Korneliusz Ryszard. Kitchen Design. May 08th , 2017.
Exposed brick walls can add a charming, rustic look to any room in your home. They work particularly well in a kitchen, where they create a warm, inviting mood that fits the usually bustling social space to a tee. Brick walls also allow for a certain amount of creativity since you will take your kitchen design in several different directions depending on the type of decor that you prefer. The key is choosing the right style to fit the rest of your home's design and surrounding your brick walls with pieces that fit the look.
Brick can have a charming rustic look, so you may want to give the rest of your kitchen a rugged, natural look to complement the walls. Choose wooden cabinets with a natural stained finish – a rich, warm-toned stain can help pick up the red tones in the brick. To really play up the rustic look, opt for wood with obvious knots. For your countertops, go with more wood and choose a butcher block surface, or opt for nonpolished stone like slate or soapstone. When it comes to the color palette, go with earthy shades like chestnut, stone, sand, brick and terracotta. Some cool accent shades can also help complement the warm red brick walls – try blue gray or sage green for a little contrast.
Exposed brick can sometimes give a space a pared-down, almost industrial feel, so you may want to create a simple but edgy look for your kitchen. Metal is key material for industrial decor, which means stainless steel should be a big part of your kitchen design. Stainless steel appliances are a must, but you can also use it for the countertops. Instead of traditional cabinets, opt for open shelving that gives the kitchen an unfinished look. Wood also works in an industrial-style kitchen, so you may want to add a wooden island or dining table – just make sure the piece features clean lines that give it a modern feel.
You don't necessarily have to play up the rugged look of brick in your kitchen. Instead, choose materials and decor that have a more elegant look to contrast with the exposed brick walls. Start with polished marble or granite countertops for a sleek, sophisticated look. When it comes to cabinets, choose decorative wood options – you can stain them with a rich, dark hue or paint them. Black cabinets can give the kitchen a modern look, while painting them white can help open up the space. To really contrast with the brick walls, hang a decorative crystal chandelier in the center of the space so the room has a more formal feel.
If you can’t find a way that you like to decorate around the exposed brick walls in your kitchen, you aren’t necessarily stuck with an undesirable design. Instead, consider painting the brick walls to downplay their appearance and give your kitchen a colorful boost. Keep in mind, though, that removing paint from brick is extremely difficult, so you should think long and hard before picking up a brush. Start by scrubbing the brick with a wire brush and a paste made from salt, powdered soap and water. Rinse the walls clean and allow them to dry for at least 12 hours. Before painting, it’s also a good idea to vacuum the walls to remove any dust. Apply a primer to ensure that the color adheres properly, and use masonry paint for the smoothest, most durable finish. When it comes to choosing a paint color, you can use any shade that you like. White is a traditional option, though, and can help a small kitchen appear larger and more open.
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