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Red Brick In The Kitchen

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Red Brick In The Kitchen

Brick walls in the kitchen. You’d imagine red brick in the kitchen might not be the best combination. But you’d be wrong. The last few years have seen home builders, homeowners and kitchen designers including the beauty of a brick wall in the kitchen with more and more frequency. Because of brick’s texture, timeless character and undeniable charm, red brick in the kitchen is becoming a popular choice. In the past, red brick in the kitchen was considered a rustic finish only fit for a farm house or country cottage. But not any more.

Today you’ll find brick used in a wide variety of kitchen styles ranging from ultra modern, industrial, contemporary, colonial and even beachy. From entire brick walls to a simple brick backsplash. Red brick in the kitchen is a great way to add elegance and personality to an interior design typically dominated by tile and stone. But no matter what your reason for wanting to include brick, there’s no doubting the fact that interior brick walls are back in style and definitely here to stay.

Red Brick Kitchen: A Growing Trend

Gone are the days when brick walls in the kitchen are covered up and painted over. Interior brick in general is no longer seen as an eyesore or an old fashioned style. But despite the growing popularity of exposed brick walls, most of us would rather use them in the living room than in a modern kitchen. This often comes from the misconception that brick walls are hard to clean and might be considered too rustic for the kitchen. The idea that red brick won’t work in a contemporary kitchen is an opinion that’s both outdated and untrue.

In fact, an exposed brick wall in a modern kitchen ends up becoming the star of the room as it provides the perfect backdrop to highlight architectural features and other elements. Red brick in the kitchen is versatile and can be used sparingly as an accent addition, a backsplash, or in a grander fashion by including an entire red brick wall. Bold and beautiful, red brick used in the kitchen is a fantastic design choice that will serve you well for years to come. And isn’t that hard to clean.

Ahead we’ll explore example pictures of some of the most beautiful kitchen designs in the world that all have one thing in common. Red Brick.

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Red Brick Walls In The Kitchen

A brick wall in the kitchen is both timeless and trendy. And it’s a lot more than just a rustic, country cottage look. That might sound a bit strange to some, as something that’s timeless often goes off trend eventually. But a red brick wall in the kitchen is something that currently falls into both the categories. Brick provides a classic allure as it consistently tops the rising kitchen design trend list.

Part of it’s charm is down to the renewed popularity of industrial and loft style kitchens. Especially in cities like NY and Chicago. Embracing brick’s practical, rugged aesthetics and distinct feel, homeowners are once again falling in love with red brick.

As you can see from the red brick kitchen picture shown above this is anything but a country cottage or farmhouse typically associated with interior brick. The red brick goes beautifully with the real wood cabinets, custom trim, marble countertops and stainless steel appliances. I also love the black framed windows and doors that are also tops on the list of trendy design options.

The exposed real wood beams add a rustic touch that goes perfectly with the brick which is contrasted by the modern black framed windows and modern appliances.

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Keeping Kitchen Brick Clean

Red brick in your kitchen isn’t going to look that great if it’s dirty. Because brick is such a porous material, it can easily absorb grease and other residue that can result from cooking in your kitchen. While it’s true that brick is harder to clean than tile, it’s not that hard. People exaggerate how hard brick is too keep clean. Brick has been used in kitchens and around fireplaces for thousands of years. Some of that old brick is still around today and still looks great. 

Use a wire brush to scrub the bricks clean with a cleanser that’s designed for masonry products. You can pick one up at any hardware store or order them online. There’s even products specifically formulated for use on brick. Try a grout cleaner to scrub dark stains out of your grout. Be careful of areas where the bricks are crumbling. You don’t have to be gentle with most bricks but if something already fragile you don’t want to make it worse by scrubbing too hard.

After cleaning, rinse the wall down with a damp sponge.Brick and cement grout are water resistant so don’t worry about getting them wet.

Once the wall is dry, you can apply a brick sealer to help keep the brick clean in the future. Sealers also help bring out the color of the brick.

