Transform Interior Spaces with Bricks
Have you ever dreamed of recreating an “industrial look” for an interior space? Interior designers and architects from across the globe have taken inspiration from old abandoned warehouses, derelict factories and other industrial settings to completely transform the interior spaces for their clients. The results are often astonishing and add a sense of tradition and history, intertwined with sleek, modernized comfort to any room.
While clay bricks have been used for successfully on the exterior of both new build and renovation projects for hundreds of years, today’s interior designers have the benefit of utilizing a whole host of new types of products to bring the outside in. Brick slips are a cost-effective and efficient way to achieve that perfect “industrial look”, without the expense and hassle of having to build an entire wall or surface from whole clay bricks; something that can also significantly reduce the available floor space.
Although brick slips can be made by being cut from the surface of a standard brick, typically brick slips are custom manufactured by running extruded clay down a production line where a wire section is cut and then fired before it is baked. This method is far more efficient as the bricks could crack while cutting, wasting time and adding to the cost of the project. Brick slips manufactured this way, according to European standards, are durable and safe. The single unit brick slips are then assembled onsite and an adhesive is applied to set them in place.
Examples of Projects with Brick Slips
The Benefits of using Brick Slips
The reduced thickness of the brick slips ensures that all the detailing on existing doors and windows can be maintained. Special corner brick slips can be used to create a perfectly smooth transition between a wall or supporting frame or beam, solving any structural problems that may arise when using traditional bricks.
As Hannah O’Toole, Marketing Manager of UAE-based Al Diyar Al Atiqa, explains, “The beauty about brick slips is that they are the perfect building blocks to create something inspirational from either a completely blank canvas or from a surface that has existing detailing. By taking care to conceptualize the design and by choosing the right specification for the product, a residential or commercial project of any size can be transformed into a unique space.”
Colors and Textures
Al Diyar Al Atiqa’s range of brick slips come in an array of colors and natural finishes that complement the overall design of any interior space. Brick slips are also a great surface for painting directly onto allowing you to achieve your desired color. Vibrant colors such as red terracotta, bold black, classic white and classic yellow offer an eye-catching finish to interior walls and surfaces, while natural tones such as brown, caramel and grey complement a more soothing and tranquil interior space. Al Diyar’s range of brick slips will see new colors being added to the range soon, offering even more choice for interior designers looking to make a statement for their clients.
All brick slips can be made to measure to suit all bathrooms, kitchens or indoor feature walls although conventional metric dimensions of most brick slips are 215mm wide and 65mm high, with standard thicknesses for slips ranging from 15mm, 20mm, 25mm, 30mm, 40mm, and 50mm.