Pros and Cons: Exposed Brick Walls In Your First Apartment

Brick walls are somewhat rare in a first apartment, but they can be a pleasant surprise if you can find them in a low price range. Exposed brick can also present some negatives, however, so read on below to learn about all the important pros and cons to having brick walls in your first apartment.

Pros

An appealing look

The most obvious positive of exposed brick walls in your apartment is the look! Brick walls work great in a rustic or industrial chic decorating scheme, both of which are very popular right now. Many apartments with exposed brick walls are converted from old industrial buildings and have metal piping and large windows that can add to the charm of this aesthetic.

Hard to damage

Brick walls are much harder to damage and put holes in than traditional drywall walls, which keeps your apartment looking nicer and makes it easier for you to retain your security deposit. This makes them a great feature if you have pets or small children in your apartment. Brick walls also get less dirty from fingerprints and spills, which means you probably won’t have to clean them as often as traditional plaster walls.

Generally considered nicer

Brick walls are generally considered to be a high-class touch and a nice finish in an apartment and can lend a more refined feel to your space. This refined feel can make your apartment seem fancier when you have guests over and expand your decorating options so you can use classier decorations like gold finishes and ornate patterns without it looking tacky.

Cons

Moisture problems

Brick walls tend to retain moisture since they’re porous, and this moisture can lead to a variety of problems such as mold and crumbling bricks. The advantage of brick walls in an apartment as opposed to a home you own is that sealing and maintaining them is your landlord’s responsibility.

Tend to get dusty

Since it’s a rough surface, brick tends to get dusty and retain dirt, and it can be very hard to clean. Any thicker grime can also be more difficult to clean, and most typical cleaning methods you’d use on drywall won’t work as well. 

If drywall accumulates dust or dirt you can simply wipe it with a rag, but with interior brick walls, you may need special cleaning chemicals. A masonry sponge or soft bristle brush combined with a cleaner can make cleaning brick walls much easier. But you should only do it with the right materials.

Hard to change the color

While drywall can easily be painted, with brick, you usually have to decorate around the existing red, brown, or pink color. Brick can be painted or glazed over, but most landlords won’t allow you to do that, as this change is much harder to go back over after you leave than painted drywall. If you’re very particular about your apartment color scheme, then exposed brick walls might be a downside for you.

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