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Red Brick Accent Wall

When you want to accentuate a red brick accent wall in your kitchen, it helps to create some contrast. The other surfaces in the room should stand out against the brick which helps highlight both. Choose a light color for the other walls in the room. White walls provide the most striking contrast and helps brighten the room. Gray is also a very popular choice at the moment. Remember that this isn’t one size fits all advise. Choose a paint that’s right for your kitchen and the shade of your brick.

You can also use a cream, ivory or pale yellow shade if you prefer a softer look. Try a lighter cabinet color too. A natural wood finish with is a perfect complement to the red brick. White, cream, ivory, tan or gray can also work for the cabinets. And don’t forget about the hardware. Most appliances are stainless these days but that doesn’t mean your hardware or lighting has to be. Play with a variety of finishes and consider gold. It’s a hot metal used in a light of light fixtures these days.

Use a variety of textures too. Real wood is always great and don’t think that just because your using brick you can’t also use stone or tile. If it’s done right, mixing masonry products can have fantastic results.

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Red Brick Kitchen With Modern Cabinets

Modern kitchen cabinets paired with a brick accent wall is currently a hot trend that doesn’t seem to be slowing down. The stark contrast between the clean cabinet lines and rough brick is what makes it pop. If you happen to live in an apartment, loft or home that already has brick walls then your in luck. All you need are the perfect cabinets to complete the look.  Otherwise you’ll need some faux brick.

Faux brick, or thin brick, is a very thin slice of real brick that’s been cut to a thickness of around 1/4″. They’re installed just like tile with a wall glue and trowel. The joints are grouted just like real brick is using a grout bag and cement. When installed properly you can’t tell the difference between real and faux brick.

The color and style of your brick can make a big difference in the overall look of the kitchen. Bricks come in a variety of colors and condition ranging from very red and brand new to hardly any red with a rough and tumbled finish.

Always make sure to consider the condition and color of your interior brick when selecting everything around it in the kitchen. Your cabinets, wall paint, countertop and trim should all work well with the brick.

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Country Red Brick Kitchen

Because red brick provides a rustic look for your kitchen, pair it with other some other charming pieces to round out the look. Some of the best kitchen designs are inspired by an old fashioned country or farm house kitchen like the example picture shown above. Stone tile like tumbled marble have a textured surface that provides a rustic look for your kitchen floor. For the countertops, go with butcher block or stone to echo the natural look of the brick. Wrought iron accessories like wall sconces or shelving also work well with red brick in a kitchen.

Real wood is always a nice touch as is any other type of natural material. Think “real” when looking for elements that work with the kitchen brick. Use real wood cabinets, real stone countertops, real tile floors and real metals in your brick kitchen. Natural materials all go together perfectly and fit the theme. Black is an underused kitchen color but is perfect with a country kitchen with brick. This kitchen just begs to be baked in or used to cook a Thanksgiving feast.

Prints are also a nice touch for the chairs. You can get away with some interesting prints in a kitchen like this because it fits the country feel. Have fun with the design by throwing in some other creative stuff. Kitchens like this have a lot more options than a modern one does. Modern kitchens tend to be clean and orderly. Very minimalist. But a rustic kitchen can be a fun place to hang out with lots of ornate details, colors, textures and playful elements.

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Rustic Red Brick Kitchen

Creating contrast helps highlight the red brick in your kitchen. Remember that a general principle of any interior design is that contrast helps things stand out. If everything is painted the same color it all just blends in. Nothing pops. You have to add in contrast no matter what the design is or what your colors are. This is as true with a rustic brick kitchen as it is with an ultra modern on.

You can also make the kitchen look even better by carrying the rustic look throughout the kitchen. Another great principle of good design is to pick a theme and stick to it. The theme will help you make all your other design decisions. If your designing a modern kitchen don’t install country kitchen cabinets. It’ll look really weird. A modern kitchen needs modern cabinets and modern appliances, etc. So remember to carry your rustic theme throughout the kitchen.

