Faux bricks and cracks make plain beige walls more interesting...
This is a great effect for a room where you want
an aged or rustic
don’t even need to repaint your walls before doing this effect! The
finish on the wall should be flat, and the old standby, “Builder
Beige” actually works great for this, but it will work on almost any
color-- well, any neutral or natural kind of wall
Look around the room and choose the areas you want
“exposed.” It may help to find some colored paper and tape it to
random areas, just to roughly simulate placement, and make sure you
balanced look without overdoing it. It doesn’t have to be the same size
exactly or the same color as bricks, but it will help to get the idea.
sure some go around a corner, connect to a window or doorway, have some
sticking out from where furniture is placed-- it all helps to keep it
looking planned and artificial.
I usually paint my irregular shapes with a very thin
paintbrush, in a
light gray, watered down so it flows very easily. If you are not that
confident, you can draw your outline shape in pencil first. I find it
look away from the wall frequently while drawing the line, or draw with
closed for a bit, so it goes in unexpected directions, and never looks
perfect or measured.
To do the bricks, I make sure to use a level to
start. It just looks
ridiculous if your bricks are crooked, and destroys the realistic
should be between 2” and 3” high, and 5” to 6” wide.
You’ll need to space them about ½” apart to be able to do the
shadowing and highlighting between them. I mix up several brick shades
paper plate, and alternate dipping my brush in each of the colors while
in the bricks. They just shouldn’t be one flat, uniform color. Leave
of the edges rough and jagged. After filling in all the bricks, decide
most of the light in the room comes from the left or the right of the
it comes from the right, as in this photo, use some off-white to just
thin line, sort of lightly and not perfectly, along the top edge and
of each brick. If it seems too obvious, just smear very lightly with
Use a dark, brownish gray to paint a line along the
bottom edge, and
side of each brick, using the same technique as the white. Using a
stencil brush, use the gray paint to sort of buff an area about
¼ inch next to
the dark lines, as shadows. Make sure there is very little paint on the
and scrub back and forth to get a really soft and diffused look,
lighter as you move away from the brick. Use the same method to buff
and highlights randomly on the bricks themselves, to mimic the natural
variations on their surface.
Also shadow and highlight around the whole shape of
there seems to be some depth, and it looks like plaster has crumbled
can paint thin wobbly lines radiating out from the edges to look like
These areas will require a sealer if placed in a
moist or high
Be sure to use sealer with a completely flat finish, and carefully
the “exposed” sections. Any kind of sealer will change the color of
the wall paint slightly, so it is usually easiest to just paint the
with the sealer, so it’s not obvious where it ends.
The faux brick effect would look great in
combination with the
plaster faux finish.