Decorating Tips for Exposed Brick

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Decorating Tips for Exposed Brick
Decorate your brick wall to create a new look in your home. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Brick walls can add charm and a rustic look to your home, but if you desire to change that, decoratively, you can. You can make the change permanent by using some simple decorating techniques, or opt for a temporary change, hiding your exposed brick for the present but leaving it around for use later, in case you sell your home or change your mind.

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Modify It Partially

Exposed brick can be left intact with only a slight modification in order to keeps its decorative look while also tying it into the rest of the home decor. According to the Sheffield School of Interior Design, many SoHo lofts in New York City were modified this way, with paint colours picked to match the loft ceiling or a furniture colour theme. The colour was not applied to the entire wall, being placed diagonally across a portion of the wall, instead, for example.

Paint It

You may love your brick wall but not like its colour. Paint it in that case. Painting it to match your other wall colours in the room will give a unified look to it and diminish attention to the brick wall itself. Paint your entire brick wall a slightly darker shade than adjoining walls, if you want to make it recede more from view. If the brick wall contains a fireplace, painting the trim on the fireplace the same colour as the trim on your favoured walls will take the focus off the brick wall itself.

Hide It Completely

Hide your brick wall completely with fabric if you don't like the colour or texture of it. This is a simple way to hide the wall. Put up a curtain rod along the top part of the wall or hang it from the ceiling, making sure it completely covers the space from one end to the other. Choose to put up drapes on the rod that hang all the way down to the floor. Covering your brick wall this way will cost you less time than painting it, will be less messy and will not destroy the natural look of the brick, in case you decide to show it later.

Show It Off

Show off that exposed brick by adding other items to your room decor that complement the brick wall colours in your home. Add natural accessories to your room that are similar in texture. Paint adjoining room walls in shades that go well colour-wise with your brick wall. For example, paint other walls in the room yellow, green or white if you have red, pink or a salmon-coloured brick wall. Go with neutral paint colours for your other walls if the exposed brick colour is a buff or yellow colour, according to Better Homes and Garden.

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