The exposed brick wall has long been a design staple in the world of interiors. Thanks to their regular appearances in edgy New York lofts and industrial converted warehouse hideouts, nothing exudes effortless cool like a beautiful brick accent wall. What’s more, brick decor is so versatile! From country rustic to contemporary cool, the exposed brick wall suits all manner of aesthetics, making it the perfect subject for my next ‘Who Wore It Better‘.
Ahead, I’m taking one design trend styled in two different ways to see which room ‘wore’ it better. Keep scrolling for more.
The Tribeca Loft
Designed By: Frances Mildred
Overall Aesthetic: Contemporary meets mid-century modern
The Frances Mildred team’s use of the exposed brick wall in this Tribeca family home harks back to traditional loft style. Here, the brick accent wall is as much an homage to the property’s industrial roots as it is a statement design feature, setting the tone for a mid-century modern inspired aesthetic. The bare brick is without a doubt the star of the space, with its warm vintage tones and distressed texture. It just oozes warmth and character! Natural earth tones and wood accents complete the overall look, complementing the brick decor perfectly. It doesn’t get more classic than this.
The Melbourne Apartment
Designed By: Melissa Avery and Christopher Lloyd
Overall Aesthetic: Bright, breezy boho
For a millennial take on the exposed brick wall, look no further than Melissa Avery and Christopher Lloyd’s self-designed Melbourne apartment. Here, the couple have opted for a breezy boho aesthetic. They’ve painted the bare brick wall in a wash of white, making it the perfect neutral background for those Insta-approved favorites: floating shelves, a hanging plant and shiny gold accents. It’s amazing to see how much this change of color has altered the whole feel of the brick finish wall, imparting a fresh, youthful twist to the trend. It just goes to show how versatile the exposed brick wall is!
The Exposed Brick Wall: Who Wore It Better?
Although I’m an avid fan of all things boho, I think I have to go traditional and give this one to the Tribeca Loft. It’s not that I dislike the Melbourne Apartment. On the contrary, I love how it mixes a bright cool-toned canvas with warm woods and colorful prints. But I just happen to love the Frances Mildred team’s use of the exposed brick wall as a statement design feature that bit more. Whilst the brick decor in the Tribeca Loft is the leading lady, providing a visible link to the home’s history, in the Melbourne Apartment she plays more of a supporting role – and she deserves so much better than that, wouldn’t you agree?
Which room do you think wore it better?