Deciding How to Treat Your Exposed Brick or Stone Wall
Having or creating an exposed brick or stone wall is only half the battle. Deciding how to treat it… from the trimwork, to the finish (paint, or natural) to the art you place on it can change the overall appearance of the wall and the room.
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Part of that decision, of course, has to do with the overall decor aesthetic that you want to achieve. A rustic-looking distressed brick wall may not suit an overall sleek and modern living room. However, with the proper treatments, the options are endless.
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The one thing I would caution you is about painting brick walls. Although the look of painted brick walls can be exceptional, once the brick has been painted it is not easy to “un-paint” it. Brick and stone are both porous, so when paint gets on the surface, it soaks in and can be very difficult to remove. Be sure about your decision before you paint that brick wall.
If you’re not 100% sure what you want to do, hang some art for now until you can be sure.
(Ok, technically… this probably doesn’t belong in this article. But that sign is FANTASTIC!!!)