If your house has a brick wall and youdo not know how to give it a more original and spectacular look, use a long-proven method - the painting of brickwork. In this case, the distinctive relief of the wall will be preserved, but the space will be significantly modified and transformed. But before you finally decide on the coloring procedure, you must understand that it is almost impossible to return the wall to the initial appearance. Preparatory work There are always certain requirements for any surface intended for painting, and a brick wall is no exception. Clean it from salt deposits, molds or other contaminants. After this, thoroughly wash the wall using a soapy solution. As a result, rinse the brick wall with clean water and leave it for a couple of weeks for complete drying. If there are any defects on your wall in the form of cracks, etc., it is better to fill them and also to dry them. When the wall is completely dry, carry outthe last stage of preparation is priming. Choose the composition strictly according to the type of paint you have chosen for your work. The primer layer must be very thick to create a waterproof effect. Choosing the paint When painting the room, always choose only those paints that are designed exclusively for the interior. Do not take risks, because their composition is absolutely harmless to the human body. You can choose the acrylic paints, they will allow you to "breathe" the brickwork. Mineral dyes, like cement paint, are also designed to paint just such surfaces, alkyd (silicone) - are the best protectors against mold and fungi, and they form a fairly strong layer. In addition, for a brick wall, it is possible to use oil paints. They will make the walls more flickering, and the top layer - water-repellent. Creating a stylish design with brick walls Do not rush to hide the brickwork under the plasterboard. This also applies when you intend to design a room in a classic style. The combination of various stylistic trends is a trend in the design of the premises of recent years. Many famous designers promote this way of decorating various interiors. With this stylistic solution, it is necessary to further emphasize the texture of the brick walls. With a huge desire to achieve a holistic imagein a certain style, you can paint the brickwork in one neutral color. It will look harmonious against the background of the general interior. Strive to bring the tone of the wall closer to the basic shades that fill the room environment. It should also be noted that the brick walls look harmonious in the interiors of different styles. Features of this material Brick is a natural material with a characteristic porous structure. It lends itself to coloring quite difficult. The brick absorbs the paint. To get a smooth uniform wall when painting, you will need to apply several layers. But nevertheless, remember, no matter how durable the layer of paint is, it will still have to be updated in a few years. Since, after this period, the paint, most likely, will begin to cloud, there may appear characteristic deposits of salts. Caring for the brickwork Even when you are satisfied with the general appearance of the brickwork located in your house, be aware that such a surface in any case requires some care. To ensure that the brick surface has served you as long as possible, in addition to systematic washing from dusty layers, stains of dirt or grease (especially in the kitchen), it is recommended to use special preparations, oils or varnishes on a water basis. These agents create a protective layer after drying, thereby preventing the formation of contaminants. The use of such compounds will greatly simplify the procedure for cleaning and washing of brickwork. Covering the brick wall with varnish, you will ensure a longer preservation of color and quality of the surface as a whole. Experiment There is a huge number of all kinds of techniques and ways of painting brickwork. They allow you to achieve many effects. It can be aging the wall, dullness or glossy glow, gradient staining, etc. The walls, decorated with various abstractions and colorful seams, will look original. The brickwork of gray, white or black color is quite stylish and tasteful. Selection of tools To paint on a brickwall was distributed most evenly, use a brush about 6-10 cm wide in its work. It should be of the highest quality, but the origin of the bristles depends entirely on the paint used. Artificial will suit alkyd and silicone paints. Natural nap is better to use when painting with oil paint. Count on the high-quality painting of the relief surface of brick walls when working with a roller is absolutely not worth it. It can only create a "dusted" effect on the masonry. Using a roller or a small sponge, you can apply stencil patterns or designate individual bricks in a different color.