Exposed Brick Wall Designs Defining One of Latest Trends in Modern Kitchens

Exposed Brick Wall Designs Defining One of Latest Trends in Modern Kitchens

Real brick evokes nostalgia, warmth and a depth of character like no other. This is a popular material for adding structure to any room. These expansive brick walls are amazing, and kitchens are no exception – you can see brick walls and brick backsplashes there. Let’s take a look at some ideas and advantages and disadvantages of such backsplashes.

Real brick backsplashes

One option to consider is using regular bricks to create an exposed brick backsplash. The downside to using regular bricks is that the back wall is quite thick (and heavy). You definitely can do it, especially if you’re creating an entire brick wall for the room and you don’t mind losing a few inches of space and your kitchen can support the extra weight. If you only want to use brick between your kitchen counter and upper kitchen cabinets, something thinner would be much more practical than building an entire brick wall and covering most of it with cabinets.

a black kitchen with base cabinets and open shelving, brick walls as a backsplash, a white kitchen island and a pendant lamp

a black kitchen with base cabinets and open shelving, brick walls as a backsplash, a white kitchen island and a pendant lamp

A blue shabby chic blue kitchen with dark countertops and a red faux brick backsplash for texture

A blue shabby chic blue kitchen with dark countertops and a red faux brick backsplash for texture

a bold blue kitchen with dark accents and a red brick backsplash and shiny metal accents

a bold blue kitchen with dark accents and a red brick backsplash and shiny metal accents

A bright blue kitchen with white countertops and glass pendant lamps is made more striking by red brick walls

A bright blue kitchen with white countertops and glass pendant lamps is made more striking by red brick walls

A chic farmhouse kitchen with a statement white brick wall that doubles as a kitchen backsplash

A chic farmhouse kitchen with a statement white brick wall that doubles as a kitchen backsplash

A dove gray kitchen with shaker cabinets, white stone countertops, open shelving and a whitewashed red brick backsplash

A dove gray kitchen with shaker cabinets, white stone countertops, open shelving and a whitewashed red brick backsplash

A dove gray kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, black countertops, a white brick wall and potted plants, and a black range hood

A dove gray kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, black countertops, a white brick wall and potted plants, and a black range hood

A dove gray kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, white countertops, open shelving, red brick backsplash, and brass accents

A dove gray kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, white countertops, open shelving, red brick backsplash, and brass accents

a dusty blue farmhouse kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, gray stone countertops, a brick wall, and a large window with lots of natural light

a dusty blue farmhouse kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, gray stone countertops, a brick wall, and a large window with lots of natural light

A farmhouse kitchen with a yellow brick backsplash looks cool and interesting, and metal accents add a retro feel

A farmhouse kitchen with a yellow brick backsplash looks cool and interesting, and metal accents add a retro feel

Thin brick backsplashes

A thin brick backsplash (or brick veneer backsplash) gives you the authentic brick look you want – because it’s real brick – but it’s only ¾ inch thick. This makes it easier to work with in a backsplash area or even on large walls in your kitchen. This gives you all the benefits of real brick with the advantage of not as much weight, cost and space.

a navy blue kitchen with white stone countertops, open shelving, green plants and pendant lamps, and a red brick backsplash

a navy blue kitchen with white stone countertops, open shelving, green plants and pendant lamps, and a red brick backsplash

a neutral farmhouse kitchen with white cabinets, a red brick backsplash, and some metal lanterns over the island

a neutral farmhouse kitchen with white cabinets, a red brick backsplash, and some metal lanterns over the island

A pretty IKEA Metod kitchen in light gray with black handles, butcher block countertops, a whitewashed backsplash and black appliances

A pretty IKEA Metod kitchen in light gray with black handles, butcher block countertops, a whitewashed backsplash and black appliances

A red brick backsplash is a catchy idea for any kitchen, plus it's very affordable and adds structure

A red brick backsplash is a catchy idea for any kitchen, plus it’s very affordable and adds structure

A red brick wall adds texture and color to the room and contrasts with the elegant cabinets

