Design Element: Exposed Brick Walls

16 Mar 2012

This is a 'before' photo (above) that I took a while back of a client's exposed brick wall in her DC rowhouse living room.  We recently finished the project & I have to say that one of my favorite elements in the room is the pre-existing exposed brick wall.  (which I obviously had nothing to do with! ;)

It got me thinking about good brick vs. not so good brick...

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To me, "good brick" has character and adds interest to a space.   The brick itself is pretty and it has a patina...

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It can be a beautiful focal point...

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..And is appropriate in the space...

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...It makes you wonder about the building's history...

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 In these parts, there's a lot of newer brick inside of homes that isn't as beautiful the brick in the pics above.  Has anyone had any experience "aging" brick and/or giving it some character?  I've seen examples of some pretty painted bricks but would love to know about simplyadding some "patina" to newer bricks.

xoxo, Lauren

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