The beauty of exposed brick


For those seeking an industrial chic vibe, exposed brick is often an attractive architectural feature. Despite its appeal and beauty, exposed brickwork has its pros and cons. How do you hang artwork or mirrors? Should the brick remain raw or should it be painted? Designers have their own do’s and don’ts when it comes to retaining the beauty of brick.

Here are a few tips :


1. Use angled mirrors. Angled mirrors allow you to add them as a visual element without having to worry about hanging them up.

2. Incorporate other industrial elements into your space, such as steel and wood.

3. Leave exposed brick unpainted if you are looking to preserve the natural element and appeal of exposed brick.


1. Don’t ignore the possibility of hanging artwork. Some drill bits will allow a screw for hanging purposes.

2. Don’t shy away from opportunities to showcase exposed brick in an interesting way, such as a natural backsplash or architectural focal point.

3. Do not paint exposed brick without incorporating a primer, otherwise full coverage will be difficult to achieve.

New York-based Cathy Hobbs is an Emmy Award-winning television host and nationally acclaimed interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. [email protected] or visit her website at

Graphic artwork helps create an industrial feel to this den space. (Scott Gabriel Morris/TNS)


A living room with an exposed brick wall is paired with black and brass accents. (Scott Gabriel Morris/TNS)


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