5 Alternatives To Using Exposed Brick For The Walls In Your Home

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By now, exposed brick walls in the home are a common sight. They bring character, texture and personality into a room, often serving as a focal point in the space. But in case you wanted something different for your home, here are a list of alternatives for your consideration.

A cool concrete wall

Similar to the vibe exposed brick walls exude, a grey concrete wall instantly gives any space a cool industrial look and feel. Be careful though, as if you clad all four of your walls in concrete, the space can start to feel claustrophobic. Instead, only cover the main wall in this material, and let it add an extra element of texture and interest into the space. As an alternative to natural concrete that provides easier maintenance, try concrete-effect tiles or wallpaper.

Image credit: Dwell Interior Design

Image credit: Dwell Interior Design

A textured 3D wall

When it comes to exposed brick walls, some homeowners may be inclined towards that material because of its textured finish. But there are so many beautiful 3D wall panels available in the market nowadays that it’s easy to imbue some texture into your space without resorting to brickwork. The distressed wood panels below transform the bedroom into a space that has a cosy treehouse ambiance, but there are also other designs available, like panels that look like waves or ones that create a geometric pattern that can give your room a boost of texture.

Image credit: The French Bedroom Co

Image credit: The French Bedroom Co

A warm natural wood wall

One of the easiest alternatives to a brick wall is a wood wall, and also provides homeowners with even more options of styles and colours to play around with. From wood-effect laminates to wood veneer to solid wood, there are a multitude of colours, textures and wood grain patterns to explore. In addition, with its natural and earthy look, a wooden wall doesn’t feel as heavy as a brick wall would, making it ideal for busy spaces.

Image credit: Poetus

Image credit: Poetus

A metal wall full of character

Upcycling of materials to be used in homes have been seeing a steady rise in popularity, and one of the most popular material designers are repurposing is shipping containers. They also give the same industrial feel as exposed brickwork, but they look more elegant in design and can be relatively cheap and easy to install if you know where to look. If shipping containers are not your style but you still want to bring the rusted steel look into your home, you can also opt for a wall of corrugated metal sheets or use metal-effect tiles instead.

Image credit: Prozfile

Image credit: Prozfile

A raw plastered wall

This many not be an option that appeals to everyone, but stripping away your existing wallpaper to reveal the bare plaster underneath is another great option for a feature wall. Exuding an old-world feel that’s both timeless and unique, the key to getting the look just right is by pairing the wall with soft furnishings to liven up the space. However, do take note that if you’re going to put bare plaster on show, you will need to coat it with a sealant to avoid having the dust particles irritate your skin, as well as to deter moisture from damaging the surface.

Image credit: Decofilia

Image credit: Decofilia

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