Who hasn’t been charmed by those ingenious interior brick features used as la piece de résistance in NYC-style lofts? Or by those gorgeous warehouse-to-apartment conversions that keep the look of the original interior, telling the story of change and evolution? Eccentric and hip, exposed brick walls can truly transform a space and make it look stylish and inviting. The best thing about it: you don’t need to give your home a complete makeover to refresh its interiors. Focus walls are easy to create and their impact is huge, you just need a bit of creativity and a resourceful contractor to carry out your plans (if you don’t possess any DIY skills yourself, that is).

Here are six beautiful ways to integrate exposed brick walls into your apartment layout and give it an urban, contemporary feel.

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Bring an urban, industrial loft ambiance into your home

There’s something about industrial design that pleases. Maybe it’s the rugged beauty or the less formal style, or maybe it’s the unconventional texture. But be that as it may, it most certainly turns heads. If you’re aiming for a similar effect in your home, you can build brick partition walls throughout and match them with exposed beams or wooden flooring.

Say it with color

Bold colors can do wonders to a space and they also work well with exposed brickwork. An energetic, colorful design can perfectly balance the warmth of brick or natural stone. More than an aesthetic improvement, brick walls can also serve a functional purpose in the kitchen, for instance, as their surface is more durable than traditional wall paint.

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Make a statement with exposed brick in the living room

As the most utilized room of the house, the living room could benefit from the rough charm and rich texture of exposed brick. Its terracotta shades can complement virtually any color scheme and act as a fantastic backsplash for media sets or even a cozy wood-burning fireplace. To maximize the space and bathe it with natural light, you can place a mirror on the wall and keep the windows unobstructed, just like in the image below. Throw in a couple of fun décor pieces or patterned pillows and your living room will captivate your guests every time they drop by, for sure.

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Add character to your bedroom

Who wouldn’t love coming back from a long day at work and enjoying a moment of silence in a cozy sanctuary abounding with positive energy? Well, with its warmth and comforting feel, brick may be exactly what it takes to transform your bedroom into a relaxing nook offering some respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

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Enhance your kitchen area with an industrial look

Perhaps the most stunning effect can be obtained in the kitchen where the rustic-chic looks of a brick wall will perfectly match open or glass-front cabinets while creating an airy feel.

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Transform your rental into a contemporary living space

When living in rental apartments, adding a brick wall might not be the easiest task, as landlords don’t normally approve of such major renovations. However, you can still enjoy the oomph of a contemporary abode by adding faux brick wallpaper to one of your living room or kitchen walls. It actually makes a great backsplash to any design scheme and will make your home look unique in no time.

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Or try searching for an apartment that already has a brick feature. The Marquivista apartment community in Atlanta (pictured below) features cool interior finishes including exposed brick walls, high-end kitchen appliances, hardwood floors, and 11-foot ceilings.

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This guest post provided by our friends at RENTCafé.com.