After recently carrying out renovations to our flat, I thought it only right to share some wisdom. We are both lovers of industrial design and have wanted a brick wall for as long as I can remember. Our apartment is modern with floor to ceiling windows and a concrete floor, making it ideal for creating a New York, loft vibe.

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Like many in London, we’re pretty limited when it comes to space so brick slips were the perfect option! Resembling a brick but half the size, they are also cheaper and easier to apply. We were sold!

Eclipse, Old Heritage & Knightsbridge Brick Slips

Due to their weight, they can simply be applied with extra strong glue. Then add grout between the bricks and hey presto! You’ve got yourself a brick wall that looks just as authentic as the real thing.

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As we were already tackling the subject of walls, we thought we’d take it one step further. During a lovely meal at the Bunch of Grapes in Bradford-on-Avon, we were inspired by the restaurant’s panelled window seats, painted in dark, moody tones.

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Panelling instantly adds character. The technique was widely used in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture and creates a sense of grandeur and times gone by. Panelling is a sure way to rid a modern home of its “cookie cutter” properties. You can go for all over wall panelling or just focus on a window seat or bay. Simple rectangular arrangements are the most common but you can also choose something much more ornate.

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Miles & Wilde’s MWP1, MWP5 & MWP62f7a9507-7c26-4a45-95bf-fc97df414a00The Bath Co. Camberley Sage Wooden Straight Panel

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If you’re looking to embrace natural elements, chose reclaimed wood–stripped back and bare. Or, if you’re after more of a New England aesthetic, painted wood works a treat!

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You might think that panelling would look strange in an industrial-style flat but it works a treat! I love marrying old and new design trends to create something that is truly unique.

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Top photo credit: Silver Blonde