The beauty of brick

Brick is extremely versatile and can add character to many areas of your home, says contributing decor editor Candice Botha

I’ve always had a soft spot for brick – it makes me think of old English manor houses and the elegance of times gone by. Brick is no longer just for nostalgic settings and I’ve noticed touches of it in a variety of very stylish places, from contemporary spaces with an industrial feel to country kitchens. It can look rustic or slick and works just as well indoors as out. What’s not to love?gheabc20147195346

An exposed brick wall creates a focal point in the above room by Inspired Outdoor Living, adding interesting texture and a rustic feel.brick feature wall

A brick feature wall works just as well in this contemporary space.Painted exposed brick wall

Painting exposed brick preserves the uneven texture but tones down the colour – perfect for a monochrome space with a mid-century mod feel, such as this room designed by Andrea Kleinloog of Anatomy brick wall

Instead of painting or wallpapering the inside of this bookshelf, the owners of this house, designed by Ellis and Associates Architects, left the brick wall exposed creating a striking feature.brick kitchen wall

An exposed brick wall is a practical option in a kitchen as splashes won’t stain it at all. In this kitchen, by Kuki Jeanne Design, the brick wall contrasts with the sleek cabinetry and glamorous chandelier creating a one-of-a-kind space.high ceiling brick wall

If you have high ceilings in the kitchen, consider an exposed brick wall, like this one in foodie Marlene van der Westhuizen’s house, for a practical alternative to a painted finish. In this room, the brickwork draws the eye upwards, visually expanding the space.archway with brick

By Dezign Interiors lined this archway with brick, turning it into a striking feature.fireplace

Brickwork makes the fireplace stand-out and helps to distribute warmth throughout this living space by Pieter Mathews.water feature

Brick is completely at home outdoors and the ideal finish for this French-looking water feature by Garden Bleu.facebrick house

Monique Mann of Patina Interiors gave her home a contemporary farmhouse feel by incorporating facebrick into the façade. Brick is ideal for building as it’s durable, doesn’t fade and needs very little maintenance (such as a regular costly paint job).

Inspired to add some brickwork to your home? Browse Corobrik’s website and be amazed by the myriad colours and shapes you can choose from.

Happy decorating,