David and Victoria Beckham's 'outdated' accent wall looks calming and classic in their rustic modern living room

Dated? We think not. This living room is proof that this maligned material can actually look incredibly chic

David and Victoria Beckham
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Exposed brick has an unwarranted bad reputation. Luckily, David Beckham's timeless accent wall brings the look back to the basics and reminds us how stylish it can look.

In the 2010s, the wall material gained major traction as an 'industrial chic' style accent. This contrived version of the look quickly became oversaturated, causing homeowners to lean away from unpainted brick. However, those who reject the style forget that its history began long before its association with trendy urban renewal projects. The style has been around since the mid-20th century, and it can be fit into a variety of interior design schemes from bohemian to rustic to contemporary. With the right styling, exposed brick is a timeless material.

In Beckham's living room, exposed brick has a grounding effect. It looks completely natural nestled between three white walls with exposed wood beams above. Next to the wood-burning stove, the exposed brick serves as a functional, insulating material. Overall, the exposed brick helps to create a stylish modern rustic look in the soccer player's home.

Experts admire Beckham's brick wall, which they say is timeless, not outdated. 'The enduring popularity of exposed brick suggests that it transcends passing trends and remains a classic design choice,' says Nina Lichtenstein, Westchester-based interior designer.

Nina Lichtenstein
Nina Lichtenstein

Nina Lichtenstein is the founder and principal home designer at her eponymous design studio, based in Westchester, NY. Nina believes that home design should capture a family’s unique spirit by how it serves the family's daily needs while nourishing the soul. She has been celebrated for designing, renovating, and building elegant living spaces. 

She continues, 'While trends may evolve, the timeless appeal of brick accent walls continues to resonate with homeowners and designers alike. Exposed brick has a rich history in architecture, dating back centuries. Its association with authenticity and craftsmanship contributes to its timeless allure.'

Fireplace decorated with books and antique ornaments

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Furthermore, Lichtenstein says that the living room wall idea has important benefits for Beckham's space.

'One of the key advantages of an exposed brick accent wall is its ability to introduce texture and depth to a room,' she says.

'The rough, tactile surface of brick adds visual intrigue and can serve as a compelling backdrop for furniture and decor. It exudes a cozy, rustic charm that instantly transforms the ambiance of the living room. It brings an element of history and authenticity, creating a welcoming atmosphere.'

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Whether you have an exposed brick accent wall in your home or not, rustic modern accessories can help you recreate David Beckham's design style effortlessly in any space.

Though exposed brick may be outdated in the eyes of some, it is not a good reason to get rid of the style entirely. When paired with the right furniture and colors, exposed brick is a timeless look that will never go out of style. For proof, just look at David Beckham's living room.

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I am a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture focusing on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.