Many people love the warmth and beauty of bricks. Even if their home is new and lacks a brick fireplace or other brick feature, they want to bring the look of bricks into their home decor. Sometimes owners of older homes are fortunate enough to uncover old brick walls or fireplaces during a renovation project and are looking for ways to make the bricks work with their updated living spaces. In either case, there are a few tips that can be followed to make the bricks the focal point of the room.
If you are working with bricks that have been around awhile, you need to make sure that they are thoroughly cleaned. Use a gentle solution such as warm soapy water and a natural bristle brush. Do not use a wire brush since it will scratch the bricks and hurt their appearance. Use a toothbrush if necessary to clean the mortar. Once the bricks are cleaned, you can decide whether you want to seal them with varnish or paint them depending on the style of your room.
If you have decided to add bricks to a newer home, there are some things you need to consider first. Bricks are heavy and you may not be able to use standard bricks. There are many brick veneers available that are much thinner and easier to install and they do not weigh as much. You can use brick veneers around a fireplace, or as a back-splash in the kitchen. You may even want to use brick veneers as a floor covering in an entry way or sun-room. If you love the rustic look of bricks, you can get creative.
Bricks come in a variety of colors and textures, too. You can even find white bricks, which would work well in a modern contemporary style room. Wrought-iron and stained glass work well with brick. You may want to consider using wrought-iron banisters on a staircase that is near a brick wall. Even if you do not want to replace your windows, you can buy a framed stained glass artwork to hang in your window, or use stained glass panels in your door.