Such a rustic piece of material with a timeless appeal, brick creates such a successful accent wall and backdrop to any interior. Brick has been a much sought about texture that has found itself in Interior Design not just as a building material but also as a beautiful piece of rustic country or European backdrop. Using it in a kitchen gives the space such a unique “outside-brought-inside” look.
6 very popular areas in a kitchen where brick is used:
1. Arched doors to the kitchen
2. Back-splash behind cooktop
3. A complete wall behind a bank of cabinets for a Focal Point
4. Arched brick accent for a kitchen hood
5. Bar area wall surface to give it a pub look & feel
Different “Finishing Techniques” using bricks are applied to rooms in many different ways to create unique looks. Some very popular ways that can be done are 1.Creating patterns as a Herringbone, Zigzag or Spiral used as back-splash (the space on the wall surface between upper and lower cabinets), 2.Painted brick look, 3.Mottles to create a worn out and weathered look, 4.Brick tiles used as regular tiles to give the desired effect, 5.Charred Cinder Blocks to make it look as salvages from a fire ravaged area but still maintaining the integrity of the product!
Some effects with brick that Interior Designers have tried to create and crave to create are: New York Soho loft feel, Mediterranean Look, Traditional Paver Look, Contemporary Look with paint or stain, Craftsman style & look (mostly found on the North American West Coast), Industrial Boston Look, English Victorian Brick look (most times with a big bush of English Roses).
Using a good installer for creating a brick wall is very important. Using Hardy Board on the wall or a material that can take the weight of bricks is the most important criteria to remember. When a brick wall is applied, the idea is to use thin brick pieces, or a brick veneer. Either way the look achieved will be kind of similar, but real brick will always have a real look.
Other cost effective ways to use brick look are: Brick Wallpaper, Brick Paneling, Brick Drywall, Brick Veneers, Brick Stencils. These methods also make it possible for DIY projects if you want to create the look yourself.
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