A red brick wall adds texture and color to the room and contrasts with the elegant cabinets

A red brick wall and richly stained wood cabinets create a masculine vibe in the kitchen, with black pendant lamps above

A red brick wall and richly stained wood cabinets create a masculine vibe in the kitchen, with black pendant lamps above

a Scandinavian kitchen with white bricks that serve as a background and even a back wall

a Scandinavian kitchen with white bricks that serve as a background and even a back wall

A shabby red birch wall and a darkened metal hood add interest to the space, and stone countertops match

A shabby red birch wall and a darkened metal hood add interest to the space, and stone countertops match

A small farmhouse kitchen with beige cabinets, a red brick backsplash, and marble countertops

A small farmhouse kitchen with beige cabinets, a red brick backsplash, and marble countertops

Benefits of Brick Backsplashes

Brick has a rustic charm that cannot be matched by any other material. Obviously it is very durable and strong. Bricks can withstand a lot of wear and tear. You don’t have to worry about contact with heat. It is also very unique and can give your home a unique atmosphere.
You can have the brick laid in different patterns, e.g. B. in herringbone pattern, in basket weave, in running bond (traditional pattern) or in stack bond (with rows of bricks stacked on top of each other).
Real brick represents luxury in today’s modern kitchens and shows that your kitchen has the highest quality materials. In many luxury markets, it can even add value to your home at resale (check with your builder or real estate agent about your market).

A vintage kitchen with white cabinets, copper hardware and a white faux brick wall highlighting the range hood

A vintage kitchen with white cabinets, copper hardware and a white faux brick wall highlighting the range hood

an inviting, modern farmhouse kitchen with white cabinets, richly stained countertops and a red brick wall

an inviting, modern farmhouse kitchen with white cabinets, richly stained countertops and a red brick wall

An inviting white farmhouse kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, a metal hood, dark-stained wood beams and a red brick backsplash

An inviting white farmhouse kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, a metal hood, dark-stained wood beams and a red brick backsplash

A white brick wall gives the room structure while also matching the neutral kitchen decor

A white brick wall gives the room structure while also matching the neutral kitchen decor

A white brick wall fits perfectly into the Nordic kitchen, adding structure and interest

A white brick wall fits perfectly into the Nordic kitchen, adding structure and interest

a white farmhouse kitchen with shaker cabinets, black stone countertops, white shelves and a whitewashed red brick backsplash

a white farmhouse kitchen with shaker cabinets, black stone countertops, white shelves and a whitewashed red brick backsplash

a white farmhouse kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, a red brick backsplash, white stone countertops and an island with a stained countertop

a white farmhouse kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, a red brick backsplash, white stone countertops and an island with a stained countertop

a white farmhouse kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, a white brick backsplash, glass cabinets and stainless steel appliances

a white farmhouse kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, a white brick backsplash, glass cabinets and stainless steel appliances

a white farmhouse kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, a whitewashed red brick backsplash, stainless steel appliances and black handles

a white farmhouse kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, a whitewashed red brick backsplash, stainless steel appliances and black handles

a white farmhouse kitchen with white stone countertops, a whitewashed red brick backsplash, a metal and wood hood and some rustic decor

a white farmhouse kitchen with white stone countertops, a whitewashed red brick backsplash, a metal and wood hood and some rustic decor

A whitewashed brick wall contrasts with the matte black cabinets and adds texture to the room

A whitewashed brick wall contrasts with the matte black cabinets and adds texture to the room

an eclectic kitchen with sleek light and dark cabinets, a red brick wall and bright turquoise chairs

an eclectic kitchen with sleek light and dark cabinets, a red brick wall and bright turquoise chairs

Blue kitchen cabinets with white countertops and red brick walls are a bold contrast idea with a touch of chic

Blue kitchen cabinets with white countertops and red brick walls are a bold contrast idea with a touch of chic

