Summertime is beginning to come to a close and families are beginning to prepare for the return to school. This is a popular time for those final summer projects to get squeezed in before your schedule becomes too crazy! As you look around your home, we want to talk about a new way to spruce up your style.

Exposed brick in the home has quickly risen in popularity in home design. This design element is often found in industrial and urban apartments, lofts, restaurants, converted warehouse spaces and even historical buildings. Exposed brick is coveted by many, but usually it is a look that is only available in order homes.

Thankfully, what you may not know, is that the brick look can still be achieved inexpensively with faux brick panels! This trick is an easy, cheap, do-it-yourself project.

Faux Brick Materials

Faux brick panels come in many different forms. Some are made from cement that has been formed into molds that are made from real bricks to help give it an authentic textured look. Others are made from actual clay substance so that it can provide the exact same look and feel of real brick. You can also find real brick that has been cut into thin tiles.

The most lightweight option on the market, however, are Faux Direct’s faux wall panels. They are made from a polyurethane plastic material making them extremely lightweight, but are still formed from real brick, giving them that real brick style and texture.

Using Faux Brick as an Accent
The best part about the faux brick panels, is the versatility involved in bringing attention to your the important parts of your home. Use it on your fireplace to make an otherwise average fireplace a gorgeous focal point in the room. When you want to emphasize the height of a tall wall in your place, the brick can be taken all the way to the ceiling and also be used to create the impression of having tall walls when they are lacking.  Wrap an otherwise bland kitchen island or home bar in them. You can even use them outside to increase the curb appeal of your home. The options are endless when it comes to faux brick panels.

Embellishing Faux Brick
Keep in mind that faux brick can even be pained to suite your style. When going this route, make sure that a latex primer is used first. This will ensure that you have good coverage and that the paint will have good adhesion to the faux brick. There are several styles you can choose from here:

– A cleaner and a more updated look could be a shade of either white or gray.
– Hip and modern looks could be more of a bold and bright color such as turquoise, a sunny  yellow or coral.

A whitewash finish can be given to the faux paneling when you paint the grout lines with a white primer, as well. Then once the primer dries, put a small amount of a white paint of your choosing onto a dry brush then wipe most of it off. Once that is done, lightly feather the paint all across your paneling.
A spray bottle that is filled with water can be used to help even out the thicker spots. Make sure to practice different painting techniques on a spare panel before doing it on your actual panels to be installed your home! This will help to ensure there are no permanent mess-ups.

Whatever you choose, we hope you feel like you can make your home, YOU. Check out our website today to see what panels we have available to kickstart your final summer project!