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When you’re craving serious color, paint over a single exposed brick wall with a bold and unexpected hue, like this cool, craveable shade of turquoise.

Exposed brick will always be charming in kitchen spaces, but when accent colors are dark—like these blue cabinets, exposed beams, and rustic wood floors—consider painting the brick bright white to inject a touch of radiance that feels crisp and fresh.

To streamline the natural look of exposed brick, select a single color within the brick—like this organic ashy brown—and paint. We’re loving how this trick creates a look with clean lines and continuity while also paying homage to the natural beauty (and colors) within brick.

Glam up a boring fireplace with a coat of jewel toned paint, like this dark turquoise. Want to keep the look ultra modern? Replicate this design and nix the mantle.

Solid white brick walls are oh-so-charming when paired with dark cabinets and countertops. The wall shelf also provides a shot of visual interest and (yes!) storage.

This fireplace is proof that painted brick doesn’t always have a rustic feel. This handsome charcoal shade is sophisticated and pairs well with modern (and soft, if you prefer) design elements.

Yes, it’s dark, but the drama in this space is over-the-top inspiring.

We’re loving how this design cleverly incorporates an unused fireplace into a child’s space by transforming it into a glam, built-in statement piece with a lovely (and calming) shade of aqua.

This eclectic sitting room is proof that painting exposed brick in an all-white palette doesn’t have to be boring.

To break up an all-white floor-to-ceiling fireplace, select a mantle in a contrasting color with major visual interest and accessorize.

Use this white tile as inspiration for a kitchen that features lots of exposed brick. Instead of painting everything over in white, paint a single accent wall instead, leaving a small amount of the natural brick on display—a strategy that creates major visual interest in a space where wall art is usually kept at a minimum.

Painted brick in the right hue is soft enough for kids’ spaces (and easy to keep clean, too!)  This look can even be ‘faked’ with faux brick panels that are paintable, super simple to hang, and readily available at home improvement stores.

Nothing adds subtle character to an all-white kitchen like floor-to-ceiling brick, painted white, of course.  This effect follows suit with the

monochromatic palette

, but adds much needed texture and character.

Play with brick’s inherent rustic charm by pairing painted brick with similarly rustic accents, like this cheeky animal head wall hanging, chunky wood mantlepiece, and organic wood furniture.