Inspiring Interiors

White brick.

There’s something I really love about white bricks. It’s a contrast of texture and roughness with uniformity and a kind of secrecy—almost like hidden treasure.

This is at the BDDW in Soho. A few years ago, Apartment Therapy did an article on how to (maybe) get your brick walls to look like theirs, but apparently it’s a bit of a secret recipe.

Great backsplash, right? From Alvhem, a Swedish real estate site.

Interior by UXUS Design (via Design Crisis).

In case the bar cart wasn’t a tip-off, this is at Studio Aalto, Alvar Aalto’s design office in Helsinki. There’s a great tour of the entire office at Apartment Therapy.

Is there any doubt that this is going to be the most amazing kitchen ever? It belongs to Heather and Fernando over at Get to Fixin’, it’s still in progress, and I plan to rip it off as much as I can when it comes time to overhaul my own kitchen (which has nearly the exact same layout, right down to the hearth).

Photo by Hotze Eisma; Photo by Lisa Cohen.

I’m pretty much in love with everything about Andreas’ Greektown loft. Sigh.

From Inspace Locations; Photo by Hotze Eisma. (Yes, I know it’s black! I’m just making sure you’re paying attention.)

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  • Reply deborah December 18, 2009 at 12:48 am

    oh boy. these are pretty dreamy. i can tell you that white brick isn’t always great. my office building is white brick and well; it doesn’t suit the medieval architecture.

    but these white walls, and all those accents are all together stunning. and those black floors… oh my.

  • Reply Kate December 18, 2009 at 12:48 am

    I love white brick, too. I have exposed brick on either side of the fireplace in my living room and I’ve been thinking about painting it white. I think it would look awesome, but I know it would be a giant pain to undo if for some reason I decided I didn’t like it.

    Even though it’s black, the brick in the last picture looks pretty cool. I’d love to have a room where I could get away with that.

  • Reply belinda December 18, 2009 at 12:53 am

    …and now i want a house made from brick so i can paint it white! lovely images

  • Reply Live a Colorful Life December 18, 2009 at 2:07 am

    The greektown loft. Perfection.

  • Reply Rosie December 18, 2009 at 2:28 am

    Rockin’. Love the white…and the black!

  • Reply the brick house December 18, 2009 at 2:44 am

    oh now I wanna make the exterior of my house look like BDDW’s interior walls. such a great soft texture – and I see in the AT post that it’s just joint compound and paint…hmmmm.

  • Reply cotton and cinnamon December 18, 2009 at 4:23 am

    there’s something so clean about white painted brick, but also something that’s really comforting and kinda British maybe!

  • Reply Jenni December 18, 2009 at 5:49 am

    Oh, I love the kitchen from Alvhem! I’m planning a new kitchen, and that picture has given me so much inspiration. And hey, we’ve got brick walls in our apartment, and the one in our bedroom is white! 🙂

  • Reply Danielle December 18, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Wow…It’s amazing to look at the contrast of the shadows against the white and paint painted brick. I have brick in one room that I haven’t painted, but thought about…This may have inspired me.

  • Reply the domestic fringe December 18, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Beautiful! I love when bricks have been painted.


  • Reply jan December 18, 2009 at 11:13 am

    i have a fireplace i’ve been dying to paint white! thanks for these!

  • Reply lara lewis December 18, 2009 at 11:15 am

    we moved into a new house recently, and i’ve been debating about painting the brick wall in our entryway…now i know this is something i want to do. the pictures are lovely!

  • Reply coral December 18, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Everytime I see that bddw picture I am *so* tempted to paint the brick walls in my living room. But it is definitely one of those things that once you do it’s very hard to undo. So orange they stay, at least for now!

  • Reply Heather December 18, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    You may have seen this already, but Tyler Hays from BDDW talks more about his “recipe” in the first couple of comments on the AT article. I believe he just uses drywall compound.

  • Reply genevieve December 18, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    these are really making me miss the loft we lived in before buying our house. we painstakingly painted over the sickly, industrial pale yellow brick walls with a creamy, white satin paint and, although it took forever, it was of course worth it. the person who moved in after us then painted each brick individually in a variety of colors…

  • Reply heather December 18, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    whoa – I started to read that post and realized that something looked familiar! I’m a little ashamed because the holiday season has made us neglect the poor kitchen. Thankfully it’s functional. I hope to see it finished one day too! 😉

    Ooh la la Alvar Aalto – that brick wall is super amazing.

  • Reply Patchwork Harmony December 18, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    you’re so right – white bricks are gorgeous… lovely set of pics. x

  • Reply Erika - 2byDesign December 18, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Yep, loving absolutely EVERYTHING you’ve posted here. I grew up with a mother who painted everything white (and still does), from bookcases to fireplaces and now have a rather mild obsession with this look. Okay, it’s pretty severe but whatever. It’s beautiful!

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  • Reply hallie December 20, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Great pix – I followed Tylor’s directions and did the treatment (joint compound with plaster mixed in to create a hot mix) on my non working fireplace. It looks SO much better now.
    I have pictures on my blog if anyone is interested in the process.
    Wiping it with a wet sponge when it was damp was what gave it that soft, pillowy look.

  • Reply .amanda. December 20, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    when I house shop on line [which is the most fun!] I always say: “I would so paint that fireplace brick white!”

    simply stunning!


  • Reply linda@LimeintheCocon December 20, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    LOVIN” your white brick!

  • Reply Erin @ SYL: Slipcover Your Life December 20, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Hoping to make a trip down to BBDW soon!

  • Reply joanna goddard December 21, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    beautiful! i love all these photos.

  • Reply Urban Flea December 21, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    why oh why do i love white brick so very much? such an awesome round up of pics, thanks for sharing!

    xo katherine aka. urban flea 🙂

  • Reply FROM THE RIGHT BANK December 22, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    I feel the same way. When we were looking a houses recently, I totally fell for one and the main reason was that it was white painted brick. Loving all of these you’ve shown.

  • Reply rebecca December 23, 2009 at 4:10 am

    love white brick! It’s chic rustic at it’s finest!

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    Worried about white texured brick behind an oven. How do you clean grease, red sauce etc off of it

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