Because the brick has red tones, include other warm colors in your design. Warm colors work great in a rustic kitchen. They tend to feel more homey and inviting. You can use other earth tones too like greens, browns, tans and yellows. White goes with everything and can also create a striking contrast to your other colorful elements. Display dishes and stone wear in shades of gold or rust. Hang artwork that uses similar colors. And don’t forget to throw in some other natural materials like stone, tile and wood.

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Existing Brick Wall In The Kitchen

Real wood cabinets, a custom island, and new appliances are all an inherent part of most new kitchen designs, and they all have to complement an existing brick wall in the kitchen if you’ve got one. Choosing the perfect finishes will help define the kitchen’s style and give it the feel you want. Open shelves, vintage wood cabinets, metallic accents and a center island with a finished concrete countertop create an industrial style. Sleek contemporary surfaces with clean lines and polished stone countertops turn the kitchen into a contemporary hub. But no matter the style your going for, always consider your red brick wall with every design decision you make.

If you’ve got an existing red brick wall in the kitchen then you have no choice but to work with it. If your adding a brick wall with faux brick that’s different. In that case you can choose from dozens of different brick styles and colors. This gives you the flexibility to choose your bricks and other finishes at the same time. It’s a little easier that way. But if your brick wall is existing you have to work with what you’ve got. If you have a spare brick take it with you when selecting your cabinets, countertops and other finishes. It’ll make matching it a lot easier. If you don’t have a brick to take with you then take the finish samples home with you.

The last thing you want is to order everything and find out later that they don’t go well with your brick.

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Small Kitchen With Red Brick

Have a small kitchen? When it comes to exposed brick walls, that’s not a problem. The beauty of a textured  brick wall brings warm, cozy feeling to small kitchen and helps make it feel more inviting. A real wood kitchen table and real stone countertops with real tile floors all work great with the red brick and help accentuate a natural feel. As we continue to say throughout this article, natural materials all work well together so try and use bits of them where you can.

If you’ve got the budget, a folding door patio is great at creating an indoor / outdoor feel which great increases how big the kitchen feels. A high ceiling with some skylights are also a great touch and both allow in tons of natural light. Natural materials like the brick, wood and stone all look so much better with natural lighting so try and bring as much of into your kitchen design as possible. Natural lighting adds even more warmth to a room that man made lighting just can’t match.

The modern cabinets add some much needed contrast here splitting the room in two equal parts. The modern half and the more rustic half both sharing a very nice island with built in sink. Some colorful plants are always a nice addition to any kitchen design. They keep the room from looking too sterile which honestly isn’t a big problem if you have a red brick kitchen.

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Brick Kitchen Chimney

As we discussed earlier, there are plenty of styles that work well with red brick in the kitchen. And using brick in a functional way without a doubt will put your kitchen’s style at the top of that list. Red brick and chimneys go hand in glove, and with adaptive reuse of old structures becoming a hot trend in the world of home renovations, the brick chimney is definitely here to stay. Coupled with exposed pipes, lots of glass with dark frames and smart lighting, you can create an industrial feel in an otherwise traditional home.

The example picture shown above is a beautiful kitchen design. The red brick chimney with old fashioned stove and exposed piping are the rooms highlights. Pair them with gray cabinets, which goes nicely with brick, and white backsplash and matching white countertop.

This kitchen design has a great mix of styles, colors and textures that all work together to create a wonderful result. Try shaking things up a bit with your design by including modern finishes with the rustic red brick. You’ll notice a theme we keep coming back to which is creating contrast. When everything is the exact same style, texture or color, the room can get a little boring. Try to throw in something that contrasts and adds interest. Red brick in the kitchen is worth considering.

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Kitchen Red Brick And Real Wood

Heavy wooden elements combined with brick walls in the kitchen works with a variety of styles and designs. The use of multiple natural elements in the kitchen is great because they all go together perfectly without detracting from one another. natural materials also tend to be very versatile since they’re not man made finishes. The use of black is also a nice choice as it goes with both the red brick kitchen and natural wood elements used throughout the room.

