Areas of exposed and cleaned brickwork can be used to enhance particularly attractive features in a room such as a fireplace and a chimney breast, an archway or even a wall containing a window with a good view. If there are any alcoves or columns in the room you could pick these out in fair-faced brickwork to break the monotony of a plastered wall.
There are also a number of ways in which to link the various parts of your room scheme. You can, for instance, construct an entirely new brickwork feature such as a shelving system, display unit or – in a kitchen – an ‘island’ worktop unit, which blends in with a stripped wall elsewhere in the room.
Another idea is to build a half-partition wall of bricks, which will help to break an expanse of smooth plaster. You could also consider building onto, or extending, an existing brickwork structure using blending or matching old bricks (which will help to give your new addition an ‘old’, established look). These bricks can often be obtained from your local brick merchant. If you can duplicate the brickwork bond that’s been used in the existing wall you’ll be able to conceal the joins. To make your new feature look even more an integral part of the existing structure, tooth it in by removing bricks on alternate courses and slotting in the last whole brick of matching new courses.
You can see here how these ideas can work in practice. The island worktop unit opposite, which has a ceramic tile top and two broad shelves inside to take pots, pans and utensils is situated in an open-plan kitchen and living room. The bricks were chosen to mimic those of the wall at the entrance to the kitchen.