In the United States, bricks have been used as a building material since the colonial days. The beauty of using bricks for landscaping is that they can withstand the elements without losing their beauty. But bricks aren’t just a solid choice for structural design; they’re also an excellent choice for adding decorative elements to the exterior of your home.
There are so many ways you could utilize bricks in your landscaping design, but if you’re scratching your head for ideas, here are four stunning ways to use decorative bricks to elevate your home’s landscaping.
1. Create a brick walkway or patio in a decorative pattern
When we think of walkways, we probably think they’re going to be made of grey concrete slabs and that’s it. That isn’t the case at all. A decorative brick walkway leading to a focal point in the yard (be it a pool area, a garden, or just leading to the front door) is a lovely way to enhance the look of your yard.
You can install a decorative brick walkway on your own, but you have to be prepared to get dirty. If you follow a tutorial like the one published by This Old House, you’ll need to excavate your desired path, pour at least one inch of a graded base, add a layer of sand, use a wooden border prior to laying the brick, and… much more.
Of course, hiring a professional is always an option!
2. Use brick to make concrete slabs or walkways pop
What if you already have walkways that are in good condition but you still want to add a bit of pizazz? Lining the walkways with brick is an affordable and easier way to elevate the drab concrete because you’re only adding a row or two of brick to something that’s already there.
If this is something you’d like to look into, here’s a guide from Family Handyman that walks you through the steps of adding a brick border to edge a walkway.
3. Create an enviable fire pit area using decorative bricks
Permanent fire pits are all the rage among homeowners and for good reason! Not only do they look amazing, but they can also add to your home’s value and appeal to buyers. In fact, in 2020, 54% of real estate agents say that it’s the top feature buyers are looking for in their dream home.
There are a lot of different ways you can use decorative bricks to make a fire pit and if you need ideas about what you can do, Pinterest is a great place for inspiration and tutorials!
4. Use bricks to make your gardens stand out
Gardens can be a lovely addition to any yard, but instead of using that plastic garden edging you can get at any garden store, consider using brick to make your garden stand out. If you want to create a raised garden, you could use decorative bricks instead of wood. If you want to create your own private oasis, you could use brick to create a garden wall and add decorative elements like pillars, and a moon gate, turn it into a water feature, and more.
Boosting curb appeal with decorative bricks is a no-brainer
Whether you’re hoping to sell your home or you’d like to give your yard a facelift, decorative bricks are a great option that’ll make a lasting impression. The trick to using decorative brick, however, is to choose colors that’ll complement your home’s design. Red bricks are always a classic option, but you could choose different colored bricks for a truly unique design.