Decorating Ideas for a Red Brick House

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A red brick house may seem like a constraining, traditional style to some people, but to others it creates a rich, textured backdrop that has a bit of old-world charm. Design trends have opened up the possibilities for red brick house decor, with bohemian modern and mid-century modern looks that are just as appropriate as the more traditional and folksy styles.

Palette

  • If you prefer the classic look, your red brick home will center around warm and cozy colors. Stained wooden furniture features tones of espresso, dark chocolate and mahogany. Rusty reds and bits of cobalt blue add a dash of color. However, a more modern take on the red brick house incorporates more lights and brights. Some people go so far as to whitewash or whiten red brick walls, which allows the texture and some of the color to show but smooths out and lightens the look. Pops or brighter colors such as yellow, orange, deep green and marigold work well as accents. If there is enough white to balance the look, black furniture or trim add a bold look to a red brick interior.

Furniture

  • In these days of ecodesign and DIY projects, flea market finds, yard sale leftovers and attic treasures are the perfect pieces for giving a red brick house a homey, rustic look. Old ranch furniture, farmhouse tables, wooden stools and rusted metal farm tools evoke a farmhouse or cottage lifestyle. Repurpose an old wooden door as a tabletop or headboard. Outdoor furniture looks perfect in a red brick interior. Try a French bistro set in the kitchen as a breakfast nook or use wicker tables as nightstands.

Accessories

  • Textiles can work wonders against red brick, softening the overall look. Antique white and crisp white are at home here, particularly if they feature embroidery, lacework or trim that adds dimension to the surface. Minimalist window coverings keep the interior from being bogged down by the red brick. Drape sheer window scarves over the top half of the window, leaving the bottom half of the window exposed or, conversely, hang translucent cotton curtains halfway down the window frame, leaving the top half of the window exposed. Throws, pillows, floor cushions and rugs featuring bright graphics add visual pop to a folksy interior, giving the look a little modern edge.

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