6 Tips for Painting a Faux Brick Wall

Design a faux brick wall over a plain white one to add color and a decorative touch to an indoor or outdoor spot. Bricks represent warmth and sturdiness, which is exactly what your living room, kitchen or an outdoor wall might be begging for. The key, however, is to achieve such perfection that it looks like a real brick wall, or the work of a professional. Keep these tips in mind when painting the selected wall.

Tip 1: Use Appropriate Tools

Although complicated tools are not required to paint a faux brick wall, using appropriate tools affect the final results. Use good quality paintbrushes and paint so the work of an amateur and professional looks the same.

Tip 2: Apply Primer

A base layer of gray paint that imitates cement is important to make a faux brick wall realistic. However, it should be kept in mind that faux finish does not sit well on flat paint; therefore applying a base layer is essential. Allow the base coat to dry thoroughly before proceeding to prevent blotches.

Tip 3: Shape the Bricks

You can choose from different kinds of brick styles to give different perspectives to your painted wall. Consider the surrounding area when selecting the faux brick style. For instance, select an old brick style for a wall in a room with traditional carved wooden furniture. Conversely, paint brand new bricks for a modern look. Hand painting is the best method to customize old-brick style; however, masking tape can be used for neatly built new bricks. Stencils provide an alternative for unsteady or inexperienced painters not well suited for hand painting. It is important to wait for the base paint to dry when using masking tape or a stencil. 

Tip 4: Select Appropriate Colors

Selecting unrealistic brick colors for a faux brick wall is a common mistake homeowners make. The colors of the brick paint should be similar to an actual brick. Bright red or pinkish-red bricks steal the intended effect from the wall and add artificiality to the room. Similarly the color chosen for the cement should complement the bricks. Earthly colors appear to be more realistic than pure colors. As a result, you should play with different mixtures of colors to hit the right shade.

Tip 5: Apply Artistic Strokes

Multiple brushes should be used to paint multiple shades on a single brick. One shade of the color painted throughout in big brush strokes will give a bland look. The bottom of a brick should be given a darker shade than the upper edge of the brick. Small brushes should be used, a new one for each shade, to make small artistic strokes for painting bricks.

Tip 6: Finishing Touches

Step back and review your work to make sure it looks realistic. Dab a clean, soft cloth on the painted wall to provide the realistic glazed look. Depending on personal taste, glaze the gray linings along with the bricks for added effect. Wait up to 48 hours for the paint to dry before placing furniture in front of it.