Where to place a brick slip feature wall? This is a question I feel we have covered before although maybe somewhat in brief, although it seems that it is one that is forever being asked.
The depth and detail in answering this question would take up pages and pages of valuable blog space and would probably bore the vast majority of our readers into buying some terrible imitation brick slip system or even worse “I am talking brick slips wallpaper” OUCH.
Needless to say whether you are about to move into a new home or just bored of a particular room or area of your home, a brick slip feature wall is a great alternative to a complete makeover and to top it all off they can be easily removed or even painted over.
Choosing the correct brick slip feature wall
The most important thing to consider when cladding any wall with brick slips is choosing the right wall, an easy way of choosing the right wall is identifying where your eye is naturally drawn to when entering the room. Windows and doors are obvious areas that would usually be difficult to turn into a feature wall due to the various angles and reveals. Great news is that with the use of brick slips corners, brick slip headers and brick slip stretcher reveals we have every angle and scenario covered, and by cladding these areas you can achieve focus and meaning to areas that usually get neglected.
Natural light, ambient light and natural placing makes choosing the right wall a must. Try to think of the building as a whole and where the main supporting walls should naturally be, the internal face of an exterior out facing wall is an instant first choice, as the brain instantly believes that it is seeing an exposed supporting brick wall. On the same thought obvious choices are internal chimney breast walls and the use of fireplace bricks, that being said brick slips fireplaces are a totally different blog post see brick slip fireplaces article.
Samples are key
We find the majority of our customers order samples of our brick slips via our website prior to ordering because the colour/ texture is probably the biggest decision you are going to need to make before you order, a great and simple question to ask yourself is simply what do you wish to achieve and what do you require the end result to radiate about you.
Again colour! colour! colour!, is your home made from a London stock brick or is it more of a yellow brick a red brick. In our experience most people would like to match the exterior brickwork or at least have a close match to the brickwork that is in keeping with the dwellings in the area which they reside, but is this the way to go?
I am constantly reassuring customers that it is ok to choose a different colour and select a brick slip that is different, as it really isn’t uncommon to see a red brick inside a yellow brick house nor is it uncommon to see a buff brick inside a red brick house. These are all design choices that need to be taken into account because a brick slip feature wall is a wall that is all about keeping and highlighting the raw aspect of what your home is built from as well as trying to blend in and compliment other design aspects of the room.
Choosing location and slip type is not your only dilemma, making the right mortar choice can make a massive difference in the overall look of the wall for more information on this then please read our special article dedicated to mortar selection. mortar selection article.
Whatever your choice, you want to make sure that the project is installed convincingly and in the right manner, the biggest detail overlooked during installation is the use of corner slips, visually if the wall would naturally show a corner brick then its imperative that you use a corner slip, please do not join two standard slips on a 90 degree corner. ‘This is not cool’ and brings the whole projects authenticity in question. The closest example to how bad this would be is to imagine you are a Ghostbuster circa 1984 and you crossed the streams. YES its that bad people.