{Exposed Brick Walls}

I love me a good loft. Remember this? Yeah, I’m still dreaming of it on average 3 hours per day. So, I thought I’d try and get my loft-like, exposed brick walls crush outta my system with a nice round up of them working their rustic charm. First up, there’s this amazing loft entrance (1) where the deliciously masculine garage-style doors are framed by battered bricks. Onto bedroom spaces (2, 4) where I think the look kinda works, but not as well as it does in open plan living/dining areas. If I had to pick my favourites, I’d clearly go for that entryway, and if I was being greedy I might have to bag the home office (6) and the kitchen (11) looks, too! That kitchen shot, by the way, is from the Clinton Street Bakery in NYC – isn’t it a treat? It’s on my places to visit next time I’m in town, and not just for the decor – The New York Times Magazine voted their blueberry pancakes the best in the city…twice! So, do you like exposed brick walls? And do you have a favourite way to decorate with them?
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11


  • Reply spaceforinspiration July 29, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Hello and thank you for your lovely comment on my art blog. x

    Yes, these warehouse style lofts are enough to make us all weak at the knees. That double door in no 1 is gorgeous!
    A fab parade of pictures all round really, and I especially love those where the rough, edgy rawness is balanced with a touch of chic, elegance and glam. Dream worthy for sure.

    x Charlotta

  • Reply Kirsty July 29, 2010 at 8:17 am

    I live the rustic kind of look too! So relaxing and beautiful! Great photos

  • Reply Jane July 29, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Love, love, love! So much, can't pick a fave. The girl in the brick house πŸ™‚

  • Reply Yasmin Chopin Interior Design July 29, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Great selection. I love the play of light from the red standard lamp in the lounge scheme.
    There's an honesty about exposed brick walls. I think they have their place in a design scheme but I wouldn't choose to include brick walls as a means of decoration unless it was a new build (fabulous clean smart bricks) or a renovation project (full of character and charm). Does anyone have any good ideas for sealing the bricks so they don't create dust?
    Yasmin Chopin Interior Design

  • Reply Julie Holloway July 29, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Found you via Diary of Lovely….fun blog!

  • Reply Debby July 29, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I love exposed brick, love the character & texture they bring to a space. By the way, great guest post on Helena's blog! xo

  • Reply Krystal July 29, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    i would be so down with living in one of these!

  • Reply lisaroyhandbags July 29, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I've always loved exposed brick – we used to own an 1850 stone home and the kitchen walls were all exposed limestone. It was by far my favourite home ever. : )

  • Reply Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy July 29, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    I have been obsessed with exposed brick walls for a while now, but, alas, have never lived in a place with them. A friend of mine, though, just installed “faux” exposed brick – they are actual bricks that were sliced in half and put on the wall. It looks amazing!

  • Reply Brandi July 29, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I love brick walls too! I've never had the pleasure of a space with some but I would love to decorate with some striking overscale artwork and clean lines.

  • Reply Jason (These Roving Eyes) July 29, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    The kitchen (3rd photo) is so great. Love that.

  • Reply Stacey July 29, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Lovely collection of pictures Will! I always admire exposed brick in a space and how it can add an edgy and warm element to a space!

  • Reply Michelle from Holley and Gill July 29, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Am in love. Absolutely in love with all the imagery here… Have ALWAYS wanted to live in a loft, guess it's the artist in me who dreams of arched windows, brick and creaky floorboards.

    So thank you for bringing the dream into a post, so perfect.

  • Reply Adele @ modernemotive July 29, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Love them all! Man, I want exposed brick in my next place.

  • Reply David July 29, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    The kitchen is my favorite…loves it! Great post Will!

  • Reply Nyla July 29, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Great post Will! There's just something about it isn't there? You just can't go wrong with exposed brick. I love the architecture of the as well as the texture and warmth it adds to a room. A lovely series of images ~ thanks for sharing!

  • Reply firstsense July 29, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Fab selection of images, Will! I love the urban-meets-industrial look of exposed brick, it's such a treat to see so many in one place!

    Brick takes away a lot of light so if I ever had the good fortune of decorating a place with exposed brick, I'd be using a lot of white – like in this – http://www.styleathome.com/homes/small-spaces/small-space-interior-bachelorette-pad/a/30258

  • Reply Marcia Zia-Priven July 29, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Great shots. Nothing as earthy and kind of sexy as exposed brick. Thanks for sharing these images!

    Marcia Zia-Priven

  • Reply Dale at Hospitality Design Inspirations July 29, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    They're just so beautiful. Versatile with any design style, and adds so much character!

  • Reply Chantale July 29, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Wow. These are gorgeous. Don't think I've ever seen these images myself before. Funny, my last job was in an old protected building in Old Montreal where the old brick walls as well as the old wood beams (as our offices were being renovated) had to be protected. It was beautiful to look at, not so great when the bugs would actually crawl out from between the bricks and land on our desks. haha!

  • Reply cassie @ hi sugarplum! July 29, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    I love exposed bricks (and those lovely pics you posted)! I have them on my fireplace…but think about painting them almost every month. I haven't yet, bc that's one thing that would pretty hard to reverse!

  • Reply Tommy July 30, 2010 at 12:06 am

    I am not crazy about exposed brick, but I AM enjoying the bedding in picture 2 (that striped blanket…what?!) and the kitchen stools and…well…pretty much everything else.

  • Reply My Pink Door July 30, 2010 at 3:19 am

    My favourites are definitely the kitchens – love the bricks with stainless steel!

  • Reply Rachie A July 30, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Loving the exposed brickwork – actually i once lived in a (very small) loft apartment with my bestie with painted white exposed brick work – Oh how i miss thee!!

    Love the bedroom pic (the linen against those hard walls is a great contrast) and love the colour pop yellow chair in the first pic too

    Rachie xo

  • Reply Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage July 30, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I love the exposed brick wall it has another layer of texture to the decor.

  • Reply Marlena July 31, 2010 at 12:35 am

    oh my god that kitchen is BEAUTIFUL, that is exactly how i would want mine to look. it's just so not typical. I love exposed brick, it adds such character to the room. my favorite part about it is how it clashes with things, it makes the space look so much more interesting. great blog by the way πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jenn July 31, 2010 at 2:03 am

    I'm totally having an exposed brick moment too! I never liked it before, but some of the more recent takes (like the one's in this post) are so much more refined than the 90s versions.

    Picture # 3…my dream kitchen.

  • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar July 31, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Thanks everyone for sharing in my exposed brick walls crush. Slight problem, I'm still not over it…loving them more than ever today!

  • Reply Jen of Made By Girl August 1, 2010 at 12:22 am

    LOVE the exposed brick, its so rare to see anything like that here.

  • Reply Vitania August 2, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Love love love – the exposed brick. There are some boutique hotels in Old Montreal that have the BEST rooms with exposed brick walls..

    now i am dreaming..
    happy weekend ..

  • Reply London Lisbonite August 2, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I know what you mean about daydreaming of your very own exposed brick walls. Some days I come home and just want to takea sledgehammer to the chimney flue in my living room to get rid of all the plaster! (And yes, I'm well aware of how scary I sound…)

  • Reply Jenna Noll May 11, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I love indoor brick! My dream.

  • Reply Anonymous April 17, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    i love the mix of rustic exposed brick and dark wood floors with delicate gorgeous elements. Thanks for posting these, they inspire me!

  • Reply Anonymous May 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I am loving the exposed brick and dark wood floors too….my dream entryway!

  • Leave a Reply