Class & Character: Whitewashed Brick

One of my favorite looks has always been the classic technique of whitewashed brick. Also known as limewash, it is the process of painting bricks in a coating that forms a protective finish that resists stains. It gives it a look that appears as though white paint has worn away over time, but it is actually serving double-duty as both a character-building aesthetic and a preferable way to preserve the brick.

The beauty in the look of whitewashed brick is that it can be used on both exterior and interior brick and suits a number of different styles. The look is timeless and tones down natural red of brick, making it more neutral to suit a variety of color palettes. Check out these beautiful examples to inspire you.

Class & Character: Whitewashed Brick | HomeandEventStyling.comWhitewashed brick on this traditional exterior allows the beautiful greenery and matching shutters around the doors to pop.

Class & Character: Whitewashed Brick | HomeandEventStyling.comGrey shutters and a blue door create a nice contrast against the light color of the exterior.

Class & Character: Whitewashed Brick | HomeandEventStyling.comWhitewashed brick gives this simple entryway a dose of charm.

Class & Character: Whitewashed Brick | HomeandEventStyling.comThe vines and whitewashed brick add tons of aged characters to this home that is, in reality, a new build.

Class & Character: Whitewashed Brick | HomeandEventStyling.comYou can vary how much whitewashing is done on the brick, whether you want mostly white or mostly red showing through.

Class & Character: Whitewashed Brick | HomeandEventStyling.comWhitewashed brick lightens up this breakfast nook and keeps with the elegant, neutral flow of the space.

Class & Character: Whitewashed Brick | HomeandEventStyling.comWhitewashing toned down this red fireplace but kept enough pigment to add a nice accent to this sitting room.

Class & Character: Whitewashed Brick | HomeandEventStyling.comBrick serves as a great option for a backsplash and whitewashing it gives it a more cottage-y flair.

Class & Character: Whitewashed Brick | HomeandEventStyling.comThe brick on this accent wall may have been too overwhelming for the space if left natural, but whitewashing it keeps that loft feel while giving it a more neutral appeal.

Class & Character: Whitewashed Brick | HomeandEventStyling.comOne small accent wall can add a lot of character to a space, like this simple but powerful vignette.

Whitewashed brick has a timeless look that is brimming with character and charm. I’m always recommending it to those who love their brick but are looking to tone it down or give it a more unique flair.

Warm regards,

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