An exposed brick wall makes a dramatic statement which is why it is the perfect design choice for a feature wall. Stylish and chic or raw and industrial, a brick feature wall can evoke history and character or contemporary cool.
As brick slip manufacturers continue to widen the range of colours and textures available, interior designers are responding with even more creative inspiration for our homes and work places. This is a trend that is most definitely not going away.
But what makes a really great brick feature wall?
With so many different styles to choose from, it can feel a bit overwhelming so we’ve put together a little guide to help you create the perfect brick feature wall for your home.
Blend in or stand out?
Whatever style of brick slip you choose, a brick feature wall is a bold look and will have a big impact on the ambience and energy of a room. For example, more heavily textured (or tumbled) bricks will create a sense of history and make a room feel relaxed, warm and cosy. Whereas a smoother brick with sharper lines and less texture will generate a more contemporary, energetic vibe.
Then there’s colour to consider. Red, yellow, black or white, plus the colour of the mortar joints used between the brick slips.
All of these choices will have an impact on how much your brick feature wall blends in or stands out.
Many of our customers choose to match their brick slip feature wall to the exterior brickwork of their home.
This is a great way of showcasing the heritage of the building, particularly if you own an older property. Equally, you shouldn’t feel bound by this ethos and it’s also common to find yellow bricks within a red brick property. You have the creative authority to design a room that reflects your essence and personality so let your imagination run wild!
Traditional or modern feature wall: some inspiration
Our Olde Bayswater is a rich, warm terracotta coloured brick and one of our most popular for feature walls. With a reclaimed, rustic looking texture which makes each brick completely unique, it suits most homes, oozing natural charm.
This traditional brick looks great against wooden worktops in a kitchen or paired with Victorian copper fittings in a bathroom.
If you’re looking for a more contemporary look, our Manhattan White is an exciting alternative. With a striking white appearance, this brick slip oozes energy and vibrance, transforming kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms into super cool, industrial loft-style spaces. You’ll never get bored of looking at this supermodel of a brick slip in your home.
The importance of mortar joints
Making the right choice when it comes to mortar joints can mean the difference between creating a distinctly average or truly jaw dropping feature wall.
Matching the mortar to the tone of the brick slip will create an authentic, understated effect and our natural or buff coloured mortars will blend with the most common brick types.
Alternatively, if making a statement is the goal, using a light grey or dark grey mortar against a lighter brick slip will emphasise each joint, drawing the eye and really making the bricks slips pop.
Whatever design style you want to achieve, installing a brick feature wall in your home will transform an ordinary room into something truly special.
So blend in or stand out, the choice is yours!