The kitchen shown in the picture above is a rustic, country design which is all about natural, earthy materials. Wood and brick are pretty much a standard in rustic kitchens so you really can’t go wrong by using them if that’s the look your going for. The light blue walls are also a nice touch as is the use of artwork and patterned drapes. I also really like the variety of finishes used throughout the room. Too many kitchen designers play it safe and stick to one finish. Don’t be afraid to use multiple finishes in the room. They can add a lot of interest.

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Red Brick Backsplash With Marble

Marble goes with just about everything. That’s kind of a steadfast rule of thumb every kitchen designed knows. It’s harder to keep clean that granite and scratches a lot easier but it’s beautiful. And it look fantastic when paired with a red brick backsplash. Check out the closeup pic shown above. That brick really pops against the white marble and you can see some subtle coordination between the gray in the marble and the brick.

The chrome faucet with white handles are the perfect choice and go nicely with the white under mount sink. Black cabinets complete the look which also go wonderfully with the red brick backsplash and marble. All in all this is a perfect combination of finishes that would work well in a wide variety of kitchen styles.

Check out the picture shown below for an expanded view of this beautiful red brick kitchen.

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Red Brick Kitchen With Black Cabinets And Marble

As you can see in this expanded view dark gray, marble, chrome and red brick look great when put together. Stainless steel appliances are pretty much the standard choice in over 90% of custom kitchen built these days. The real wood and black island with real wood chairs are that other natural element we keep referring too that looks perfect with the red brick. Huge porcelain floor tiles in a neutral color and white walls complete the look. The white cushions accentuate the white marble and other subtle white touches seen in the faucet handles.

This kind of kitchen design looks great if you want to keep things simple. It’s a clean, straight forward kitchen design without any fuss. No visible appliances. No clutter. Just clean, simple finishes done very, very well. It’s also a great functional space as the design respects the triangle kitchen design used in all great working kitchen.

The red brick backsplash wall acts as the middle focal point between two floor to ceiling cabinets without a backsplash break. This design really showcases the brick, marble and chrome sinks which is why they added lighting in just the right places. Even the single clock draws the eye into the center red brick wall which is obviously the focal point of the room.

Check out the pic shown below which is another view of this beautiful custom kitchen design.

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Black Framed Kitchen Windows And Doors

Here we see another view of this beautiful custom kitchen. Black is featured not only in the cabinets but also the window and door frames and the kitchen table chairs. It’s a stark color that looks great against the bright white found in the marble, sink and other small places like the faucet handles and clock. Black and white can sometimes feel cold and sterile which is where the red brick kitchen backsplash wall and real wood come into play.

Both the red brick and real wood add a lot of warmth to the room which is why the brick is used as the centerpiece of the room. The great use of real wood here both in the island and kitchen table make the room feel more inviting like a kitchen should. Kitchens in a lot of homes become the place guests and family hang out so you don’t want it feeling too cold. These are first and foremost functional spaces after all.

Notice the perfect triangle design of top working kitchens featured here. Ovens, cook top, sink and refrigerator all at points of a perfect triangle. You’ll want to include this design if you do a lot of cooking.

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Real Wood And Brick Kitchen

An important thing that you need to consider before hanging anything from those old brick walls is their structural integrity. It takes a lot of strength to support really heavy cabinets and could need some reinforcement before you start hanging stuff off the bricks. What we generally do is drill through the brick wall and mount anchors into the studs. This way the weight of the cabinets is on the wall frame and not the bricks.

Here we see a modern kitchen design with real wood cabinet doors, stainless bar hardware and steel countertops. Brick looks great with other natural materials like the real wood and steel. Gray in general is a fantastic color to pair with red brick which is another reason brick looks so good in the kitchen against most appliance finishes. The modern steel finish against the rustic brick creates the perfect amount of contrast in both color and texture. One smooth surface and one rough. One earthy and one ultra modern.

It doesn’t take much brick either. A small brick accent wall like the one pictured above is more than enough to create the desired effect.

