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All the Pros and Cons of Exposed Brick

Three experts discuss the triumphs and challenges that come with this polarizing design.

There are two types of people in the world: those who love exposed brick and those who hate it. Few design details stir up such strong passions the way exposed brick does. And, regardless of which side you fall on, you probably have a long list of reasons for your stance.

We asked three design experts for their take. Here’s what Susana Simonpietri of Chango & Co., Robert Highsmith of Workstead, and Homepolish interior designer Justin DiPiero say are the biggest pros and cons of the style.

PROS OF EXPOSED BRICK

1.Your home will never go out of style.
 If you want a timeless touch in your home, an exposed brick wall will help you get it. “To me, a beautifully finished space with exposed brick is both modern and elegantly nostalgic of the past,” Simonpietri said.

2. It’s easy to cover.
It’s just like any other wall, which means you can paint it. As Highsmith puts it, “Paint can unify the tone of a room, and allow the exposed brick to simply act as texture, rather than color.”

3. It provides instant warmth. 
Simonpietri and DiPiero agreed that it adds a certain charm to a space, and brings a cozy element to even the sparsest of rooms.

4. You get a pre-existing accent wall.
DiPiero notes, “you get all the benefits of dimension in a room without having to do any of the work of installing wallpaper or having an intricate paint job done.”

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