Adding Brick to the Inside of Your Home

I have been a bit obsessed with the thought of adding brick details inside my home, as I think exposed brick brings a beautiful element of character that other products often lack.  There are so many options when it comes to adding brick, as it can be installed just about anywhere, and incorporated in more ways than one.  Many of us have brick details on the exterior of our homes, but have you ever considered adding brick to the inside of your home?  This post contains some affiliate links.

Exposed Brick Walls

I think we can all agree that exposed brick walls are the first thing that comes to mind when we think of brick as an interior design element.  If you’re luck enough to live in a home with exposed brick that is original to your home, I’m jealous.  I love the texture and character that it brings to a home, and I don’t think it ever goes out of style.

Exposed Brick Wall

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An exposed brick wall is such a feature and focal point, and totally timeless.

The other thing I love about adding brick to the inside of your home is that you can add it to any room, and it just works.  I recently painted cabinets in a kitchen where they added an exposed brick backsplash, and it’s one of my favorite looks.  But an entire wall is a nice option too.

I could definitely get behind a kitchen design like this one.  The brick backsplash seems to tie the whole room together, doesn’t it?

Brick backsplash in the kitchen

Brick as an Accent

While exposed brick walls are gorgeous, you can always use brick as an accent, to achieve that same pop of interest, texture and character.  How about a brick archway?  I could get behind this look.

What an awesome element to have in your home, don’t you think?

Another brick archway option is to have the brick only inside the archway, echoing the brick patterned floor in the adjacent office.

This look is a bit more understated, but equally elegant and eye-catching.

Brick Flooring

And then there is the look of a brick floor as an interior design feature.  This one is top of mind for me, because we’re finally biting the bullet and adding some brick accent flooring to our basement, as a landing for the door that takes you outside.  For some reason, the builder thought that super light beige carpet would be a great landing spot for dirty feet coming in from outside.  Let’s look at some cool applications of indoor brick flooring.

I love the idea of an exposed brick floor in a mud room or transitional space from the outdoors to the inside.  It just works.  This is just perfect in every way to me.

Can you tell I love a classic herringbone pattern?  It just doesn’t get old with me.

How about a brick floor in the laundry room?  I guess if you walk around the house barefoot, it could be a little tough on your tootsies, but I always were some sort of house shoe/slipper, so I could see having this look and making it work.

This is a first, I don’t think I’ve seen an exposed brick floor in a bathroom before, but I’m digging it.

Or do you prefer it on the walls of a bathroom instead?

There are lots of options for adding brick to your home if you don’t have it already.  It’s authentic looking, and as beautiful as the real thing from what I’ve been able to find.

Look at this beautiful brick available on Amazon:

Colonial Collection Boston Thin Brick

If you want something a little more weathered, there’s this option:

Castle Gate Thin Brick

I’m looking forward to sharing our indoor brick project soon!  In the meantime, I’ve been playing around with brick patterns…

What do you think of exposed brick?  Do you have it in your home?




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    Marty Oravetz
    May 16, 2017 at 10:43 am

    I had a brick floor in the kitchen and hall in one home. It was stunning, but oh so hard to keep.

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    May 16, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    I love it. My girlfriend has an exposed brick wall in her kitchen and it has always been a favorite of mine.

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    November 23, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    I am planning a brick wall for my 1893 master bath. So I continue to search for ideas.

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    December 19, 2020 at 9:43 am

    I have a red brick floor throughout my kitchen and pantry and would love to make it look old and worn. Any ideas would be appreciated!
    Thank you

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      December 26, 2020 at 1:18 pm

      You could always do a brick wash of some sort to give it an aged look.

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    December 29, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    We’ve just finished building an exposed brick wall in our new home in New Zealand. The bricks were taken from the chimney of an old house where I grew up. I love the history of them and the thought that they all have stories to tell.

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      December 30, 2020 at 7:46 am

      That is so neat! I love incorporating history into your home and making it your own. I’ll bet it looks amazing too!

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    January 2, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    Our home is 4 years young and I’m looking to add exposed brick to the archway into the kitchen/dining room. It’s an open floor plan and I’m also hoping the brick will add a little drama.

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    Kimley Patterson
    May 26, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    Is a brick backsplash hard to keep clean?

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    Yvette Cursoli
    June 7, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    I love all your ideas. I just can’t seem to find the right brick like the ones I see in these photos. Any ideas where to buy used looking brick I would love to put in my kitchen floor.

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    August 30, 2021 at 8:50 am

    Looking to buy brick or stone but do t know where to start? Can you help? Have any links to browse materials?

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      September 19, 2021 at 4:28 pm

      Check out some local places where they sell things for patios/decks/pavers/etc… They usually have some things that you can look at in person, which is really helpful

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    February 17, 2023 at 1:59 pm

    That was my thought. While it’s stunning behind a cooktop, doesn’t grease and other cookie “debris” end up on the brick? There would be no effective way of cleaning it that I’m aware of.

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      March 12, 2023 at 3:28 pm

      I would suspect you would have to seal the brick somehow to help with that.

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