Disadvantages of Brick Backsplashes

Unfortunately, untreated brick is quite absorbent. It can absorb stains from liquids splashed against it. For this reason, a solid brick backsplash (or a thin brick backsplash) may need to be coated with a clear polyurethane sealant (matte or semi-gloss). If the brick is not sealed and comes into contact with a lot of moisture, it may crumble over time. Of course, sealing or painting can solve many of these problems.
Because bricks have a rough texture and many nooks and crannies, it can be difficult to clean bricks (and the mortar between bricks). You may want to locate your stove and/or sink in a remote location to avoid absorbency or cleaning issues. Or you might look at this and decide that it’s okay for you to clean the brick when needed and that it’s no big deal.
Another problem with real brick backsplashes is that efflorescence can occur. This is a calcareous powder that consists of white mineral deposits. Sometimes the water-soluble salts in the brick migrate to the surface of the brick and become visible.

Red brick walls match the richly stained wood and add texture and interest to the kitchen

Red brick walls match the richly stained wood and add texture and interest to the kitchen

White vintage cabinets and red bricks contrast with each other and add structure to the kitchen

White vintage cabinets and red bricks contrast with each other and add structure to the kitchen

Whitewashed brick contrasts with the black cabinets while highlighting them

Whitewashed brick contrasts with the black cabinets while highlighting them

A back wall made of whitewashed brick harmonizes with a shiny gold hood and a green stone countertop, giving the room a historical feel

A back wall made of whitewashed brick harmonizes with a shiny gold hood and a green stone countertop, giving the room a historical feel

a white farmhouse kitchen with shaker-style cabinets and a glossy black brick backsplash that extends along the second wall

a white farmhouse kitchen with shaker-style cabinets and a glossy black brick backsplash that extends along the second wall

A sleek gray Scandinavian kitchen with sleek butcher block countertops, a rough red brick backsplash, frosted glass cabinets and lots of natural light

A sleek gray Scandinavian kitchen with sleek butcher block countertops, a rough red brick backsplash, frosted glass cabinets and lots of natural light

A stylish black kitchen with sleek cabinets, a red brick backsplash, and black appliances looks bold, contrasting, and super chic

A stylish black kitchen with sleek cabinets, a red brick backsplash, and black appliances looks bold, contrasting, and super chic

A clean white Scandinavian kitchen with sleek cabinets, concrete countertops and a rough red brick backsplash that adds interest and chic to the room

A clean white Scandinavian kitchen with sleek cabinets, concrete countertops and a rough red brick backsplash that adds interest and chic to the room

a white vintage kitchen with shaker style cabinets, built-in lights and a large range hood with copper details, a red brick backsplash for a touch of color and interest, pendant lamps and dark stained stools

a white vintage kitchen with shaker style cabinets, built-in lights and a large range hood with copper details, a red brick backsplash for a touch of color and interest, pendant lamps and dark stained stools

a modern white kitchen with white shaker style cabinets, gray stone countertops, open shelving and a red brick backsplash, black wall sconces and pendant lamps

a modern white kitchen with white shaker style cabinets, gray stone countertops, open shelving and a red brick backsplash, black wall sconces and pendant lamps

a gray kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, gray countertops, a red brick backsplash, a vintage metal hood, open shelving and lots of natural light

a gray kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, gray countertops, a red brick backsplash, a vintage metal hood, open shelving and lots of natural light

a white kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, black countertops, a brushed white range hood and a red brick backsplash for a pop of color

a white kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, black countertops, a brushed white range hood and a red brick backsplash for a pop of color

A chic kitchen with white cabinets, gray countertops, a red brick backsplash, and a vintage hood painted white is an inviting space

A chic kitchen with white cabinets, gray countertops, a red brick backsplash, and a vintage hood painted white is an inviting space

A dark-stained vintage kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, white countertops, a brick backsplash, and built-in lights looks sleek, chic, and stylish

A dark-stained vintage kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, white countertops, a brick backsplash, and built-in lights looks sleek, chic, and stylish

a small and pretty Scandinavian kitchen with shaker cabinets, butcher block countertops, a black range hood, a built-in stove and a red brick backsplash that adds interest and focal point to the room

a small and pretty Scandinavian kitchen with shaker cabinets, butcher block countertops, a black range hood, a built-in stove and a red brick backsplash that adds interest and focal point to the room

