The main living areas in our house share a huge, floor-to-ceiling brick wall. It's not terribly
dated; it's red, smooth, and in excellent shape. We have been living with it for years because we are reluctant to try painting it. I've seen painted brick done badly, and there's no going back from that. But two problems nag me:
1. Our rooms are dark all the time. Very, very dark. The brick sucks all the light out of the room, no matter how many lamps are on, even during the daylight hours. It's depressing.
2. The brick gives the house a bit too much of a "country" look for our taste. I've tried to use the brick to create an urban/industrial decor scheme, but seriously, if you get so much as one old mason jar anywhere near it - bam! - farmhouse chic.
Have you ever painted interior brick? Did it look better, or did it just get more rustic-looking? How about using a paint scheme like Brick-Anew
? If you were a potential house buyer, would you prefer the original brick?