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Kitchens with Brick Accent Walls: 50 Modern and Timeless Designs

Gone are the days when old brick walls were carefully and meticulously concealed with more polished, modern finishes. They are no longer viewed as an eyesore, with designers and homeowners keen to showcase the historic past of the home while adding an intriguing textural element. Despite this growing popularity of exposed brick walls, most of us are far more comfortable with using them in bedrooms and living rooms than in modern kitchens. This hesitation comes both from a view that brick walls are crumbly and hard to clean and the fact that they might be aesthetically ‘too heavy’ for the kitchen. But that is an opinion you might soon reconsider!

Urban chic kitchen with sparkling lighting [Design: Zoevox]

Brick walls in the kitchen create a cozy, inviting ambiance and offer a beautiful backdrop that still lets the various elements in the room shine through. They work with a variety of styles, and the 50 captivating kitchens on display today will showcase how you can use them in diverse and innovative ways. Dig in and enjoy the visual delight –

Contemporary Magnetism

The idea that a brick wall does not fit in with the aura of a contemporary kitchen is a notion that is outdated, as shown by the many innovative kitchen designs that we come across daily. In fact, an exposed brick wall in a modern kitchen does exactly the opposite and ends up becoming the showstopper of the space as it defines spaces and highlights architectural features. It can be used as a gorgeous accent addition, a beautiful backsplash surrounded by tile, or in a grander and more extensive fashion with a glossy sheen. Bold, dashing and inimitable, the brick wall in contemporary kitchen will serve you well for years to come, when done right.

Innovative design of the kitchen island also offers a brilliant dining space [Design: architecture et bois]
Brick wall next to the kitchen adds to its visual [From: Corynne Pless]
Gorgeous gray cabinets and kitchen island in kitchen with beautiful brick wall [Design: Jamestown Estate Homes]
Herringbone pattern flooring and brick wall backsplash in the modern kitchen [Design: Concept 8 Architects]
Scandinavian kitchen with gorgeous brick backsplash [Design: Affleck Property Services]

Going Industrial

We did allude to the fact that a brick wall in the kitchen is both timeless and trendy. That does sound like a strange statement to make, as something that is timeless often falls out of the trend list with changing eras. But an exposed brick wall is something that currently falls into both the categories, as it brings a timeless allure even as it consistently tops the design trend charts! Part of this charisma is down to the renewed popularity of industrial and loft-style kitchens. Embracing its practicality, rugged aesthetics and distinct decorating elements, homeowners are once again falling in love with it. The brick wall fits into this schematic seamlessly!

Lovely blue cabinets and bold black refrigerator enliven the industrial kitchen
Contemporary kitchen in London with brick walls and wooden workstation [Design: MDSX Contractors]
False ceiling with a light source above it creates the impression of a skylight in the industrial kitchen [Design: Jane Kim Design / Photography by Eduard Hueber]
Striking pendant lighting and brick walls create a great fusion between contemporary and industrial styles [Design: The Last Inch]
Smart lighting steals the show in this Seattle kitchen [Design: Crescent Builds]

Shelving and Storage

Open shelves, cabinets and custom islands are an inevitable and inherent part of the kitchen design, and a brick wall backdrop must complement the choices you make in this regard as well. Picking shelving and storage for the kitchen with brick walls often ends up defining its style and ambiance. Open wooden shelves, sturdy cabinets with vintage flair, metallic accents and a central island with a stainless steel countertop point towards a definite industrial style. Sleek contemporary surfaces, polished countertops in stone, cabinets with a minimal, glossy appearance and a modern kitchen range turn the kitchen into a contemporary hub.

Beach style kitchen with a tiny, custom island [Design: Rosenberg + Gibson Design]
Custom kitchen island conceals ample storage [Design: GooseNest Interior Design]
Farmhouse kitchen with antique shelf and brick wall backdrop [Design: Handy Home Guys]
Splashes of orange and purple enliven the modest kitchen [Design: The Kitchen Place]
Tiles, brick and handmade decor craft a unique industrial kitchen [Design: Litvinov design]
Unique farmhouse kitchen with a touch of red, blue and white [Design: Maison Maison Interior]

One of the important factors that you need to be mindful of before embracing those old brick walls is their structural integrity. Some of them might not be able to support really heavy cabinets and could need structural reinforcement before you undertake a major kitchen overhaul. But if it is only aesthetics that you are worried about, then almost any style of cabinets work brilliantly with the exposed brick wall.

The Right Shade!

Using a sealant is an obvious must for the brick wall in the kitchen, and depending on the look that you wish to achieve, it could create either a matte or glossy finish. This makes it far easier to clean the brick wall and obviously will preserve its beauty and natural texture. Another favorite among designers is the painted brick wall, as it brings the texture of the brick wall while blending in with the color scheme of the room. Gray is a popular color in contemporary kitchens, but a whitewashed brick wall or one that is painted white can seem equally enticing.

Arched doors, windows and brick walls give the traditional kitchen a Mediterranean vibe [Design: Brian Patterson Designs]
Fabulous way of creating different visual sections in the kitchen with a brick wall [Design: Landing Design]
Whitewashed brick wall and colorful cabinets for the stylish, modern kitchen [Design: Aegis Interior Design]
Concrete, Carrera marble and brick come together in the beautiful kitchen [Design: Kevin Spearman Design Group]

A Classic Range of Styles

Industrial, contemporary and transitional are the most preferred styles in kitchens with brick walls. But we at Decoist are all about going beyond the conventional, and styles such as farmhouse, Mediterranean, rustic, vintage, Victorian and coastal give the kitchen this unexpected and unconventional twist. With the kitchen being the heart and soul of every home, a style and theme that moves away from the rest of the house offers a welcome change in setting and turns those fun family evenings into a special occasion.

Orient P2 pendant adds metallic glint to the Victorian kitchen [Design: Redesign London Limited]
Kitchen and dining room rolled into one [From: Farinelli Construction / Andy Warren Photography]
Color of the bricks gives the kitchen a beautiful, traditional style [Design: Kitchen Design Gallery – Dean Sebastian]
Custom island and chairs bring antique charm to the rustic kitchen [Design: Cameron Stewart Design]
Sweeping Victorian kitchen with high ceiling, brick wall backdrop and an air of dramatic flair [Design: SLC Interiors]

Once again, one can clearly notice a distinct modern influence even in kitchens with traditional and rustic styles as most of us have adapted to the visual of rooms with clean, straight lines and smart ergonomics. And at times it is this sprinkle of modernity that creates a unique fusion of past and present which is enhanced by the exquisite brick wall in the background.

Sherry Nothingam

Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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