CREATE A SEAMLESS FLOW FROM THE EXTERIOR TO THE INTERIOR WITH EXCITING DESIGN-LED STYLES FROM PGH BRICKS
We all have an intimate connection with our homes – their look and feel. Cast your mind back to recall the first view you had of your home. There is something memorable and deeply personal about the first time you see your own front facade and walk inside. First impressions are so important and choosing the right exterior for your new house reflects the way you live.
But it doesn’t stop at the outside. Designers and architects know that once you have got the exterior right, it’s about extending the same architectural language throughout your home. You need a cohesive palette and a seamless flow from indoors to out – and back again.
How to bring bricks inside
Texture is the key to successfully connecting an exterior colour scheme to an interior design aesthetic. This connection is most strongly reflected in the trend to an industrial-style look (add link). Bricks from PGH Bricks’ Manhattan range can create the look of recycled brick walls in an interior setting – ideal for feature walls or large open-plan living areas with a loft-style or industrial aesthetic.
It is also worth referencing the exterior colour scheme internally – often near the entry and perhaps using the same face bricks for that seamless flow. The Pure Linens range is ideal for interior settings because of its streamlined profile, complementing interior low sheen paints. Pure Linens in Whispering White colour can be a fantastic bridging element between exterior face bricks and internal painted walls because of its muted tones, while Cinders and Soot works well with a darker exterior palette.
Mid-century houses often work well with feature walls in a more robust shade, such as McGarvie Red, where the textural elements connect traditional building materials with a contemporary aesthetic.
The alfresco area
With most Australians enjoying the most of our wonderful climate and spending much of their leisure time outdoors, it makes sense to let the exterior design and palette influence the interior colour scheme too.
The biggest trend in all new houses is creating an alfresco area. Indeed, an outdoor space is now firmly on the must-have list of every new home. Brick is an ideal choice for outdoor entertaining because of its ease of maintenance, durability and classic good looks. Consider using the same bricks as the exterior, but varying the bond or pattern – for instance, a stacked bond will match the façade, while providing clean and contemporary lines in an outdoor kitchen.
Greys still reign supreme for many designers, as highlighted in the latest style campaign from PGH Bricks. Grey All The Way continues to be a strong design trend with shades such as Driftwood Grey or Seascape Pumice from the Naturals range, complemented by a charcoal shade in roof tiles. Continue this palette indoors with the semi-glazed effect of the Metallic range, including Pewter (with dark mortar for dramatic effect, or white to highlight contemporary furnishings).
For a Scandi-aesthetic, consider the new beautiful long-form Danish bricks in the Lang Mursten range. Simple and elegant, these bricks can complement a muted, minimalistic design – adding, rather than taking away, from a classic interior scheme. Perfect as a foil for the clean lines of Danish furniture, they provide a beautiful backdrop for understated sideboards, vintage lighting or cowhide rugs.