Luxury Loft Living
November 25, 2013|
- oday, a loft apartment is probably best described as open plan habitation. Forget your quaint country cottage, generous barn, or grand mansion; the loft apartment is now one of the most sought after types of properties of the wealthy homeowner. The amount of space and grandeur that the high ceilings offer with the added benefit of being at the highest point of a building, much like a penthouse, adds to the desirability of a loft space. It also offers endless potential in terms of design style, which has given this once unused part of a building a new lease of life.
There are many ways in which you can transform a loft space into a luxury home whilst keeping the beautiful features that a loft can offer. However the biggest challenge for interior designers when it comes to loft living is how to make the space welcoming and warm. Clients often have an idea that such high ceilings, tall windows and a grand footprint will create a striking space, but if you get the design wrong you can be left with a cold, stark and lonely home.
The characteristics of a loft space such as large metal framed windows, original wooden flooring and characterful exposed bricks and pipes, means they are perfectly suited to the industrial look, a key design trend that we are currently seeing throughout interiors. Adding back lighting or single bulb pendants alongside furniture with castors and worn leather upholstery, will highlight the rawness of the exposed brick and metal in the space. Above, in a dynamic play of texture, hard unfinished surfaces are contrasted with tactile, soft fabrics, creating an industrial yet welcoming environment.
Often it’s the ceiling, walls and floors that characterise a loft apartment, particularly an original concrete or wooden floor. However if yours is unable to be maintained or reclaimed, BluePrint Ceramics have the perfect alternative; ‘Industry’ is my personal favourite from their extensive range. A warming contemporary porcelain tile with a concrete effect, the patina of the tiles represents real concrete and will give a realistic and distinctive presence to any loft space.
However industrial doesn’t always have to mean exposed brick, polished concrete and dark moody metals. High shine surfaces and a simple colour palette can achieve a more polished industrial look such as the kitchen above, where white brick tiles have been teamed with stainless steel appliances and clean crisp cabinetry.
If you are looking for a softer approach still, Scandinavian style is a great alternative to industrial and can make an open plan reception space bright and inviting through the use of modest furniture.
In any loft apartment the architectural details are always a key feature to maintain and make use of. By choosing a neutral colour palette you will guarantee that they will stand out. This approach has been taken in the apartment above, allowing light to permeate through the space and the addition of luxury details such as chandeliers and the beaded cotton blinds that replace conventional window treatments, bring the wow-factor to this loft.
If the concept of open plan loft living has taken your fancy, the key to creating a stand-out design is to maintain the original features and to optimise the light and space that has been given to you. Through allowing these elements to take centre stage, you will create a home that is unique as the space itself.
Written by LU