The easy to way to create a brick feature wall

If there is one interior feature that transcends trends, it is an exposed brick wall: it adds oodles of character, warmth and texture, and looks really cool. I don’t think anyone would argue about the charm of a brick wall, whether it is in a city loft or an extended suburban semi.

Kitchen diner with exposed brick wall - British Standard W10
Image: British Standard

If you like the idea of a brick wall in your home, but aren’t too sure about going through the painstaking task of chipping plaster off a wall and gambling on the condition of the bricks and mortar beneath, don’t worry as there is a much more fail-safe way to have a brick wall – use brick slips! These have the appearance and texture of bricks but are much thinner so can be installed with strong adhesive using techniques similar to tiling, and then pointed with mortar to give the look of a brick wall.

For this post, I’ve teamed up with UK Feature Walls to bring you inspiration for how a brick feature wall can completely change the dynamic of your interior. UK Feature Walls supply, among other products, reclaimed effect brick slips in a range of colours to suit different property and interior styles. These are weatherproof so can be used inside or outside, and heat resistant so can also be installed in and around a fireplace.

Let’s have a look at some beautiful spaces that use brick walls to stunning effect…

Home office with exposed brick wall
Image: Design Sponge

This workspace was handcrafted with salvaged butcher block, planks and pipes. The brick wall backdrop is perfect for the creative vibe here.

Small bathroom with exposed brick wall
Image: Broadway Homes

Small spaces, like this little bathroom, can really take a bold feature. The brick wall looks absolutely gorgeous here, especially teamed with black hardware and accents.

Exposed brick wall using reclaimed brick slips
Image: Dani Ellis

I love how the varying tones of the brick slips used in this dining area are carried through the rest of the design. Beautifully done! For similar brick effect tiles, have a look at the Old Rock Brick Slip Tiles.

Mobilia Amsterdam, photo by Binti Home
Image: Mobilia Amsterdam, photo by Binti Home

If anyone is thinking that brick walls only suit industrial styles, what would you say to this wonderfully eclectic space? For a softer, almost pastel-toned brick feature wall, the Old Natural Light Brick Slip Tiles would work beautifully.

Dining space with a white brick wall
Image: Dedraft

Brick walls make a space feel visually cosy, however if you prefer a bright airy feel yet want something more interesting than a plain plastered wall, how about a white brick wall? UK Feature Walls have you covered for this whitewashed look with their Old White Brick Slip Tiles.

As brickwork creates such a bold feature, you don’t need much in a room to make a big impact. One wall is quite enough, or even a small slice of it can create a gorgeous feature, as shown in the images below.

Image: Laura Epitome Styling

I love these characterful brick niches with recessed downlights – much more interesting than a plain plastered wall!

Hackney kitchen with exposed brick border by Humphrey Munson
Image: Humphrey Munson

A high level brick border is a gorgeous design detail that adds charm and warmth to this classic kitchen.

Kitchen with brick pier. Designed by Studio Muir
Image: Design by Studio Muir, photography by Nicole Franzen

The supporting pier in this extended kitchen has been made into a character-adding feature by exposing the bricks. If you have a pier too, consider cladding it in brick slips for a similar effect.

What do you think of brick walls? I’m so partial to them that I’m considering having one in the open plan space that we plan to create in our home, to zone the dining area. Would you have a brick wall in your home?

This post is in collaboration with UK Feature Walls. If you’d like to see examples of how their products are used in interiors, you can check them out on Instagram or Facebook.


    • Meera
      4 July 2018 / 8:46 pm

      Thank you Becky! Glad you like 😊

  1. 27 July 2018 / 6:19 pm

    Oh some beautiful examples of exposed brick in here! Particularly love the wall behind the round dining table and the chair colours with it x

    • Meera
      28 July 2018 / 8:19 pm

      Yes, that’s one gorgeous space! x

  2. 7 August 2018 / 8:21 pm

    I’m so tempted by an exposed brick wall when we eventually do our ground floor extension, this is such beautiful inspiration X

    • Meera
      9 August 2018 / 9:11 pm

      So am I, Lins! And thank you, glad you enjoyed the inspiration 🙂 x

  3. 7 August 2018 / 10:19 pm

    We’ve got two exposed brick walls in our conservatory!! As the house is listed, part of the proviso of building it was to leave the walls exposed. I love them — it definitely adds character. Cannot WAIT to see your extension when it’s complete! xx

    • Meera
      9 August 2018 / 9:12 pm

      It’s so great you already have exposed brick walls that you get to keep, Caro! I’m really excited to see the results of your building work too! 🙂 xx

  4. ASR
    26 July 2019 / 10:54 am

    Very nice blog. helpful too! Im getting a feature wall for my kitchen using London weathered yellow bricks from brickslips uk. please could you advise whats the best spacing to be used to lay these bricks- 5mm or 10mm? 10mm to me is too much of a gap..but your advise will greatly help me decide and tell the builder

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