Brick walls in contemporary architecture – that seems to be a contradiction. But the last few years have seen architects and homeowners gravitate towards the classic brick wall whenever they need texture, individuality and timeless charm to offset drab, flat concrete panels. The exposed brick wall in the living room is an expression of the rich, historic past of the building and a blend of the past and the present. For others, it is a way to add light effects, colour, texture and personality to an otherwise boring interior dominated by shiny steel and glass. There is no doubt that brick walls are the new trend in architectural elegance.