Add a Focal Point
Choose weathered, reclaimed brick to give a new space a sense of history. This kitchen uses a brick backsplash to break up expanses of white-painted planks. Corner shelves let the brick take center stage while prompting organization.
Blend It In
Love the texture brick gives to your walls but not a fan of the color? Paint brick and wainscoting the same hue to create a seamless neutral backdrop. Use artwork to introduce additional pops of color.
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Keep the eye moving around a room by repeating design elements. Using the same brick on the fireplace and wall makes this indoor porch feel unified.
Distress Painted Brick
Give a fireplace wall an aged patina. White-painted, distressed brick lends this kitchen-living room combo rustic appeal that cozily contrasts deep charcoal cabinetry and a stainless-steel island.
Make a Statement
Rather than hide away exposed brick, use it to create a focal point. Neutral furnishings and vintage finds are right at home with a rustic brick backdrop A white ceiling maximizes light and helps the basement maintain its open, airy feel.
If you've grown weary of your fireplace or are looking for an easy update, use paint to modernize old brick. Here, white paint creates pleasing contrast against chocolate-color velvet chairs in this cozy living room.
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Age a New Space
Blur the boundaries between bygone eras and modern living by mimicking old details. A new multihue brick wall replicates antique brick, lending authentic charm to this carriagelike kitchen. Arched windows and heart pine flooring add architectural character.
Balance Dark Materials
Incorporate a light backdrop to keep a room clad in dark materials from getting too dark. Here, a covered porch with a dark stone floor and a blue plank ceiling stays bright thanks to white-painted brick walls.
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