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Brick Basics

Once used just for facades, brick can add elegance and warmth to your home’s interior.

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IF YOU'RE CONTEMPLATING a remodel or looking for a way to make your new construction stand out, materials such as brick that are traditionally used on the outside of a home can make for stunning interior features. “Brick is a substantial product that requires no painting and very little maintenance. It’s a classic, timeless choice,” says Victor Farina, president of Farina & Sons, Inc., custom builders and remodelers in Orlando. It’s a popular option for fireplaces and hearths, but brick accents can add unique flair to other interior spaces, too. “Try it as a kitchen backsplash, kitchen hood, in decorative brick columns, as window sills, or in a bar area,” says Farina. “Many of our remodeling projects, as well as new homes, have utilized brick in the interiors.”

Brick’s versatility and its adaptability to many different home styles is one of its greatest qualities. From urban lofts to rustic cabins, brick can make a home feel traditional, textural, casual or vintage, depending on the color and application. “Touches of brick on the interior of a home can add integrity and substance. To achieve the maximum effect, it needs to be well-planned, chosen and installed with qualified professionals,” Farina says.

If you’re thinking about a brick accent in your home, consider installing it in a smaller space to showcase an art piece or in a recessed backsplash. “Don’t mask or hide the imperfections in existing brick. That’s the charm that gives exposed brick its character,” says Ted Maines of Ted Maines Interiors in Winter Park. “Natural is always best with brick.”

COLOR PLAY
Before you bring brick inside, you’ve got to choose the right color. Victor Farina provides his take on which colors look best where:

Red is more traditional and works well if your home is decorated in bold colors.

Chicago-used brick contains soft beige, light brown, peach/pink tones and has a vintage feel. It’s popular for floors and kitchen backsplashes.

Slate/Gray/Taupe adapts easily to contemporary styles and coordinates well with stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen or wet bar.

Clay-colored brick is often used in Mediterranean-style homes.

Tricia Hinely of Longwood is all-in for the look. Plans for her home renovation include reworking an existing outside brick wall to the inside. “My style has been dubbed ‘modern farmhouse,’ and I think the brick will be a nice backdrop for that idea,” says Hinely. “Not only will we be bringing the outside in, but we’ll keep a piece of the original house, mix it with the new and have a wall with character on which to hang family pictures or an antique quilt,” she says. Maines agrees with this strategy. “Using brick on an interior project works best when the exposed brick is an original element,” he says. “Authenticity is key.”


 

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