Colour trends needn’t be limited to fashion and furnishings. Homeowners can use exterior design features, such as different brick colours or feature walls to showcase their style personality.

Australians are embracing European trends, with shades of grey are influencing interior and exterior styling. New home builders and renovators might like to consider charcoal, silver and grey bricks from building materials specialist Boral, to create a bold, modern exterior.

“Boral is seeing a trend in the use of grey, blue and black bricks for creating statement exteriors,” said David Bird, general manager of Boral Bricks East.

Light greys are proving popular in Queensland, while Victorian homeowners have shown a preference for high impact, darker tones. New South Wales homes feature a consistent mix of both.

Different shades of grey will create a unique look and feel. The lighter hues of soft greys and silvers can create a low-key, coastal effect, while darker shades can make a contemporary, non-conformist statement.

“Dark bricks, such as Boral’s Nuvo Victorian Blue, are a good option for those looking to show off the design of their home, as darker shades minimise distractions and encourage the eye to focus on the shape and structure of the house,” said David.

“Homeowners can also choose to combine light and dark shades of charcoal and grey to create a unique exterior or interior feature wall. The beauty of bricks is that they can be mixed and matched, offering design flexiblity.

“Bricks also offer a strong, safe and durable option for homeowners. Maintenance is minimal, which is important when considering the whole-of-life cost of a home,” commented David.

Boral bricks are available in a wide variety of colours, textures, shapes and sizes. The bricks are kiln-fired up to 1130°C, locking in colour for the life of the brick. Bricks are available in standard, 50mm and double height sizes.
For more information visit: http://www.boral.com.au/bricks or call 1300 134 002.

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