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For a while now it’s been popular to design a home that looks like a small warehouse, complete with black bar windows, exposed pipes and polished concrete flooring.

The interior scheme – known as industrial chic – is believed to have gripped designers everywhere in the late noughties and still has a tight hold on people looking to craft a stylish home.

While weathered wood, Edison lights and industrial shelving are important elements to achieving the utilitarian aesthetic, arguably the wow factor comes from the iconic brick feature wall.

Usually a large display of muted red, grey and cream bricks in a rustic and rough alignment, the brick wall typically transforms a space from a non-coherent look to a bold, edgy and fun design.

BGC Housing Group General Manager Anthony Staltari said the wall type had been big in Western Australia, as buyers increasingly looked to create a space that turned heads.

“Exposed brick has seen a resurgence of late in the internal setting of homes,” Mr Staltari said.

“Feature walls have long been a design trend to create visual impact through the use of wallpaper or feature colours, which has now been replaced in some seatings with feature brick.

“They create a great visual impact and warmth to a home, adding an additional textural element.

“For those customers wanting to generate an industrial look, face brick is great at delivering that feel.”

Mr Staltari said brick walls could be placed wherever a buyer wanted visual impact, but he said some rooms were a better fit for the design feature.

He skipped over bathrooms laundries and minor bedrooms, instead citing rooms that typically had long stretches of wall and height.

Particularly effective are brick feature walls in the master suite behind the bed and in kitchens, used to contrast the cabinetry.

Mr Staltari said he had also seen brick used cleverly as entry statement pieces down a hallway and in wide, open living rooms.

“My thoughts are feature brick works best in a solid wall setting free from windows or doorways and always looks more impactful as a solid wall than with intrusions from windows and doors,” he said.

Under the BGC banner, Aussie Living Home’s The Zone display in Baldivis boasts an example of a bedroom-based feature wall, with a canvas of light cream-coloured brick behind the bed.

TERRACE Home’s The Fitzroy in Cockburn Central showcases a striking stretch of dark brown, red and cream brick down a hallway and under a skylight.

Similarly, Smart Homes for Living’s The Grand Leeuwin in Bushmead draws the eye with a corridor of light red and tan-coloured bricks opposite snowy white wall.

CONTACT

Aussie Living Homes, 9241 4911, www.aussielivinghomes.com.au

TERRACE Homes, 6461 5461, www.terracehomes.com.au

Smart Homes for Living, 9241 1300, www.smarthomesforliving.com.au

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