A green painted brick backsplash is a striking and bold idea for a modern kitchen, it adds color and interest to the room

A green painted brick backsplash is a striking and bold idea for a modern kitchen, it adds color and interest to the room

A rustic dark stained vintage kitchen with rough wood cabinets, black countertops, open shelving, a red brick backsplash and vintage appliances is amazing

A rustic dark stained vintage kitchen with rough wood cabinets, black countertops, open shelving, a red brick backsplash and vintage appliances is amazing

A black vintage kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, stone countertops and a red brick backsplash create a bold and contrasting look

A black vintage kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, stone countertops and a red brick backsplash create a bold and contrasting look

A pretty kitchen with white shaker-style cabinets, gray countertops, a brick backsplash, a rough wooden kitchen island and a white countertop is a chic and stylish idea

A pretty kitchen with white shaker-style cabinets, gray countertops, a brick backsplash, a rough wooden kitchen island and a white countertop is a chic and stylish idea

A beautiful Scandinavian kitchen with sleek white cabinets, wooden countertops, a red brick backsplash, built-in lights and open upper cabinets

A beautiful Scandinavian kitchen with sleek white cabinets, wooden countertops, a red brick backsplash, built-in lights and open upper cabinets

a white kitchen with shaker-style cabinets and black handles, with open shelving, a whitewashed brick backsplash, and a small kitchen island with a concrete countertop

a white kitchen with shaker-style cabinets and black handles, with open shelving, a whitewashed brick backsplash, and a small kitchen island with a concrete countertop

a neutral kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, a red brick backsplash, a stained kitchen island with a stone countertop, and vintage appliances

a neutral kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, a red brick backsplash, a stained kitchen island with a stone countertop, and vintage appliances

A vintage dove gray kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, a vintage stove, vintage range hood and open shelving, and a whitewashed brick backsplash

A vintage dove gray kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, a vintage stove, vintage range hood and open shelving, and a whitewashed brick backsplash

a white kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, a large range hood and a whitewashed red brick backsplash that adds interest, texture and color to the room

a white kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, a large range hood and a whitewashed red brick backsplash that adds interest, texture and color to the room

A white farmhouse kitchen with beadboard cabinets, black handles, a red brick backsplash, and built-in lights is a very cozy space

A white farmhouse kitchen with beadboard cabinets, black handles, a red brick backsplash, and built-in lights is a very cozy space

Faux brick backsplashes

Brick-look backsplashes come in a variety of styles, including tiles, panels, and wallpaper. Each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages, so you can decide for yourself what you like.

A white Scandinavian kitchen with open shelving, a whitewashed brick backsplash, and gray stone countertops is a stylish space with plenty of texture

A white Scandinavian kitchen with open shelving, a whitewashed brick backsplash, and gray stone countertops is a stylish space with plenty of texture

a farmhouse kitchen with gray beadboard cabinets, a brick backsplash and a white range hood, white countertops and vintage pendant lamps

a farmhouse kitchen with gray beadboard cabinets, a brick backsplash and a white range hood, white countertops and vintage pendant lamps

A sleek dove gray kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, white countertops, a red brick backsplash, and neutral curtains is a beautiful idea for an eclectic home

A sleek dove gray kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, white countertops, a red brick backsplash, and neutral curtains is a beautiful idea for an eclectic home

A beautiful white farmhouse kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, a whitewashed brick backsplash, and a vintage metal hood is a beautiful and elegant space to spend time in

A beautiful white farmhouse kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, a whitewashed brick backsplash, and a vintage metal hood is a beautiful and elegant space to spend time in

A white farmhouse kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, black knobs, a whitewashed patterned brick backsplash, and built-in light fixtures and stainless steel appliances

A white farmhouse kitchen with shaker-style cabinets, black knobs, a whitewashed patterned brick backsplash, and built-in light fixtures and stainless steel appliances