5 Ways to Get the Look of Exposed Brick at Home

5 Ways to Get the Look of Exposed Brick at Home

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Dabney Frake
Dec 19, 2014
(Image credit: Fall for DIY)

Exposed brick walls can read as either rustic charm, storied industrial decay, or effortless warehouse cool. They supply endless character, warmth and texture — no matter what the context. If the look has been on your interior bucket list for eons, but you don’t have the actual digs to back it up, you can still pull off the look. Here are five DIY ways...

1. Brick Wallpaper: Above, this wall isn’t brick at all, but a paper mural installed by Fall for DIY. Even better, it’s applied using temporary wallpaper paste, which makes it good for renters.

(Image credit: Mr. Kate)

2. Brick Paneling: A quick and easy option involves these brick panels, which are readily available at big box hardware stores, for starters. They go up in large sheets, and can be painted any color you choose, like this turquoise one from Mr. Kate.

(Image credit: DIY Design)

3. Brick Drywall: A more detailed project involves faux “brick” created from interior stucco or drywall mud — with great results. You can see the whole process, from start to finish, in this post from DIY Design.

(Image credit: Dreambook Design)

4. Brick Veneers: You can achieve the look of whole bricks with veneers instead, or thin slivers of brick that are applied to the surface much like ceramic tile. This rustic industrial kitchen used them as an accent wall.

(Image credit: Cutting Edge Stencils)

5. Brick Stencil: If you prefer something that’s easier painted over down the road, you can do brick pattern using a stencil and paint. Cutting Edge Stencils has a product and tutorial to check out.

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