Brick walls and modern interiors – one would imagine that they would be at odds with one another. But the last few years have seen architects and homeowners gravitate towards the beautiful brick wall whenever they need a touch of texture, unique character and a dab of timeless charm sprinkled in the living room. For some, the exposed brick wall in the living room is an expression of the rich, historic past of the building and a blend of the past and the present. For others, it is a way to add elegance and personality to an otherwise boring interior dominated by glass and stone. No matter what your reason is, there is no doubting the fact that brick walls are here to stay.
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The exposed brick wall in the living room can come in a wide array of forms and hues and it seems to fit in with styles ranging from industrial and shabby chic to contemporary and vintage. Today, we have a collection of 100 spellbinding living rooms with brick walls that will fascinate, inspire and elevate your design creativity. Delve in and enjoy!
1. Modern Living Spaces with Brick Wallsgray-painted-brick-wall-with-fireplace-and-a-display-of-family-photos.jpg" alt="Gray painted brick wall with fireplace and a display of family photos [Design: The Funky Umbrella]" />
textural-beauty-to-your-living-room-with-a-cool-brick-wall.jpg" alt="Add textural beauty to your living room with a cool brick wall [Design: S2 design]" />
black-white-brick-walls-and-chevron-pattern-flooring-in-the-living-room.jpg" alt="Black, white, brick walls and chevron pattern flooring in the living room [Design: contramark]" />
backdrop-becomes-a-part-of-the-living-room-visual.jpg" alt="Brick wall in the backdrop becomes a part of the living room visual [Design: Donald Lococo Architects]" />
chicago-living-room-combines-industrial-touches-with-modern-style.jpg" alt="Chicago living room combines industrial touches with modern style [Design: MRSA Architects & Planners]" />
classic-red-brick-wall-creates-a-lovely-ambinace-in-the-eclectic-living-room.jpg" alt="Classic red brick wall creates a lovely ambiance in the eclectic living room [Design: Jason Arnold Interiors]" />
cozy-living-room-with-plush-rug-and-bubble-lamp.jpg" alt="Cozy living room with plush rug and Bubble Lamp [Design: studioblu]" />
adds-a-touch-of-traditional-charm-to-the-living-room.jpg" alt="Classy brick wall adds a touch of traditional charm to the living room [Design: Pro Staged Homes]" />
century-living-room-remodel-with-brick-walls-painted-in-warm-white.jpg" alt="Mid-Century living room remodel with brick walls painted in warm white [Design: Allison Burke Interior Design]" />
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Modern living rooms with an accent brick wall are currently a hot trend that does not seem to fade away. If you happen to live in an apartment, loft or private residence where brick walls are all neatly covered up, then it is time to dig deep and let the original brickwork shine through. The color and style of brickwork can make a big difference in the overall appeal of the living room and in case of most modern spaces, painting them white is a safe and smart option. This keeps the backdrop distinctly neutral even while adding texture to the room.
Those looking for more dynamic alternatives can try out a hot neutral like gray or even black to create bold backdrop. The classic red brick wall also seems at home in contemporary living rooms where the rest of the interior is as neutral and uncluttered as possible. This gives the living room an organize, aesthetic look even while turning the brick wall into its one true showstopper!
2. Decorating with Panache!midcentury-living-room.jpg" alt="Lovely use of color in the midcentury living room [Design: Joel Dessaules Design]" />
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breezy-beach-style-living-room-with-a-hint-of-color.jpg" alt="Breezy beach style living room with a hint of color [Photography: Mina Brinkey]" />
charming-carved-wooden-bench-and-floor-lamp-add-sculptural-style-to-the-living-roomwith-brick-wall.jpg" alt="Charming carved wooden bench and floor lamp add sculptural style to the living room with brick walls [Design: Jennifer Gustafson Interior Design]" />
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revamped-warehouse.jpg" alt="Living room of revamped 1895 warehouse [Design: Marie Burgos Design]" />
ar2rk-above-fireplace.jpg" alt="Midcentury living room with brick walls and oversized ar2rk above fireplace [From: Jeni Lee]" />
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colorful decor additions [Design: Kim Parker Interiors]" />
The exposed brick wall offers a lovely and vibrant backdrop that lets you showcase your cherished art collection or favorite set of family photographs proudly in the living room. Unlike the generic white walls, this is a gallery-styled setting that is far more energetic, distinctive and attractive. With the right lighting, décor and accessories, a living room with brick walls can be far more visually appealing as it lets the furniture in neutral hues shine through. Decorating a room with brick walls does require far more discipline though as an eclectic mix can quickly end up becoming ungainly clutter because of improper planning.
