Good Questions: Painting & Brick Walls?

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Hello AT,
Do you have any ideas or suggestions about living with exposed brick? When I first found my apartment, I loved the brick, now I barely see it. My guests often say they like it.

I’m looking to repaint the other 3 walls. I tried to pick out a paint that would coordinate with the brick. It didn’t work out too well last time. It’s time to repaint.

Do you have suggestions? Chris

Exposed brick is usually always touted as “good looking” by real estate brokers and, indeed, it can add some real character to an otherwise cookie-cutter apartment, but we don’t think it is sacred. Some brick is ugly and some is quite dusty over time. The color and condition of the brick determines – for us – what to do with it.

If it is in good shape with a nice warm color, we recommend painting the other walls a warm color as well. Because brick is quite dark, your brick wall is going to be your “accent” wall, and the others should be in the white to off-white range so as not to compete. Use warm off-whites.

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If the brick ain’t too pretty, we recommend painting it with a flat paint (use a thick roller cover). NOTE: brick’s surface can be much more beautiful when painted as the irregularities and shadows it casts will really show up. See the inside of
BDDW for really beautiful covered brick walls.
(Thanks, Chris!) MGR
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