Brick by brick, rows of ancient masters were laid out, building majestic houses with thick walls.

Centuries passed, more modern, lighter and cheaper masonry materials were inventedaly. And the brick still remains a symbol of a reliable, environmentally friendly and respectable home.

Interior designers turn to the technique of demonstrating exposed brickwork precisely when they want to emphasize the solidity of the interior, add notes of the vintage flair of old Europe to it, or create a contrasting background for demonstrating antique or, on the contrary, ultra-modern furniture.


Fragments of brickwork can be present in such interior styles as: loft, shabby chic, vintage, rustic, English, contemporary, Provence, country, fusion. A good half of them are at the peak of popularity in the sector of private residential construction. After all, building castles has long been out of fashion and is even bad manners. Modern luxury prefers be warm and cozy.

The bare brick texture in modern design appears not only (and even not so much) in its original color of baked clay. Today it is a game of texture, painted in the main tone of the interior.

And even the monotonous and for some boring white color in the interior, thanks to the textured masonry, is filled with dynamics and modern charm.

If you are planning a renovation and you are literally haunted by the idea presence brickwork in the interior, it is important to know a few design rules.

There are two ways to create an embossed brick pattern on a wall:

  • expose old masonry if your house was built a very long time ago,
  • revet the surface with tiles imitating brick.

Consider cases when it is quite appropriate to highlight a large plane with a brick texture – a wall.

When a house has a centuries-old history and the architecture of its premises literally breathes the romance of the past – high ceilings, arched vaults, thick walls. EIf the interior of such a room is filled with status furniture and rarity, then the exposed brickwork will only emphasize their respectability.

When you want to make your interior in vintage style or with elements country. Here, ordinary brickwork will give the interior a certain unpretentiousness, deliberate negligence on the verge of primitiveness and will become a link between fresh modern decoration and slightly simplified furnishings.

When the entire interior is made in white or its shades: brickwork will dilute the monotonous sound, even if it is painted in the same white color (in this case, the expressive relief of the wall will play a significant role).

If your interior, on the contrary, has a pronounced urban character, then a brick wall will serve as a great contrast to man-made elements with chrome details – chairs, grills, pipes, consumer electronics, stairs, etc.

Besides, A brick wall is the perfect backdrop for displaying paintings (from art to modern posters) and luxury items, and against its background, artsy furniture looks even more attractive.

Restoring old brickwork is quite laborious and not easy. Modern buildings obviously do not shine with the quality and beauty of brick walls. Therefore, the most optimal will be the facing of vertical planes with tiles imitating brick.

IT’S IMPORTANT TO KNOW: if they imitate old masonry, then the grout seams are made concave, lightened to light gray, almost white. The remake is emphasized by convex seams and a tinted solution.


It can be of three types: concrete, clinker and gypsum.

Concrete tiles are the heaviest, most optimal for facade cladding. She is not afraid of moisture, frost and the rays of the scorching sun. It can be painted and used in the interior in rooms with high humidity. The most inexpensive of the considered materials, if made in the natural color of concrete and intended for painting. The coloring of concrete in mass significantly increases the cost of the final product. The disadvantage is heavy.

Personally, I recommend this tile for wet interiors, when there is a wall available that can withstand a load of up to 40 kg per m2.

Clinker tiles are lighter and suitable for both facades and interiors. Moreover, it is ideal for lining stoves, fireplaces and other heated surfaces.

Clinker is technologically costly, therefore it is the most expensive in this segment. Such a tile is taken when the phrase “it is expensive and of high quality” should appear on the lined surface. It makes no sense to acquire it for the purpose of subsequent coloring. There is only one drawback – there are no light shades.

Brick-like tiles made of gypsum are the lightest and most affordable of those considered. It is suitable only for facing dry rooms. But what a color spectrum: from milky white unpainted (and the most inexpensive) to more complex mass-dyed and patina-covered samples.

It can decorate both a luxurious interior and a cozy country house. It all depends on the correct selection of the invoice:

  • the chipped masonry under the old brick, painted in one tone, looks expensive and respectable; it can be dazzling white, muted ivory, noble graphite, exquisite mother of pearl;
  • quivering fans of country, English, Provence, vintage and shabby chic styles should choose traditional red-brick tones with the effect of patina, efflorescence, as well as white tiles;
  • lovers of the cultures of the Middle East and North Africa should pay attention to white tiles, followed by painting in “silver” and “gold”, well, or at least patinated in these tones;
  • an urban loft is equally supportive of both old masonry and remake, loves both the color of natural brick and painting in any tone.

IT’S IMPORTANT TO KNOW: the tile painted in mass can be washed, it does not fade under the influence of ultraviolet radiation, the properties of the tinted tile directly depend on the properties of the applied paint, therefore it is very important to treat such a surface with a water repellent and a protective solution.

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