The Brick Industry Association is reporting that fired-clay brick trends this year feature whites, grays, black, deep reds, painted and glazed brick with overall larger sizes.
Sleek, black brick is on the rise—especially for restaurants and office spaces. Genuine thin brick is also booming for kitchens, entrance foyers, accent walls, exterior gables, and other interior and exterior applications.
BIA member manufacturers around the country also report that clean, cool shades top the trends at all home price ranges, primarily whites with white mortar and all grays from light to charcoal and steel. Sandy earth tones are trending too, reflecting how fired-clay brick is made from abundant natural resources.
Sleek, black brick is also on the rise—especially for restaurants and office spaces—and gaining ground in the residential sector. Residential black and dark gray brick is trending primarily for contemporary and Art Deco looks, along with reemerging blended reds in a rolled edge texture.
“Brick’s aesthetic freedom evolves with design trends while offering superior durability and fire resistance with little to no maintenance,” says Ray Leonhard, BIA’s president and CEO.
Thin is in
Genuine thin brick is also booming for kitchens, entrance foyers, accent walls, exterior gables, and other interior and exterior applications. Rougher, tumbled textures are trending, along with heavier textures in the South and more clay brick overall in the West, according to BIA.
“We’re seeing more grays, simulated painted brick or brick to be painted,” says Davis Henry, BIA’s 2018 chairman.
Inspired by HGTV, painted brick is on the rise, primarily whites and smooth, velour textures. Painted brick offers the flexibility to customize and change the exterior color at any time while maintaining brick’s superior performance in extreme weather and energy cost savings from its natural thermal mass.
Rising in popularity with townhomes and multifamily applications, painted brick allows production builders to break up architecture and provide beautiful individuality for their units. Painted brick also offers the durability and energy efficiency of brick while embracing a trendy, monochromatic or historically accurate feel.
More manufacturers are also offering a lower cost brick specifically for painting. If a homeowner wants a permanent white brick exterior, choosing a fired-clay white brick from the start eliminates future repainting and maintenance.
Commercial trends include glazed brick in bold colors, clear glaze, and engobe coating. Trending larger units include 21-in. Roman size brick with a long, linear look and radial (curved) brick in deep, burgundy reds.
Brick paver trends include modern shapes, larger units in bold colors, permeable paver, authentic paver and modern-linear shapes and geometrical designs.