Exposed brick in the home has quickly become a very desirable element in a home. This design element is often found in industrial and urban apartments, lofts, restaurants, converted warehouse spaces and even historical buildings. Often times people would love to have this look in their home, however, if you don’t have an older home and hit the jackpot by discovering hidden brick walls behind plaster, having interior brick can seem impossible.
What one may not know, is that the brick look can still be achieved and inexpensively with faux brick panels. This trick is an easy do-it-yourself project that will save loads of money as opposed to hiring someone to give you the same look with real brick.
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 same exact look as well as 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 look and texture.
Using Faux Brick as an Accent
With faux brick panels, you can bring attention to whatever you would like in 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 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
When the texture of a brick wall is loved but a more contemporary look is what is preferred, the faux brick can even be painted to more suit that 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. When you want to provide a cleaner and a more updated look, go with a shade of either white or gray. If you are more into the hip and modern looks, then a bold and bright color such as turquoise, a sunny yellow or coral is the way to go! 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.