3. Industrial and Beyondshape-the-cool-industrial-living-room.jpg" alt="Wooden beams, brick walls and exposed duct pipes shape the cool industrial living room [Design: Nicole Hogarty]" />
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steel-book-shelves-in-the-modern-family-room.jpg" alt="Exposed brick wall with blackened steel book shelves in the modern family room [Design: kimberly peck architect]" />
curated-industrial-living-room.jpg" alt="Industrial-style windows for the curated living room [Design: Martha O'Hara Interiors]" />
open-floor-plan-living-area-of-industrial-home-in-edmonton.jpg" alt="Open floor plan living area of industrial home in Edmonton [Design: AMR Interior Design & Drafting]" />
structure-steal-the-show-in-this-southwestern-living-room.jpg" alt="Original brick walls of 1960 structure steal the show in this southwestern living room [Design: Lisa Gildar Interior Spaces]" />
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As we alluded to earlier, there are plenty of styles that work well with the brick wall in the living room. But it is the effervescent and functional industrial style that is without a doubt at the top of that list. Industrial style and exposed brick walls go hand in glove and with adaptive reuse of old structures becoming the norm in world of home renovations, the brick wall is definitely here to stay. Coupled with exposed duct pipes, large windows with dark metallic frames and smart lighting, they create the perfect living room for those who love industrial.
Heavy wooden elements combined with brick walls in white can create a smart background for styles such as Mediterranean, farmhouse and rustic. The use of a whitewashed brick wall gives the living room a cheerful, light and breezy ambiance where natural light is amplified to create an atmosphere of freshness. This makes them apt for elegant and unique beach style living rooms as well.
4. Brick Walls for Small Living Roomscountry-charm-for-the-small-living-room.jpg" alt="A hint of country charm for the small living room [Photography: Corynne Pless]" />
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compact-living-room-with-brick-wall-and-pops-of-yellow-and-gold.jpg" alt="Compact living room with brick wall and pops of yellow and gold [Design: The Neighborhoods of EYA]" />
scandinavian-living-room-with-tom-dixon-pendants.jpg" alt="Cool Scandinavian living room with Tom Dixon pendants [From: David Butler photographs]" />
flair.jpg" alt="Living room brick wall in white with a more modern flair [Design: Architology]" />
york-home-proudly-showcases-original-brick-wall.jpg" alt="Living room of New York home proudly showcases original brick wall [Design: Designed To Appeal]" />
colors-for-the-eclectic-living-room.jpg" alt="Rich and vibrant colors for the eclectic living room [Design: SuzAnn Kletzien Design]" />
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Have a small living room? When it comes to exposed brick walls that is not a problem whatsoever. In fact, the textural beauty of the brick walls brings warmth to the small living space and turns it into an inviting setting. There are 2 different approaches you can take here depending on both your personal taste and the style you are shooting for. The first is to go down the eclectic route and create curated chaos that steals the show with its amazing array of colors, textures, contrasting styles and unique décor pieces. This is a look that demands balance, an eye for interior design and the discipline to know when to stop adding more to the room.
Another approach to decorating the small living room with a brick wall is to draw inspiration from modern Scandinavian style. Frugality, clean straight lines and neutral hues are the norm here and this approach lets the accent brick wall make a bold visual statement. Remember that in small rooms you need ONE clear and distinct decorating style whether it is vintage, modern, industrial or shabby chic.
5. Throw in a Curve Ball!arched-window-design-brings-classic-elegance-to-the-living-room-with-brick-walls.jpg" alt="Arched window design brings classic elegance to the living room with brick walls [Design: Carolina Katz + Paula Nuñez]" />
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usher in a hint of black into the living room [Design: Green Couch Interior Design]" />
trendy-midcentury-modern-living-room.jpg" alt="Cheerful and trendy Midcentury modern living room [Design: KUBE architecture]" />
spacious-living-area.jpg" alt="Wood, stone and brick come together in this spacious living area [Design: Vin de Garde MODERN WINE CELLARS]" />
flat-console.jpg" alt="Unique way to decorate the living room with large flat console [Photography: Elad Gonen]" />
sparkling-lights.jpg" alt="Stunning brick accent wall for the modern living room accentuated with sparkling lights [Design: Ecolution Design Solutions]" />
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Living rooms with brick walls can also go beyond the ordinary and there are plenty of ways to get this done without going overboard financially. A simple option is to try out a bit of graffiti that adds color and pattern to the exposed brick wall and really gives it that edgy, street vibe. If you happen to be lucky enough to have a curved brick wall or any other unusual feature in the living room, then highlight it skillfully and let it become the star of the show.
Dark brick walls in black will always attract attention while there are occasions when it is the décor around them that will make all the difference. Play with contrasting textures (such as delicate sheer curtains and rough, exposed brick walls) or shades (whitewashed and red brick walls in the same room) to bring alive the inimitable living room that you always dreamed about!
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