Contrasting Coloured Bricks

Probably the simplest method of introducing a decorative feature is the use of bricks that are a different or contrasting colour from the majority of bricks used in the main wall. This could involve several courses of contrasting bricks made to form a contrasting band, or contrasting bricks used to pick out patterns in the bonding arrangement. In both cases, the main bonding arrangement of the wall has not been altered at all, so its structural strength has not been compromised.

Where a decorative feature projects outwards (see Fig 249), creating a ledge on which rainwater may collect, it is wise to use bricks such as Staffordshire Blue engineering bricks, which will not suffer spalling or frost damage as a result. If a softer, contrasting facing brick had been used, such a feature would, almost certainly, have been laid flush with the rest of the wall.

Contrasting Coloured Bricks

Fig. 248 Walling with contrasting bands of different-coloured bricks.

Contrasting Coloured Bricks

Fig. 249 Decorative pattern picked out in projecting bricks of a contrasting colour.

With such a huge variety of colours and textures of brick available, the possibilities for introducing and mixing contrasting bands and patterns are almost endless. The only limiting factor, it would seem, is the imagination of the designer or bricklayer!