Brick walls and a modern interior are seemingly incompatible things. But over the past few years, designers are increasingly using beautiful brickwork when they want to enhance texture diversity, make the interior unique, add a touch of timeless charm.
For some, the brick in the interior of the living room is an expression of wealth, a way to emphasize the historical past of the building, personifying the connection of the past and the present. For others, this is an opportunity to add elegance and personality to a room that would otherwise look a little boring. Regardless of what led you to think of the need to diversify the interior of your living room with a brick wall, there is no doubt that you will find a lot of interesting things for yourself.
A brick wall can have a wide range of shapes and colors, which allows you to use this element in almost any style - from industrial and shabby chic to modern and classic. Today we bring to your attention a collection of fascinating living rooms with brick walls that fascinate and inspire. Enjoy it!
Modern living room with brick walls
A modern living room with an accent brick wall is currently a hot trend, which seems to no longer lose its popularity. If you are lucky enough to live in an apartment or a private house, where the brick walls are neatly covered with layers of finishing materials, it's time to dig a little deeper to expose the brickwork. The overall attractiveness of the room will largely depend on the color and quality of the brick laying.
In the event that what you saw during the “excavation” does not really please you, the most safe and reasonable solution is to paint the brick in white: this will allow you to maintain a neutral background and at the same time add texture. Anyone looking for a more dynamic alternative can try other neutral colors to create the background - gray or even black. The classic red brick wall also looks appropriate in modern living rooms, if the rest of the interior is neutral and as concise as possible.
Modern living room: a combination of a brick wall with modern white shelves (from Downie North Architects).
Gray painted brick wall (from Stuart Sampley Architect).
Stylish living room in one of Chicago's attic apartments (from Jessica Lagrange Interiors).
Living room full of natural light (from Steele Street Studios).
An eclectic living room with a masterful use of a brick wall as an accent (from StruXture Photograph).
If you are not lucky, and your apartment is located in a boring “box” of glass and concrete, then in this case you still have a chance to radically change the interior of your home. Use a decorative brick to transform the walls in the living room. Of course, it cannot be compared with real brickwork, but in these circumstances it can be considered a good alternative.
Decorating, so on a grand scale!
An uncovered brick wall can serve as a wonderful bright background for demonstrating a collection of works of art or especially valuable family photographs, because it is much more expressive than an ordinary white wall. With the right lighting and the selection of decor and accessories, a living room with brick walls may look more attractive, since neutral colors become noticeable. Designing a room with brick walls is not easy, because with improper planning, eclecticism can quickly develop into chaos, a clumsy mess.
Bright blue sofa, unusual carpet and luxurious armchairs give the living room revival (from S&K Interiors).
Contemporary living room with copper-blue rug and charcoal sofa (by James Maynard-Vantage Imagery).
Modern living room with a discreet design (from A Design Lifestyle).
Decorating a brick wall in the living room with samples of modern painting (from Meghan Carter Design).
The main decorations of this living room are a vintage illuminated sign and a magnificent storage shelf (from Meritage Homes).
A cheerful, eclectic living room with a stunning brick wall backdrop (by Mikel Irastorza).
Industrial style and more
As we mentioned earlier, there are many styles that allow the use of a brick wall in the interior of the living room. But the sparkling and functional industrial style is no doubt at the top of this list. The industrial style and brick walls fit together like nothing better, and while adaptive reuse of old structures will be the norm in the repair world, the brick wall will certainly be used here as a decorative element.
In combination with flaunted duct pipes, large windows with dark metal frames and unusual lighting, the brick creates an ideal living room in terms of the chosen style.
Bamboo in a pot against the background of a brick wall (from Luv2Dezin).
Living room and dining room with brick walls (from The Graces - ReMax Hallmark Realty).
Natural wood and painted brick walls create a wonderful contrast in this relaxing lounge (from Huniford Design Studio).
White painted brick walls add the theatricality to this industrial-style living room located on the attic of a house in Chelsea (from Studio D + FORM).
White brick wall is the most popular among modern homeowners who want to bring textural contrast to the room (from Vick Vanlian Architecture and Design).
Heavy wooden beams and brick walls accentuate the southwestern style of this room (from Chandler Prewitt Interior Design).
The whitewashed brick wall, which enhances natural light, creates a cheerful, light and fresh atmosphere in the living room. And in combination with heavy wooden elements, it will serve as an excellent backdrop for a wide variety of styles, for example, for rural or Mediterranean.
Brick walls for small living rooms
Do you have a small living room? No problem! The textural beauty of the brick walls brings warmth to a small living space, making its atmosphere more comfortable and welcoming. There are two approaches to decorating a small living room with brick walls, and the choice depends on your personal taste and style of the room.
The first is to go along the eclectic path and create chaos, which, introducing an amazing variety of colors, textures, contrasting styles and unique decor items, will eclipse everything. This requires balance, only the instinct of an experienced designer is able to tell when, adding more and more elements to the interior, you should stop.
Black anchors in an eclectic room (from Tiffany Hanken Design).
Works of art, a coffee table on wheels and vintage decor add texture to this small room (from M / I Homes).
Chic Scandinavian living room with a female character (from Tara Benet Design).
Elegant living room with vintage touches (from Vintage Renewal).
Bright and beautiful attic living room in an industrial style (from Homepolish).
Another approach to designing a small brick wall living room is to draw inspiration in a modern Scandinavian style. Moderation, clear, straight lines and neutral shades are the norm here, and this allows the brick wall to make a bold visual statement. Remember that in small rooms you need only one, clearly visible style, be it modern, industrial, vintage or shabby chic.
Apply the trick!
Brick walls provide an opportunity to go beyond the ordinary, and there are many ways to do this without overdoing it from a financial point of view. The easiest option is to use graffiti, which will add color and pattern to the brick wall and give the room a slightly rough street character. If you are lucky enough to have a curved brick wall in the living room, skillfully highlight this unusual feature - let it become the main attraction.
The creative approach made it possible to highlight a curved brick wall in the living room (from Manuel Sequeira Architecte).
A curved wall in a modern living room attracts attention, eclipsing everything around (from Hufft Projects).
Brickwork gives the modern interior color and texture (from Temza).
Graffiti is a great addition to a brick wall (from CityLoft).
Lightweight air curtains add a touch of softness to this magnificent living room (from TONIC Design).
Stunning living room in one of London's apartments (by Michaelis Boyd Associates).
You can attract attention with the help of a black brick wall, although in some cases the key role will be played not by it, but by the decor around. Play with contrasting textures (for example, light translucent curtains and rough brick walls) or shades (white and red brick walls in one room) to enliven the living room, making it inimitable. After all, this is what you dreamed about!