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Kitchen Red Brick Accent Wall

A kitchen brick wall provides a vibrant backdrop for showcasing your cherished art work or family photos. Unlike with generic white walls, red brick provides a gallery quality setting that’s far more attractive. Don’t forget to include the right lighting because if you’ve got a red brick kitchen with artwork like the example shown above you’ll want to highlight the art. A red brick accent wall with artwork will instantly be the focal point of the room so make sure it’s not hidden in shadows. A few well placed high hats will do the trick.

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Gray Kitchen Cabinets Brick Kitchen

Those looking for more contemporary kitchen design can try out a neutral like gray or even black to go with the red brick. A red brick wall in the kitchen looks fantastic in a contemporary home where the interior design tends to be clean and minimalist. The use of gray with modern styles with the rustic red brick automatically creates the perfect amount of contrast while accentuating the cabinets and brick.

The gray with brick combination actually makes both elements stand out at the same time. Picture the example photo shown above only with white walls or a typical backsplash. While that design can still look great the cabinets don’t pop like they do against the red brick wall and you also lose the effect of the brick.

If you’ve got a red brick kitchen wall already then it’s easy to add gray cabinets. It’s hard to go wrong here because any shade of gray will go with any color or style brick you’ve got. They’re a very versatile combination that’s hard to mess up.

If your adding a brick wall to an existing kitchen or completely remodeling from scratch then things change a little. You can take your time and choose the perfect shade of gray to match colors within the brick. Red bricks can have small bits of gray, purple, blue or even black within the bricks that you can coordinated with the shade of gray in your cabinets. This can add an interesting additional element to the design.

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Red Brick Kitchens Are Chic

All by itself red brick can make a kitchen very chic. It’s an ideal addition to almost any kitchen or dining area. Since most people assume red brick is only for living rooms or around a fireplace, the use of it in the kitchen instantly draws attention. You can create an entire brick wall, a backsplash, an accent wall or a functional element like around a stove or pizza oven. And brick in the kitchen is a versatile choice that works well with a multitude of styles.  

It’s easy to choose the right shade for your interior since almost all brick manufacturers will give out samples to take home. If your adding brick to your existing kitchen pick up some samples and see what works best. If your designing a new kitchen from scratch take the samples with you when selecting your other elements. Generally the brick samples are small enough to fit in a small bag

A brick accent wall in the kitchen is an easy thing to add and makes a big style impact. In this case the designers went with a lighter brick that flow perfectly with the other lighter shades in the room. This is a very light and bright kitchen so the use of a dark brick would change the entire feel of the room. The white patches in the brick accentuate the light colored walls, cabinets, tiles and trim.

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Kitchen Red Brick Accent Wall

Kitchens with a red brick wall go beyond the ordinary. If this is a look you’d like to try you don’t have to spend a fortune. There are plenty of ways to get the look for a lot less if you do the work yourself. Installing faux red brick is a great DIY project you can do in a day. Faux brick is a great option and doesn’t cost a lot. They go on just like regular tile with wall glue and a trowel. Prices on faux brick ranges depending on the color, type and how much you buy so shop around for a deal. Wall glues cheap too and trowels like 8 bucks. You don’t have to buy expensive wall glue either because the bricks aren’t heavy and they’re textured so the glue will stick easier than if you were installing a smooth tile.

Grout’s not hard to do either. All you need is a mortar bag, cement and a spot to mix it all in. You apply the mortar just like cake filling.

Another simple option once the walls done is to add in some simple lighting to highlight the red brick kitchen wall and some artwork. Throw in some other natural elements like real wood or stone. Red brick looks great with wood floors so if you’ve got them already that’s a big plus.

Red Brick In The Kitchen. Is It Right For You?

As you can see, when discussing the variety of luxury kitchen design ideas available, there are a number of factors and tons of options to consider. Designing a stunning luxury kitchen is about a lot more than just filling it with expensive stuff. Take your time, do your research and carefully plan it out. If you do, in the end, I’m sure you’ll be successful.

With so many great luxury kitchen design ideas to choose from when building a new home or renovating an old one, I hope these tips and inspirational pics will help you in some small way.

 

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