Finding an old covered up brick wall in a historic home is almost like winning a small lottery. It’s a piece of the original structure which holds so much history, charm and beauty which is enhanced by the fact that it survived for so long. Time went into carefully crafting these walls by hand and the years have perfectly aged the brick. While it can be difficult to achieve the same appearance using new materials it is absolutely possible.
Ways to Create a Faux Brick Wall
If you are lucky enough to uncover a real brick wall in a desirable location within your home there is no need to read any further. But if you are like the rest of us who may live in a newer home without any real brick, continue reading for relatively cost effective ways to introduce this beautiful material into your home.
Wall paper has improved so much in the last couple years that it has been made more realistic then ever before. You can find a pretty good representations of almost any type of material and texture including brick. Most wallpapers come pre-glued to simplify installation which means you can have a new brick wall completed within a couple hours.
Painted Faux Brick
Paint is a very versatile material to work with because it can be used to create many different types of faux finishes. Thicken paint or add additives to achieve more texture or layer colours for the appearance of real brick. It can even be used to make it look like the wall is crumbling and exposing brick underneath.
Faux Brick Panels
Faux brick panels do cost more than wallpaper or paint but they look so realistic that you can easily fool family and friends. These panels are shaped from polyurethane which makes them incredibly light, durable and easy to install which means there is no need to consider weight restrictions for certain walls. They can be cut to fit into any space and they seamlessly interlock into each other for a continuous and flawless finish.
Brick veneer is probably the closest material to the real thing. They are thin tile like pieces of brick that essentially install like any other tile; they require a mud backing and a finishing of grout. Once complete they look exactly like a real structural brick wall but since they are thinner they don't add nearly as much weight and they cost a fraction of the price. These brick veneer tiles do take much more time and dedication than any of the other options and is recommended that you hire a professional to install it.