Decorative brick is a fairly popular type of decorative material. It was initially used to finish the facades of buildings. Having gained popularity, this material actively used in interior design. Today it is the most popular type of decoration in common rooms. Wall with decorative brick have their pros and cons.
Strength and weakness
Decorative brick is a beautiful and stylish finishing material that has the following advantages:
- It able trimmed with a larger surface than brick, without being afraid of excessive loads on the light weight building foundation.
- In areas with enhanced high- strength cross-country capabilities, it is allowed to use decorative bricks.
- Ease of care and resistance to mechanical influences makes it possible to apply such a finish in an apartment with pets.
- There is a possibility of partial replacement of it. if one brick element damaged (there is no need to change the entire wall covering);
- A wide price range , a huge model range with a huge variety of colors and designs, allows you to choose a material for every taste and wallet.
A popular analogue of clinker and decorative brick
Among the variety of products offered, it is important to consider: When tiling walls with decorative bricks, tiles that simulate the appearance of brickwork usage. It is called A popular analogue of clinker and decorative brick. The advantage of this product is that it is quite light in weight and thin. This allows you to finish so as not to reduce the effective area of the room. Clinker tiles are much more expensive than conventional decorative bricks and characterized by increased performance. It is dense and durable, comes in a wide color palette and has a smooth surface.
Decorative cement bricks
It is made by hand, its components are sand and clay. The technical parameters of the raw materials similar to conventional bricks, although the coating is fragile and must carefully handled during installation and operation. The surface of this material is rough and embossed. When cleaning walls decorated with decorative cement bricks, you can not wet the surface or use chemicals. The material is environmentally friendly and is suitable for the design of residential rooms.
The disadvantages of cement coatings are that when cutting, they generate a large amount of dust and require compliance with the air humidity regime. This indicator should not exceed 50%. In the manufacture of granite, marble and combinations of quartzite with polymer clay oftenly used. This improves the operational properties of the material, which increases the strength and durability of the brick.
Artificial gypsum stone
This material is the most affordable type of decorative decoration for rooms, and due to its low weight, it can installed on drywall. Gypsum brick is brittle enough and does not tolerate conditions of high humidity (excessive moisture can deform and destroy the brick). After installation, it covered with a special water-repellent varnish. The wear resistance of the coating increases, the material used for decoration of walls in the vestibules and other rooms.
Dyes added to obtain different shades of the raw material from which the brick is made. This method takes into account the possibility of choosing any color (interior colors, furniture colors, soft contrasting colors) and produces products with a wide color spectrum. The color scale of the brick affects the visualization of the room. For example, for small and narrow corridors, a glossy white finish is suitable. It visually increases the space and brings freshness to the interior.
When buying a brick, there is a technology of coating it with a special composition, since the color difference is almost invisible, due to the slightly different shades. This technique allows you to mask the masonry that has new defects in the fragments, but which has a difference in the outer and inner colors of the material, but which insignificantly shattered.
When decorating the room with decorative bricks, it is necessary to determine the area of the surface you want to decorate. Then calculate the required amount of material and add 10-15% of the required amount to buy the raw material. Loss of material taken into account in the case of inventory adjustments, cuts, or accidental damage. In order not to use extra bricks, it is possible to delineate the boundaries of the bricks and prepare a layout for carving (this is especially important for bricks of different shapes and sizes). To simplify the work, the arrangement can performed without forgetting to take into account the distance from the floor to the wall alignment and the seam (if the pieces do not match, you can correct the stacking order).
Preparation before applying brick wall decorative
Decide on the quantity, prepare the wall. This refers to the process of leveling old paint, wallpaper and surfaces. For reliability of adhesion, use a deep penetrating primer. We begin to install bricks from the corners. This is problematic as you don’t have to adjust the elements at the junction of the walls. When working, it is necessary to use special adhesives for certain coatings. Bricking is carried out from the bottom up according to the following technique. The docking seam between the bricks of the first row is located in the middle of the bricks of the next row. Seamless technology used when laying out materials containing shale and sandstone.
When the glue dries, it is necessary to wipe the surface with a damp cloth (dust and other impurities can easily removed). It will take several days for the solution to dry completely. If antifungal treatment not applied to the production of bricks, then the lined surface must independently covered with a special solution. This is a water-based varnish that protects the surface from contamination and accidental mechanical influences. It is applied after drying, gives the walls a glossy shine and visually expands the space.
Brick wall decorative for room treatment
A budget option allows facing one wall, on the surface of which it is better to place arches, mirrors or niches. Bricks for this repair not needed much, and the decorative effect will pleasantly surprise. For a better design, you should buy a lightweight, wear-resistant material. When choosing the base color tone for the walls, do not choose too dark shades. Given the purpose and specificity of the room, it is desirable to use easily washable materials.
After completion of work, the surface recommended to coated with a spray, the color of which will be darker than the shade of the artificial stone. This makes the surface more expressive. An interesting technique is to assign the outlines of the masonry with bronze or dark gold paint. Creating brickwork varnish will help additional coating with acrylic lacquer, and properly exposed lighting will emphasize the aesthetics of artificial stone and create a stylish and solid room.
A huge range of decorative bricks can be used in different style directions. When facing it is important to consider that the walls in a small room will not look beautiful if they made of floor-to-ceiling bricks. This room looks chaotic and heavy. It is better to carry out the decoration in fragments. It occupies a small area of the corners, the junction of the walls, the doors and arches, the visible surface of the main wall. With the help of brickwork, it is possible to zoning the premises.
White polished bricks look great on the porch in the style of Provence. Suitable for loft style. The combination of black and white brick looks great in the style of minimalism or high-tech. For the ethnic African style, bricks of different sizes, yellow, maroon tones, with clearly expressed relief patterns should used. For Scandinavians, it is better to choose light wood and matte surfaces. The classic style room is better to decorate with brown narrow elements, using the technique of laying with seams. At the same time, you can repeat similar brick inserts near the fireplace and doorways.
How to choose?
When choosing a brick for finishing the room, you should consider the design of the room and furniture. The material should harmoniously harmonize the space without being chaotic. To do this, you need to decide on the style, color and texture of the brick and choose the appropriate option. The final price of the installation will depend on the raw material from which the material made. Glue and varnish are selected depending on the type of brick.
The use of artificial stone as an exterior material used for interior decoration, including porches and corridors, is rapidly gaining popularity. The competent use of this aesthetic and durable material allows you to perfectly decorate the room and properly place accents.