One thing that was touched on at the Design Within Reach event last week was the idea of bringing the outside in via more earthy design elements like using brick and stone. I absolutely love that idea! I’ve been a huge fan of brick and stone walls for a long time, and not just on the outside of a house.
On my list of desires for a future home is a room with an exposed brick or stone wall. I like the aesthetics of one rustic looking wall as a backdrop in an otherwise “clean”, white-painted room. Much like painting just one wall a bold colour, having one wall made of a different material really draws you into a room and can be used as a way to guide people’s eyes to a key focal point. Typically, this would be behind the bed or behind a TV – something that sits up against the wall and is short enough that it doesn’t cover the brick or stone completely.
There are a lot of ways to incorporate this look in a house from the subtle to the very obvious:
1 – Organic-looking stone accent wall: Almost romantic in its imperfections, the colour and cuts of the stones frame the room nicely. Source.
2 – Pure exposed brick wall: This wall looks like it’s just part of the room. Not engineered or perfected, but rather like it’s been there since the house was built. Source.
3 – Textured brick wall: This wall has got some interesting levels. The bricks are coloured just enough, to bring together the room’s palette nicely. Source.
4 – White paint over bricks: This is a subtle way of getting a brick wall in a room. It’s painted the same colour as the walls so there is just a bit of a hint of dimension. Source.
5 – Rustic and large: This brick wall takes up the entire room. And it’s a large room. But it works because the colour is slightly faded (showing off how “rustic” it is), and there are a few pops of colour in the room that draw your eye across. Source.
6 – Go bold: There are at least 6 different shades of red/brown in this patterned wall, which means you can’t help but draw your gaze to it. It’s a neutral colour that works well with the decor (and would work well with any colour accents in the room). Source.
If you don’t have a brick wall that you can or is already exposed, brick veneer is a great option. It’s lightweight and doesn’t require any changes to your existing indoor structure (also easier to remove if you need to when you’re selling or if you’re renting).