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Autumn Interior Trends

Exposed brick:

Hello and welcome to this Inspiration page. Looking for fresh ideas if you are redecorating your property? Look no further, as we take a look at timeless trends in decorating and construction plus give you tips and tricks on how to achieve them yourself.

Are you currently renovating an old build or adding an extension to your home? Feel more connected to the fabric of a building and make your beautifully textured brickwork a feature to a room.

We know that when you choose a home you do not want a generic white box, you want something with character. Exposed Brick adds multi-dimensionality and creates interest to areas of your home that would be otherwise dull.

So why not make a feature of your home’s under-structure?

Simplistic ‘stripped back’ brick walls can add so much warmth and character to a room, in a way that a white wall does not. Whether you wish to achieve a Mediterranean feel; cool, relaxed and rustic, or Scandinavian, an industrial haven perfect for sipping coffee and getting curled up with a book, the exposed brick wall is perfect choice for you. With exposed brickwork you can achieve effortless urban style that is very popular with interior designers and architects.

The Trick with Bricks:

If renovating…

We understand that not every home suits this style, which is usually seen in trendy industrial buildings, so make sure you are 100% happy before you start removing plaster as this can be a messy process! Consider the age of your home; if it was built before the 50s, there’s a good chance that the under-structure is good old brick.

Not a DIY expert?

Don’t fear, this is a job that is easy to do yourself with a little bit of hard-work and perseverance, just remember to wear dust mask, goggles and gloves to avoid any accidents!

DIY Step by step guide:

1.     Check a small, discrete area for brickwork

Safety first, check the walls for any wiring or plumbing pipes. Turn off the power source to the room at the main fuse box. Drill a test hole in the plaster to check the brickwork is worth stripping. If it’s damaged or the colour isn’t what you would like, simply cover the hole with filler.

2.    Strip back the plaster

This is an extremely dirty and dusty process so make sure that you remove furniture or ensure surfaces are covered, and doors are sealed. Then using a putty knife or chipping hammer, chip away at the plaster on the wall from left to right, then vacuum the wall to remove any dust. To speed things up, switch to electronic tools like this hammer drill from Bosch:

https://www.cwberry.com/Power-Tools/Power-Tools/Drills-SDS--Hammer/SDS-Max--Hex-Demolition-Hammers/Bosch-GSH5E-1100-Watt-Professional-Breaker_M05050549.htm

 

3.   Clean up

To clean up walls and remove smaller fragments, use a stiff wire brush starting at the top of the wall and working down so that the dust falls to the ground. Mix equal parts powdered soap and salt with enough water to make a paste. Wash down with water then allow to dry for at least 12 hours. If the removed cement leaves cavities, repoint gaps to avoid drafts. New cement can be tinted to match the existing cement.

 

4.   Seal the wall

Sealing may alter the colour of the brick work, so if you are unsure, test a small patch first.

Seal with 1 part PVA to 5 parts water. This traps dust while allowing the bricks to breathe.

In some cases, sealing can trap moisture inside the brick, which could cause problems. However, in moisture-prone rooms like kitchens and bathrooms, PVA or terracotta sealant is recommended to protect the bricks and improve hygiene.

 

Tips

For best results, pair with a wooden floor (check out our flooring range here) and choose a place in your home with lots of natural light. Limit exposed brickwork to one or two walls in the home, as less is definitely more. Remember, if you are exposing a wall that faces externally, you may lose some insulation to your home and experience draughts.

Starting Anew?

If you are constructing a new wall or extension, we have an extensive selection of bricks for you to browse online or instore.

https://www.cwberry.com/Building-Materials/Bricks/

We sell a wide range so if you need to match bricks to an existing wall, an appearance of age can be achieved through brick type. Stock bricks, with uneven stretcher arris, rough textures and colour flashes may be more suitable to extensions, or traditional builds.

If you require a slick and modern wall, we also stock precise, wire-cut, single colour, extruded bricks with a contemporary appearance, more suited to new or newer builds.

C & W Berry only stock quality products by leading manufacturers including Ibstock, Wienerberger, Forterra, Snowie, Tyrone, Cheshire, Lagan and Northcot. Our extensive brick library, plus our experienced staff, will make sure to help bring your design ideas to life by recommending the best bricks for the job.

If you are a brickie by trade or just starting out, check out our bricklayer’s essentials at C & W Berry:

This is a list of products put together by an experienced tradesperson that we recommend you own if you are embarking on a bricklaying project. Missing something from the list? Never fear, just order online or visit us in store.

Trowel

https://www.cwberry.com/Hand-Tools/General-Hand-Tools/Trowels-Hawks--Floats/Brick-Trowels.htm

Pointing trowel

https://www.cwberry.com/Hand-Tools/General-Hand-Tools/Trowels-Hawks--Floats/Pointing--Margin-Trowels.htm

Jointer (for buckethandle joints)

https://www.cwberry.com/Hand-Tools/Builders-Hand-Tools/Brick-Jointers--Rakers.htm

Joint rake (for recessed joints)

https://www.cwberry.com/Hand-Tools/Builders-Hand-Tools/Brick-Jointers--Rakers.htm

Stiff brush head for brushing down finished work

https://www.cwberry.com/Home--Dcor/Cleaning-Materials/Brushes.htm

4ft spirit level

https://www.cwberry.com/Hand-Tools/General-Hand-Tools/Levels-Spirit.htm

Mixer

https://www.cwberry.com/Power-Tools/Power-Tools/Cement-Mixers.htm

Spot boards

https://www.cwberry.com/Hand-Tools/Builders-Hand-Tools/Mixing-Boards.htm

Bolster

https://www.cwberry.com/Hand-Tools/Builders-Hand-Tools/Bolsters--Chisels/Brick-Bolsters.htm

Lump hammer

https://www.cwberry.com/Hand-Tools/General-Hand-Tools/Hammers/Club--Lump-Hammers.htm

Brick hammer

https://www.cwberry.com/Hand-Tools/General-Hand-Tools/Hammers/Brick--Mortar-Hammers.htm

Line and blocks

https://www.cwberry.com/Hand-Tools/General-Hand-Tools/Marking-Out-Tools.htm

Tape measure

https://www.cwberry.com/Hand-Tools/General-Hand-Tools/Tapes--Rules.htm

Other useful things for your project

Berry’s is the place to head for your DIY equipment to make your project a breeze!

Putty knife:

https://www.cwberry.com/Home--Dcor/Decorating-Tools/Glazing-Tools/RodoRCPK15CliptPointPuttyKnife_05112020.htm

Cement & Mortar:

https://www.cwberry.com/Building-Materials/Cement--Mortar/

Masonry Paint:

https://www.cwberry.com/Home--Dcor/Paints--Stains/Masonry--Floor-Paint.htm

Paintbrushes:

https://www.cwberry.com/Home--Dcor/Decorating-Tools/Paint-Brushes.htm?pi=1

PPE:

https://www.cwberry.com/Workwear-Tool-Storage--Safety/Personal-Protection-Equipment/

Gloves:

https://www.cwberry.com/Workwear-Tool-Storage--Safety/Clothing--Workwear/Gloves.htm

 

And if there’s anything you are unable to find online, simply pop into our shop or give us a call.

Contact us

Looking for more inspiration?

Interior designers who we think use this trend perfectly:

Gaspar Bonta

http://gasparbonta.com/

Josephine Hurley

http://www.josephinehurley.com/


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