Friday, March 28, 2014 9:45 AM EST
I’ve always loved the look of brick walls --the fact that they can be used from the kitchen to the bedroom makes me love it even more. After scouring the internet, however, I’ve learned a lot—not all brick walls are created equal.
Exposed brick and brick accent walls are not the same thing.
Exposed brick walls are usually found in older homes and have been covered with plaster in order to seal the brick from the elements. To take off the plaster, home owners must chisel it off, sand down the brick, and then seal it. If done incorrectly, the brick can crumble, and if each individual brick isn’t sealed properly the dampness created from summer days can attract all kinds of bugs.
Brick accent walls, alternatively, are for newer homes that don’t have brick hidden between the walls. These accent walls require you to buy the bricks to create it, but because they are built inside the home with layers of drywall between them and the outside, they won’t fall prey to critters.
Exposed brick is beautiful, but if done wrong can have huge consequences. Interior brick accent walls are also beautiful but are expensive and time consuming.
Are brick walls, exposed or otherwise, worth it? Have you had any experiences with exposed brick or brick accent walls? Do you or don’t you love them? Let us know in the comments below!