Antique brick tiles: unusual interior finishes
The tile from an old brick is very demanded thanks to the non-standard external registration. Such a decorative material is light and easy to use when finishing the facades of knowledge, it is also suitable for interior work. On the features of design with the help of tiles from old bricks and talk today.
In hardware stores, tiles for aged brick appeared over a decade ago. Externally, the product completely reproduces the construction model of the brick, so you can create an unusual cladding of buildings. The tile has a fairly wide palette of shades: white, gray, yellow, red.No special skills for styling material are required. A great advantage of the material is environmental friendliness, since it does not emit substances harmful to the human body.
Characteristic features of aged brick tiles:
- rough structure;
- thickness difference;
- chipped corners;
- fuzzy drawing.
Manufacturers have made every effort to achieve complete similarity of the tiles with the old brick.
It is not possible to distinguish it from the silicate sample by eye.
There are two main types of semi-antique tiles: clinker and gypsum. The material of the first type is characterized by excellent quality, high strength and fire safety, low moisture absorption properties. The tile is made of clay by firing at high temperature.
The brick tile has various color options of registration - from brown to sand and sulfur. Such tiles will look good in the interior of an antique orientation or in a room decorated in an industrial style. Since the indoor brick is not exposed to the adverse effects of the environment,one can be sure that it will last for several hundred years.
The tile from plaster has in composition also lime. This material is environmentally safe, has disinfectant properties, supports the level of humidity necessary for a person in the room. Products from plaster are mainly presented in white color, which allows to harmoniously combine them with wallpaper and decorative plaster in any interior. If desired, the brick can be painted in the desired color.
Advantages and disadvantages
The tile imitating an old brick has many positive characteristics:
- long service life;
- a wide variety of shades and textures;
- resistance to aggressive media;
- ease of care;
- ease of installation;
- resistance to external influences.
Among the minuses of this tile can be noted:
- material fragility;
- high cost (you can search for your favorite tile from different manufacturers and purchase it at a better price).
In order for the room not to look ponderous and oppressive, it is necessary to use a brick fragmentary, and not to close all the walls in a circle.
In order to glue the tiles on the walls, you will need the following tools:
- putty knife;
- rubber mallet;
In the process of work, do not forget about the rule: the width of the jointing should not be less than a centimeter. If you put the material end-to-end, without seams, then there will be approximately 15% overrun on the material. Before the installation, it is necessary to prepare the wall well: remove the old paint or wallpaper, plaster the surface, apply an acrylic primer. When the wall is dry, you can begin installation.
The easiest way to lay tiles with glue. The solution is applied to a small area of the wall. One brick tightly pressed to the surface, withstand time. Then, so that the product does not move, it is fixed with plastic wedges. The evenness in the sticker will provide a level. If you notice that the tile has moved away from the original vector, you need to gently move it with a mallet, tapping on the side.
First, the tile is glued in a horizontal direction, then you can start working with the second row. In the case of a seamless installation, the wall will be ready immediately upon completion of the work.
If you are laying a brick with jointing, grouting can be started only after a day.
Use in the interior
In the interior of modern apartments used tiles:
- under white brick;
- under the made stone with a brilliant surface;
- under the old red brick.
White brick can be combined with wallpaper coatings or clapboard. It will look good in combination with decorative plaster. Fans of Provence style design of the apartment with the help of white brick fits perfectly.
Those who prefer the English tradition in the design of the room, it is recommended to choose the 3rd version of the material. Red old brick will look good in the design of the wall near the fireplace. Construction stores offer dozens of shades and a variety of brick textures.
The tile under the made old brick - a trend of the last seasons in the interior design of apartments. Most often it can be seen as a facing for the hallway. If you want to use an aged brick in the bathroom or kitchen area (for example, as an apron finish) it is better to choose a non-porous option, then washing the walls will not cause much trouble.
The texture of the aged brick makes the interior of the room coziness, calm, a sense of security, the spirit of antiquity. Such material would be appropriate to apply in the style of loft, vintage, country, gothic.
You can find out how the old brick is cut from the video below.