At the heart of the much-loved industrial look is exposed brickwork, celebrating the beauty of raw building materials. Although cool, exposing brick walls can be a messy job, if repointing is necessary to make the brickwork aesthetically pleasing, and it can't always be easily achievable in every style of property - new builds are a great instance where it most likely won't be viable. This is where you can be savvy with brick wallpaper.
It’s perfect for decorating living room alcoves and chimney-breasts to create statement feature walls, or to create an on-trend look in a small room such as the home office, or even a utility room. A big trend for home decorating right now is creating a trompe-l'oeil effect with clever designs, adding textures to walls that are otherwise plain. With the latest realistic brick-effect wallpaper designs and murals you can achieve the perfect pared-back industrial look. Don't believe us? Take a look at a selection of the best new brick wallpaper designs to see how easily you can achieve this look, with some great price points too.
Brick Wall Wallpaper
Want to keep your look light and contemporary? Choose this Scandi-inspired design that emulates the textural quality of real brickwork. This whitewash design would make a bright and contemporary backdrop in a home office. Thanks to it being part of the John Lewis House brand it also comes at a great price too!
Brick Wall Wallpaper, £15, John Lewis.
Brick Vinyl Wallpaper
This design is perfect to embrace on-trend colours with an industrial style edge. I love the fusion of rich copper tones with denim blues, who said bricks had to be dull? This easy-clean vinyl wallpaper features a narrow brick effect design in denim and copper colours.
Graham and Brown Hemingway Brick Decorative Wallpaper
This realistic red brick wallpaper is perfect for adding a more rustic touch to an industrial style decor. The mixed match of brick colours is what gives this designs it's edge, it's not too perfect and that's what bricks are all about - celebrating the imperfections of raw materials. This would be great for rustic cloakroom or hallway for creating that outdoor comes indoors kind of feel.
Grey Brick Wallpaper
For us the peeling paint effect is what gives this design the wow factor! It's a must if realism is your thing and you're looking to create a contemporary loft-living feel. The distressed grey colouring is perfect to add an urban edge to any industrial decorating scheme.
Nu Peel & Stick Wallpaper
Create an understated feature wall with this striking pale grey wallpaper featuring a realistic brickwork design. The unique selling point for this design is the self adhesive element, meaning it attaches to the wall without any messy paste involved - you simply peel and stick.
Graham and Brown White Brick Wallpaper
If you are looking for the painted brick effect, you can't really beat this design. Softer colourways are ideal for smaller rooms, adding texture to walls without overpowering existing decorating schemes. It's also washable so could be a good choice for the kitchen or utility room.
Graham and Brown White Brick Wallpaper, £7.99, House of Fraser.
Caselio Brick Mural
For a really authentic look why not go for a mural? We love this stunning photographic image of a weathered red brick wall - it's a digitally printed design adapted from a photo, so it really is the next best thing to actual brick. It's not cheap, therefore would be more of an investment piece - not an option if it's a space you plan to redecorate within a year or so.
SF Industry Noir Wallpaper
Take a bold approach by choosing black brick wallpaper, where the pattern instantly becomes more contemporary and edgy. Embracing the monochrome trend adds an extra style element to an industrial-style scheme.
Original Brick Wallpaper
This photographic-print patterned wallpaper with a brick wall effect is finished with a sophisticated matt finish.
Colours Red Brick Wallpaper
This is the best of the all-red brick designs we've seen and at such a great price per roll. Detailed printing is used to create light and shadow effects that give this brick effect wallpaper a realistic look. Made with paste the wall technology for easy hanging and removal.
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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.
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