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Who Wore It Better: The Exposed Brick Wall

Who Wore It Better: The Exposed Brick Wall

Old school versus new guard

Written by –
Jess Ng
on August 11th 2018
Born and raised in the UK, Jess is NONAGON’s resident historian turned marketer turned writer, drawn to Hong Kong by the lure of dim sum breakfasts and bustling city life. A foodie who loves to cook, food occupies 70% of her brain 90% of the time. When not eating, Jess can typically be found buried in a book or obsessing over making NONAGON’s Instagram #feedgoals.

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

Trendy mid-century modern Tribeca loft with exposed brick wall, leather sofa and wood accents, designed by Frances Mildred |
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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

Bright and breezy boho apartment with white exposed brick wall, floating shelves and greenery |
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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?

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