Create A Loft Vibe In Your Space
Does the loft style living of some big city occupants have you envious and yearning for a place in the city of your own?
On the off chance that is yes, then you’ll need to keep on reading.
There are various methods for bringing this uber-stylish look into your own space – think open-plan living rooms, exposed-brick walls, structural elements, and industrial vibes.
If you’re fixated on this loft-like style and truly need to bring it back home, our simple tips will take you there. Style your space to urban perfection with our guide to creating an effortless downtown vibe, regardless of where you live.
Incorporate Open Plan Spaces
Open plan is synonymous with the loft interior style. Since New York is infamous for little spaces, this simple design trick gives the room a spacious appearance, regardless of the possibility that it’s not really roomy.
To guarantee it remains looking that way, carefully consider your furniture positioning. Even if your home isn’t open plan, you can give off the same essence by thinking about your furniture placement.
Once you’ve chosen your pieces, move them around, truly work the space, and play with it, making sure to leave sufficient “white space” for breathing room.
Take notes from this insanely cool loft above.
If you’re truly devoted to creating a lofty vibe in your space, you may need to knock down a few walls. An open concept layout is crucial for this sort of aesthetic.
Though lofts are beautiful, they are generally situated in some of the most desirable locations. Thus can have limited square footage and come at a strong price.
All things considered, their design makes up for the lack of floor space. Using high ceilings, expansive windows and an extremely open floor plan to make the space feel bigger.
Infamous Exposed Brick Walls
Since numerous lofts are regularly changed to warehouses or old industrial buildings, there’s a better chance that there will usually be a few exposed-brick walls throughout the space.
In the event that you are living in a more established home, take a stab at revealing any existing brick walls that may currently be hidden behind drywall. Likewise, you could try removing the plaster on your wall to expose the brick yourself. Or, on the other hand, you can tear an old wall down and discover one.
Then again, there are numerous items accessible to create a faux brick feature wall that looks quite authentic!
There’s a ton of cool exposed brick wallpaper around, along with equally hip concrete versions for that raw, industrial feel. Concrete wallpaper also works wonders in creating that desired effect.
Mix & Match Your Furniture
Lofts are infamous for housing a variety of furniture in differing eras, styles, and conditions without clashing. If it’s your first time testing this design style, then the living room is a great place to begin.
Have a fresh out of the box new couch, hand-me-down day bed from your parents and a vintage arm chair? Perfect.
If you’re aim is to achieve a loft style look then it’s almost impossible for these 3 items to clash.
If you’ve always wanted to juxtapose a 1970s-floating cube or lounge chair and ottoman next to a French-inspired occasional or sectional sofa, then now is the time!
There’s one thing that always stands out in an authentic city loft, it’s the perfectly mismatched furniture, especially the chairs.
Create A Gallery Wall
With so much open space, towering high ceilings, every loft needs a gallery wall to fill the space.
If your interior doesn’t include these features, don’t stress! A curated wall of art can work in any room, no matter the style, size or height.
This admired design feature wall is simply a creative collection of artworks ranging in height, position, and style, arranged in the artistic format you see fit.
Showcase an array of artwork – from flea market finds to original prints, mix it up with a variety of styles and frames. The gallery wall is a humble dedication to all forms of creative expression—now you just have to learn how to hang one.
Nothing screams loft like a floor to ceiling wall of eclectic art and frames, or a beautifully organised library of books spanning the entirety of the wall.
Adding this trendy feature will no doubt put the finishing touch on the lofty feel of your space.
Use Minimal Furniture
When adding furniture, don’t overfill the space. Loft spaces usually contain an interesting mix of high-low furniture.
Arranging your furniture strategically to keep ample “white space” and keeps the room feeling open and airy.
Especially in the bedroom, opt for a Scandinavian inspired, minimalistic look. Think white sheets, a low bed-frame, and minimal accessories for a fuss free, serene space.
Combine fabulous finds from your local flea market (Ex. a vintage lamp or thrift coffee table) with higher end designer items for the ultimate trendy look.
As we’ve discussed in previous posts, when it comes to décor, mixing the old with the new is where the real magic happens!
Add Accessories Like Rugs
A loft conversion can be one of the most attractive rooms in the house as long as it is decorated in a nice way. The fact is that the loft conversion is in the ideal position to look great…
It is usually exposed to plenty of natural light from windows or skylights right at the top of the house. Which is unobstructed by other buildings and trees, and there tends to be plenty of room.
Sloping ceilings give loft conversions a bit of added character too.
But how do you get the most from those surroundings and really maximise the style potential of these spaces?
A lot of it can be done with the use of modern or traditional rugs!
Colourful and stylish rugs are fantastic because they take the pressure off other parts of the room when it comes to providing stylish touches.
Colourful patterned rugs mean you can leave the walls and ceilings tastefully understated and neutral.
You can use neutral hardwood or laminate flooring and you can rely on your rugs to provide colour, texture and character – everything that is needed to make a space that much more attractive and comfortable.
Keep Your Decor Funky And Eclectic
Intentional clashing of pieces from different eras, styles and vintages is signature of trendy loft spaces.
Try mix and matching chairs, adding bright pops of art and colour, and incorporating pieces and trends. Using items from different times and places creates a real eclectic, industrial loft aesthetic.
Don’t Cover Your Windows
Lastly, large bare windows that bring in lots of natural light are a major component of creating an open and airy loft-like space.
If you aren’t looking to make any significant structural changes to your windows, just make sure to keep them as exposed and bare as possible (no blinds or heavy drapes) to continue the “stripped down” aesthetic and allow as much natural light into the space as possible.
Good luck creating your loft inspired space, and happy loft-living!
Are you a fan of the downtown loft style? What design elements do you think are essential to recreating this look?
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