Brick Trends in 2018
Brick manufacturers share trends for 2018, including specific colors, painted and glazed exteriors, thin brick, and larger sizes.
Fired-clay brick trends this year feature whites, grays, black, deep reds, painted and glazed brick with overall larger sizes. Brick Industry Association (BIA) member manufacturers around the country 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 also trending, 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,” said Ray Leonhard, BIA’s president and CEO.
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.
“We’re seeing more grays, simulated painted brick or brick to be painted,” said Davis Henry, president of Henry Brick Co. Inc. and BIA’s 2018 chairman.
Inspired by HGTV, painted brick is also 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 multi-family applications, painted brick also allows production builders to break up architecture and provide beautiful individuality for their units. In addition, painted brick 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, as well as radial (curved) brick in deep, burgundy reds. Brick paver trends include modern shapes, larger units in bold colors, permeable pavers, authentic pavers, and modern-linear shapes and geometrical designs.
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