The CBA represents the clay brick and paver manufacturers of Southern Africa.

We inspire sustainable, contemporary brick architecture and building design in all areas of the built environment: commercial, residential and landscape.

Exposed Brick – the latest trend in home design

Sophisticated & Contemporary
Rustic & Charming
Minimalist & Elegant

Exposed masonry designs define one of the latest trends in modern homes, adding character by creating stunning accents that enrich the design whatever its inspiration. Natural clay facebrick has always been popular for luxury suburban home.


In terms of exteriors, masonry walls are beautiful, durable and maintenance-free architectural features that blend well with both traditional and contemporary materials. Brick brings rich colours and textures to concrete, steel and glass buildings. Brickwork also complements organic building materials like timber, stone and thatch while bestowing a sense of heritage and authenticity to the home.

Brick remains one of the most economical building materials around. Unlike many other surfaces that must be regularly painted, treated or plastered, the varied colour palette and texture choices of natural brick means it doesn’t need to be hidden away. From deep red to light creams, tans and greys, clay brick masonry creates one-of-a-kind home exteriors that make a statement


One of the popular new interior design trends is exposed brick painted white. It can add atmosphere and a tactile dimension to an otherwise plain wall, while still reflecting light. If you are working with a small space, in which coloured or patterned wallpaper would make the room feel cramped, white painted brick can open up the space.

Three-dimensional, symmetrical lines of masonry offer a constantly changing display of sculptural light and shadow, even when painted. People can’t help but run their fingers over it.

But designers have realized that leaving an old brick wall exposed adds a lot more value to the living room or bedroom than covering it up paint. In an age of smooth veneers and brushed aluminium, it brings both visual and textural contrast to a room instantly.  It is effortlessly decorative and sometimes says more than a modern work of art.

Whether it's playing centre stage throughout a space or acting as an eclectic accent amongst other colours and textures, exposed brick is here to stay.