Interior feature walls created using brick are a clever way of introducing texture to the home. Available in a wide variety of sizes and colours, bricks provide eye catching, architectural elements. A contrasting mortar can be used make a design statement, while a matching mortar creates a seamless finish.
The popularity of white walls is enduring. Regardless of where your home is located, or the direction of your interior styling, there is a shade of white to suit every home. Bricks are a durable and timeless choice and there is a wide range of light colours to choose from, in both warm and cool tones. Popular white/cream bricks in the PGH Range are Crevole (Velour) (NSW/QLD), Frost (NSW/QLD), Perisher (NSW), Vanilla Ice (SA) and Rice (QLD).
However, painting bricks is a long-term commitment, so be sure to do your research.
BEFORE OPENING THE PAINT TIN, CONSIDER THESE TIPS FOR PAINTING BRICKWORK:
Is this a look you’ll love in the long term? Removing paint from bricks is a difficult process that usually requires the use of chemicals. This type of restoration work is generally expensive and reserved for high-end and heritage masonry buildings.
Before painting, assess the condition of your brickwork. Bricks that are damaged, in poor condition, or in a home that has issues with moisture are generally not suitable for painting.
Bricks should be cleaned and repointed where necessary, and cracks should be sealed before painting.
Seek advice from a paint specialist in regards to product, as the brick wall will need the same attention as plasterboard, including undercoats and a breathable interior paint. The durability of paint can be compromised depending on the natural chemical properties of the bricks.
Remember that bricks need to breathe. They are manufactured with pores that expel moisture from the wall and painting them may interfere with this process. You’ll need to pay close attention to signs of deterioration over time.
Like render, painted bricks are likely to require re-painting every three to five years to keep walls looking fresh and tidy.