Brick has been used as a building material for thousands of years but incorporating thin brick on the interior is a new way to use one of history’s most versatile building products.
Wallpaper, paint and millwork are all ways of decorating interior walls but designers are reaching for thin brick more often than ever. 1/2 “ thin brick can be applied directly to sheetrock and is a fantastic way to add depth and layers to an interior. Backsplashes, mudrooms, laundry rooms, wine cellars and accent walls are the most common areas to incorporate thin brick. Lets take a look at some examples to see why thin brick has gained such a loyal following.
With all the color variation and texture, thin brick is quickly replacing porcelain tile as the material of choice for backsplashes. “It’s a very natural looking and feeling material, I try to incorporate it somewhere in all of my designs.” said designer Greer Taylor of Taylor Cash Interiors. Like full size brick, grout color has a large impact on the overall wall and with hundreds of choices there is a combination for every room. Sealing thin brick backsplashes with either an oil or water based sealer is recommended since both the grout and brick are porous. It makes clean up easier and will keep your brick looking great for a long time.
Mud rooms and laundry areas are very popular places to incorporate thin brick. Because these are utility areas they seem to gain the most from the rustic and industrial touch brick can offer. Brick has long been used in factories and mills, bringing brick into work areas of the home elicit the same emotion and give those rooms a purposeful feel. Most designers like to use reds and browns in these areas since they are the most classic brick colors but grays and whites are also very popular.
Modern home designs are often open expanses with undivided areas between the kitchen, sitting and dining areas. While this type of layout has advantages it also offers unique challenges to designers. The downside to these open areas is it can be difficult to define the different spaces. “Using thin brick on an accent wall is a great way to add character to these large rooms.” says Taylor. Without some type of accent wall these open spaces often feel bland and empty. Whether it’s a traditional, rustic or modern design, there is a thin brick that compliments your particular tastes.
There are endless ways thin brick can add character and interest to interior design. While certain rooms tend to benefit the most from this material, interior designers are just beginning to unlock the potential of this product. We’re certain it will be used in new and exciting ways and look forward to seeing how its incorporated in future designs.