Urban Chic: 6 Loft Decorating Ideas Worth Stealing for Your Own Home (Part II)

Whether you are obsessed with modern loft interior or want only small doses of it, there are ways to add a style statement to your own space. Below are six loft decorating ideas worth stealing to create a modern dwelling that speaks of your own urban style. PHOTOGRAPHY BY REALTOR BRIAN JOHNSON (Email to inquire about this blog's featured loft.)

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1. Pick a color scheme.

Because lofts have open spaces, you can see your entire room in one sweep. This makes it all the more important to make sure colors complement from one room to the other. Stay away from hues that visually clash. Sticking to a color scheme not only makes your loft's interior look cohesive, but also makes it overall less cluttered and more pleasing to the eye.   

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2. Consider the furniture size and scale.

Given that many of today's lofts are designed with open spaces and high ceilings, it could be a problem to fill all that space. This is why it's very important to properly consider one's furniture size and scale, including your bed. A furniture too small can make the space awkwardly bare and look disproportional. On the flip side, a furniture that's too large in a tiny loft studio may leave you with very little room to walk around.   

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3. Find the right chandeliers.

As with any space, chandeliers are an important decorating element. This is even more emphasized in high-ceiling loft townhouses or studios where oversized chandeliers tend to contrast well against high ceilings. The right chandelier can easily be the focal point in a loft space, as in the case above in which the pendant chandeliers serve as a functional accessory in the dining space and kitchen. A good advice is to choose lighting with different heights. Let pendant lights hang low above a kitchen bar counter while oversized chandeliers hang on entry halls or next to a high staircase.

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4. Soften the industrial look with cozy rugs.

In an undivided space, rugs help define areas. They also help soften the industrial look of brick walls, exposed tubes as well as masculine aesthetics that many lofts may have. To add contrast, bring in a cozy rug that is large enough for the space so you can easily place furniture pieces on top of it. 

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5. Take advantage of brick walls. 

Brick walls make lofts feel urban. When decorating, leverage this design element to your advantage. Think of brick walls as an art gallery wallit's perfect to showcase your collection of personal art pieces which can help tie in the overall design. When adding art pieces, build from the center out. Industrial-inspired brick walls can also serve as the main background for your furniture, so position your furniture purposely.

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6. Add curtains or drapes for privacy.

While having massive glass windows is perfect in inviting natural lighting into the loft, it can also pose some privacy issues. One easy fix: add curtains. Again, consider your overall color scheme when shopping for the right curtain and fabric print. The safest route is to choose a plain-colored curtain that matches your color choices for your space. 

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Urban Chic: Is Loft Living Ideal for You? (Part I)

Nothing says modern lifestyle than loft living. This type of residential living offers a fusion of organic and industrial, cool and clean as well as modern and chic interior design. One look at lofts and you can't help but conjure up images of the sophisticated resident that lives heremost likely a power-suit-wearing professional, perhaps a bachelor whose weekends include social parties or a single lady who takes yearly vacations to the French capital and keeps her cabernet sauvignon closer than her enemies.

But while the idea of open spaces and high ceilings are appealing, not everyone is cut out for loft living. In this part I of our loft living feature, we take a closer look at whether loft living is ideal for you. PHOTOGRAPHY BY REALTOR BRIAN JOHNSON (Interest piqued? Email to set up an appointment to see this new loft in Tampa).

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1. You love open spaces and high ceilings.

A signature look of a loft apartment or townhouse is its open space. If you love spaces that flow from one room to the other, you will certainly fit well living in this modern space. That being said, you also need to be creative in filling up empty spaces with the right furniture and decor so rooms look cohesive aesthetically, not dull and bare. When buying furniture, carefully consider height and proportions, especially since lofts often have high ceilings so finding the right statement chandelier, for instance, is a decorating necessity. Keep an eye out on part II of this feature for more photos and loft interior decorating ideas.

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2. You are drawn to modern and boxy architecture.

Some do not like a home with a heavy straight-line architecture, especially on the outside because it creates a more warehouse-look exterior, rather than a traditional place of dwelling. Others think loft design lacks the warm curb appeal that you typically get from a Southern-inspired bungalow with a wrap-around porch. But those who love loft living adore its modern, urban concrete designinside or out. 

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3. You gravitate toward lots of natural lighting and wide glass windows.

Who doesn't love natural lighting? But those who want loft living takes this preference to a whole new level with floor-to-ceiling glass windows. This design element not only invites more sunshine but also makes the loft more transparent, so those who prefer privacy over natural lighting may be less thrilled about it. Having more glass windows may also be a challenge to control room temperature, so be sure to weigh in all pros and cons of loft living before committing to one.

