problems with having exposed rustic brick walls ? - or problems with electric wiring or heating that one should be aware of ?
We have seen a house that has all (almost) interior walls that are exposed bricks - we love it but want to make sure that we won't end up having trouble maintaining 'em.

thanks

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

@seema

It's brick, therefore extremely low maintenance (less maintenance than most anything else you could have on a wall). I own several homes in a NE city that I have exposed the brick in; they are all 100% maintenance free. FYI - I DO NOT coat the bricks with anything (some put a coat of polyurethane on; I dislike the look, and find it serves no purpose).
As far as wiring - if you want to run a switch or fixture onto the middle of an exposed brick wall, you're most likely looking at electrical conduit attached to the exterior of the brick (some like the look/ some don't - very industrial/commercial appearnace). Outlets are handled by installing them in the baseboard. Local codes may or may not allow this...
Most importantly - light the brick wall VERY well (have separate directional lighting for the brick). This will make all the difference in the world.

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