Inspiration: White Brick Walls

Once upon a time, I helped a pair of friends paint an apartment in a cool industrial part of Brooklyn. This particular apartment had charming exposed brick in both bedrooms (along with less charming exposed pipes everywhere else) and I was absolutely stunned when said friends informed me that painting the walls white also meant painting the brick white. Quelle horreur! But looking back now, I think maybe I was in the wrong and they were in the right, because a painted brick wall in an interior space looks a lot fresher and more inviting than brick that looks like it belongs on the outside of a building. Don’t you think?


via UXUS Design



via Alvhem


via Dreamwall (which is actually faux)


via Studio Aalto


via Houzz


via Hotze Eisma/Lisa Cohen


via LoftLife

5 Responses to “Inspiration: White Brick Walls”

  1. La Petite Acadienne January 25, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    I like the look of it, but my only concern is the permanency of it. As far as I know, once you paint brick, that’s it — it’s painted and you can never go back. Even sandblasting won’t get rid of all the paint.

    That faux stuff is a cool idea, though. What a great way to add texture!

  2. Christa Terry January 27, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    That’s true, and definitely needs to be a thought point for anyone who’s considering the painted brick look.

  3. MissPrism February 1, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    When we bought our house it had a brickwork chimney-breast painted peach, and after ascertaining that it was impossible to strip the paint off it, we painted it white. I love it! It adds interest and texture without being fussy.

  4. Christa Terry February 2, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    @MissPrism Glad you found a solution that worked. Peach brick? Really? Who thinks that’s a good idea…?

  5. Kristen February 3, 2011 at 9:49 am #

    We have peach painted brick, too! And it’s not even real brick. It’s on two walls in the kitchen, and it runs about halfway up the wall.

    I’ve looked into taking it off, abut it would mean taking off most of the walls. So, painting it white seems to be the way to go.

    (White textured walls in a kitchen– eek! I’m gonna be cleaning constantly!)