There’s always been a big split in opinions regarding painting brick and wood in your home. On one side of the argument there are the steadfast homeowners that regard the painting of natural wood and brick unacceptable. On the other side are most designers and the homeowners that don’t have a sentimental attachment to any surface that can be painted. There are certain things both sides may want to think about when they are faced with this possible decision. Here’s some questions you may want to ask yourself before you make your decision.
Is the wood in question, expensive? Painting wood that is not commonly used in trim work etc may be a bad idea. Expensive, detailed wood trim (like certain types of Maple, Heart Pine etc) is an asset to your home’s value and should not be painted, or even tampered with unless you know what you’re doing. However, if the wood is a less expensive variety such as pine or oak, you should be fine to paint it. It really depends on who wins the argument there, since many men think you should not paint any wood any color. In older homes that sport antique finishes, lighting, etc you do not want to compromise the integrity, beauty and value. So a good rule of thumb may be simply to say, in century old homes, avoid painting wood trim, and anything 60 years old or newer, chances are you’re not dealing with expensive or antique trim or wood work. Either way you should know this ahead of time.
Does the brick date the home? Brick is fine to paint, but again this will comes down to who wins the argument to do it. Most couples will butt heads when it comes to painting, wall papering and décor tastes. There are times when you should not paint brick, such as in settings where exposed brick walls are considered fashionable, were listed as an attribute at the time of purchase, etc. In other words, many city dwellings that feature or advertise “exposed brick walls” are selling you this aesthetic at a premium. Much like the great city view you may be paying for. It’s many times a desirable feature in that circumstance. In homes, where you may likely see brick fireplaces, or brick features in kitchens, this may be a feature that dates the home. Brick can absorb existing light out of a room. Brick does this because it is darker and textured. If you’re wanting to lighten up the space you can either paint the brick or reface it. Refacing brick is simply covering it up, with panels, drywall, or some other way that is not as permanent as painting. It’s a safe way to get the change and updated look you want.