Loft living…..there is nothing else quite like it. It is a unique environment of open space that is breathtaking, especially in older buildings, often warehouses long abandoned by industry. The interiors provide a dramatic and charming rustic environment with elements of wood, concrete and old brick. Today, there is also the urban trend of bringing people back into the inner cities, building lofts anew, with living spaces created over office complexes, restaurants and shops.
Although I have never had the opportunity to live in a loft, I have always wanted to be the adventurist, living and working high above the streets and sounds of the city, preferably in an ancient building with open rafters, huge expanses of windows, and exposed pipes over my head. So why are some of us so inspired by these vast spaces? Let’s take a look at a few. By the way, I have been accused of being a bit “wordy”, so I will try to keep it a bit shorter. Sorry, I just get carried away sometimes!
A RUSIC LOFT IN BARCELONA
Rustic appeal…….this loft has lots of it. Concrete, wood, brick and metal all blend here to create a fabulous backdrop for an intoxicating interior! “Rough Luxe” is a good description here, a raw background with modern furniture and a glam crystal chandelier. I love the mix of mottled concrete and aged brick with the overhead concrete and wood beams, and exposed pipes. All of these elements add great character to an otherwise cold space with concrete floors. The brick pillars divide the living space nicely, and the owner has also accented the living area with an assortment of area rugs, and has left the floor bare in the dining area, which adjoins the kitchen, for carefree maintenance. Another nice convenience is the open air patio, out the door to the left, which is actually the rooftop of another building section. Lots of tall windows and skylights and a cool grey neutral palette create a light filled warm and inviting space.
ENTICING INDUSTRIAL LOFT
I’m not sure if this loft space is actually a living space or a furniture showroom, as there are three separate sections, all filled with seating arrangements. Nevertheless, it is a raw, old industrial building with lots and lots of character that would make a fab living space! Super tall ceilings, tons of old brick, concrete, wood and metal beams left unfinished add a rustic urban feel to this space. There is an abundance of light from multiple tall windows and overhead track lighting.
* IDEA FOR YOUR LOFT: Install a partition between two areas to help define separate living areas. This works if you want a bit of privacy as well. I am also really loving the elevated area in the back. Although this section shows another seating arrangement, wouldn’t it make a fabulous dining room with those tall doors that open to a balcony? I could really have a lot of fun designing this space!
NEXT………INDUSTRIAL LOFT BEDROOM
This loft bedroom is modern, edgy and masculine, yet, is quite appealing! Enveloped in cool grey concrete with overhead exposed pipes and large windows, the owner has designed this space in contemporary, artsy style. A modern elevated platform bed is taken a step further, with open lighted stair treads leading up to a small built-in open office area suspended out from the wall on metal pipes, creating an alcove under the stairs, making a cozy canopy nook for the bed.
There is plenty of lighting here, with wall mounted down lights and a single large drum ceiling light above, partially hidden by a metal mesh screen suspended just below ceiling height Also, the elevated bed platform is back lit underneath, softly illuminating the sleeping space at night. The bed platform also has the added convenience of a large built-in drawer for essentials and an installed electrical plug……..a well thought out design. A simple square block style headboard, covered in a deep black fabric, plays up the geometric of the rectangular pattern created by the cinder block walls.
The large art installations, along with the bed cover which is a bold stripe in black, grey and red, add life to an otherwise colorless dwelling. The floor of this loft is a wide plank, glue-down faux wood in weathered white wash, a good choice that goes with everything. Intriguing space!
NEW YORK CITY LOFT KITCHEN
I am really loving this modern loft kitchen! Although new walls and partitions have been built-in, as well as the added laminated wood flooring, look above……the original overhead wood ceiling, beams and pipes gives this spacious loft great warmth and rustic vibes! The brick walls, painted a soft grey, are great backdrop for this spectacular space accented with cool stainless steel . It appears the designer encased pipes or a heating and cooling system located above, using the same laminate as the flooring, which created an “L” shaped alcove jutting out from the wall. He took advantage of the space by building a sheetrock encased partition, which also became the back wall for a “floating galley” type kitchen. A walkway and storage/appliance area is hidden out of view behind the wall. There is also a metal door to the left which could possibly lead to a pantry/utility area.
The overhead lighting is a modern, single long metal light bar suspended from the ceiling, illuminating the space. This design gives the kitchen a clean contemporary uncluttered look with an almost sculptural feel to it. In fact, the owner has played on this feeling, hanging a single large modern art installation on the back wall.
The back counter of this galley kitchen is topped in white stone or quartz and also is a cutting/prep area. The front counter, also partially covered in stone or quartz, is longer and deeper than the back counter, creating a sit-down island for eating and serving. The base is sheathed in stainless steel to match an adjoining steel counter, which also houses a double sink and cook top, and allows guests to sit in the kitchen for conversation while you cook. The designer has chosen mixed stool seats, two of dark wood and two of steel, pulling together both of the main materials used in this loft. The “area rug” in front appears to also be a laminated flooring material, banded in thin metal, which is great for easy care and spills. All in all, this makes for a very modern kitchen that is sharp, crisp and oozes tons of style!
TWO ELEGANT ARCHITECTURAL LOFTS
Wow! An absolutely amazing, breathtaking space! This loft is so appealing and beautiful with a barrel ceiling and a huge expansive glass wall leading to an outside terrace. This owner has chosen to leave this loft area as one large open living space and has furnished it in an eclectic style. using earthy colors that blend with the warm color of the original brick walls. He has defined the open living areas with furniture groupings and used an area rug to anchor the living room seating. The dining area is located towards the back of the room, separated from the kitchen by a partial brick wall. Simple warm wood floors flow throughout the space.
The main attraction here is the actual loft space, with its amazing architecture. Any style of furnishings would work here, and I could definitely feel very much at home here
Below is another great architectural loft, located in West Seattle, WA, that is equally as spectacular and definitely worth mentioning. It is located in a newer building but also has a great industrial feel, due to the high wood ceilings and lots of steel beams. It s an amazing contemporary space with a breathtaking view of the western coast!
LAST……..another great loft space located in Atlanta, GA, a trendy, open airy space created in an old industrial building. I love the fact that they painted all of the steel beams and brick in white, with contrasting exposed pipes. There is tons of light flooding in from the bare windows, creating a beautiful sunny room. The designer played upon this airy feel with soft lightweight white drapes, and wonderful bare wide planked wood floors.
LOFT IN ATLANTA, GA
DETAILS: Wood paneling added beneath a long window wall adds classic architectural interest. The white bookcase has an open shelving top, and the accessories are also in whites, making it visually disappear into the background. The furnishings are also in light fabrics and have beautiful black iron and wood bases, creating cohesion of an eclectic mix of pieces. Consistent with the garden inspiration, she has also added wonderful red rose trees in vintage urns and matching rose red bedding, the only color in an otherwise neutral loft. This space is fabulous and to die for! Now……I really wish I could live in a loft, but I guess a cottage will do for now! :)
All the best,