Thursday, 15 September 2011

Dare to Bare

Exposed brick or stone walls can look stylish and create character in any setting, from modern apartments to country homes.  The rich red colour instantly adds warmth to any room and compliments any colour scheme.

However, it isn't always possible to simply chip away the existing plaster to reveal what's underneath, as the majority of masonry work will not be in good enough condition to leave exposed. Then there's weatherproofing treatments to protect from moisture. All in all, it can be an expensive, and messy process.

The good news is, there are alternatives, and I'm not talking about fake looking wallpaper prints.  Many companies now specialise in stone cladding and brick veneer products, some using reclaimed products, which provide a more authentic and aged look. More importantly it doesn't cost the Earth.

A general tip is that the older the brick or stone looks the better it's going to tie into the room and look.
Try experimenting with different colours and patterns, such as Flemish bond and Herringbone.



  1. I have seen these brick veneer products and they look great.

    This was a fun post! I love your ideas-thanks.

    Best wishes,

  2. These are beautiful rooms, thanks so much for sharing about the brick veneer products! Love your blog and just joined as your newest follower!!!

  3. I have had the first photo in my inspiration file for a LONG time. The reason exposed brick in old houses isn't usually an option is that the bricks they used inside the house were the 'seconds'. Since the walls were going to be plastered, why waste the nicest bricks to build interior walls?

    Our house is solid brick, inside and outside. I tell visitors that it's built like the builders used Legos ... start with the first row, and worked their way up. The interior is lime plaster applied directly to the brick ... makes it doubly necessary to drill a hole first when driving a nail to hand a picture. The brick walls in our basement are exposed.

  4. Love these great examples of brick and stone walls. thanks for sharing the inspiraion on VIF!



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