Let it All Hang Out: The Exposed Home

Most of the time, a home’s innards are concealed from view; we cover the unsightly rawness of the walls in Sheetrock, refinish floors, tuck ductwork into soffits, put bricks on the outside of the house. But the actual structure of the home is beautiful in its own way, and many homeowners choose to expose┬átheir stripped-away home features┬árather than conceal them.

Exposed brick, beams, ductwork, floors and walls are popular in rustic and industrial design schemes but can be worked into virtually every home style and every room, and these pictures will prove it.

There’s something homey and warm about bricks and beams in the kitchen and dining room, so these clever takes on exposure are not entirely unexpected.

Kitchen by Echelon Custom Homes
Photo credit: Peter Vitale Photography
Via Charleston Home + Design Mag
Kitchen by moss

Kitchen by John Lum Architecture, Inc. AIA
Kitchen by Great Rooms Designers & Builders
Native Trails NativeStone Concrete Farmhouse Kitchen Sink
Photo credit: Corynne Pless

Dining Room by Denieuwegeneratie
The same rule applies to living areas; who hasn’t loved a brick fireplace?
Living Room by Jenn Hannotte / Hannotte Interiors
Porch by Gast Architects
Photo credit: Vanni Archive/Architectural Photography
Living Room by Menard Construction Company Inc.
Living Room by Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects

Bathrooms and bedrooms can be trickier, but very far from impossible.

Bathroom by John Cannon Homes
Via Jeni Lee
Bedroom by Studio Mark Ruthven
Bedroom by Calvis Wyant Luxury Homes
Photo credit: Shouldice Media

Try an exposed shower or awesome steampunk exposed toilet (not as gross as it sounds) for that on-display look:

Hansgrohe Axor Montreux Showerpipe
Italbrass Naos Collection Exposed Shower System
Bathroom by Andre Rothblatt Architecture
For just a touch of exposure, try a light fixture fitted with a filament bulb.
Arteriors Roscoe Pendant
Pendant Lighting by West Elm

Painting or whitewashing the raw elements is not cheating – it’s just making the style work for you.

Living Room by Hufft Projects
Via Stephmodo
Bathroom by Bauhaus Custom Homes

Photo credit: Peter A. Sellar – Architectural Photographer
Bathroom by Frederick + Frederick Architects
Kitchen by Angela Todd Designs
Dining Room by Chapman Architects
Which camp are you in when it comes to exposed elements? Show it off or cover it up?