Recently, one of my friends moved into a loft style apartment with exposed brick walls and it got me thinking about how wonderful industrial spaces can be. With many downtown lofts you will find that certain raw materials are left unfinished which in my opinion adds character and a sense of history to your space. They often have high ceilings, exposed beams, and interesting wall details that can determine how you arrange your furniture and what lighting is best. Exposed brick is one of my favorite features in these types of spaces because it adds a wonderful texture without ever having to do any work. Whether you choose to add shelving, artwork, paint the brick, or leave the natural distressing, brick can become a focal point in any space.
I suppose there are some drawbacks to living with old brick walls too. In college I had a friend who lived in an old building with brick and after storms he would always have to sweep the floors because there would be a residue of sand and grit on the floor. The air would push through and dislodge tiny particles in the wall. Crazy right? As with any interior that you have fallen in love with though, if you want it badly enough...then you'll make it work. (unless there are major structural problems or a draft..then love it and leave it my friends...you don't want those problems)
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