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4. You are inspired by the mix of organic and industrial elements.

Yes, loft design is anything but boring. It's often a fusion of cool elements, like an organic wood staircase with industrial-inspired handle rails. Some may argue loft interior has the artsy-feel of a craft beer gastropub, but lacks the warmth as compared to, say, a rustic farmhouse home. But loft living is chic, modern and sophisticatedand if these qualities best describe you, then your space should reflect your personal aesthetics.

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5. Exposed brick walls have a special place in your heart.

Oh yes, who could forget those exposed brick walls? It's nearly impossible to describe a loft without the exposed brick wall, which gives it an industrial appeal. Brick walls make a great backdrop against key home furniture and interior elements, like in the case above, the living room's entertainment center.

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6. You love the minimalist look and clean lines.

You can't stand clutter. Instead, you prefer the minimalist lookclean lines, fewer furniture and more black-and-white interior elements to keep the overall design classic but ultra-chic.

If you are already head-over-heels in love with this loft without even seeing the rest of the photo gallery in part II of this feature, ask Brian Johnson for an appointment to visit this new modern property in Tampa. But if you can wait, more coming in our next Home featuremeet us there!

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Insanely Cool Bedroom Ideas for Teens

Here's the thing: When it comes to decorating your teenage kid's bedroom, safe won't cut it. In fact, in the same way they are still discovering who they are as individuals and what their passions in life are, many young kids are also exploring their personal aesthetics when it comes to home decorating. Here are some insanely cool bedrooms to help ignite creative ideas when helping to decorate the private spaces of your Snapchat-loving, selfie-obsessed teenage kids. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN JOHNSON

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Who needs a traditional headboard if you can use surf paddles to create a focal point? This surf-inspired bedroom is perfect for your kids who love to catch the summer waves. Be sure to carry the theme down to the smallest details, including adding a colorful surf board bed sheet and accent pillow.

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Is your teeny-bopper a Taylor Swift fan? Jazz up her blank space (sorry, can't help!) with musical elements that speak her personal style. A little detail, such as a black-and-white accent pillow in piano key prints, go a long way in invoking her musical muse. Skip the boring picture frame to decorate the wall. Instead, be unexpected and add a verse of her favorite pop song instead. 

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Ah, even the mighty Thor would approve of this. Delight your comic-loving, Marvel-fanatic teen with a superhero-themed personal space. No super powers needed to put this look together. Bring in the Avenger-inspired throw pillows (Ariana's favorite? Smash-loving Hulk!) and complete the look with a "Shazam" wall decor. I personally adore the exposed brick wall, which gives an industrial feel that ties in well with the tin can bedside tables.

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Want a space that's not too masculine nor too feminine? This one fits the mold. The Chevron bed sheets, sequined and zebra-print pillows give it a little bit of feminine touch, but the contrast of galvanized sheets that serve as industrialized bed canopy gives this androgynous bedroom an edgier, more masculine appeal. Got that right, it's perfect for your skate board-loving or Chuck Taylor-wearing teenage kid. 

Which bedroom offers the best surprise for you? Let's chat in the comment box below, shall we?

Decorating Ideas: Turn Your Bedroom Into a Dreamy Private Space

Your bedroom is your own little slice of heaven. It's your private nook. Your happy place. When renovating or decorating your home, pay extra attention to the smallest detail. Whether it's a rug, pillow or a headboard, add the right elements that speak of your personal interior decorating style. Here are a few ideas on how to turn your bedroom into a space where sweet dreams are made. | PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN JOHNSON

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TIP 1: Turn the headboard as the focal point by making it unexpected, like the one above which is made of pieced-together book pages. So simple yet so creativeeven non-bookworms would approve!

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TIP 2: Pick a theme. It helps to have a theme to make the interior look cohesive. It's also easier to shop when you have settled on a theme and are able to narrow down your print, color and design choices. For a little girl's room, make it fancy and fabulous like the ballerina-inspired bedroom above. From the print of the comforter to the matching pillows and lovely bedside ballerina statues, the room overall has just the right amount of pink and the right dosage of whimsy.

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TIP 3: Pick a gorgeous chandelier to create a sense of hotel-like luxury. You'll be amazed by how a single chandelier can turn an otherwise "blah" room into a "wow" space. 

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TIP 4: Decorate with art pieces that truly speak of you. It's safe to say that the owner of this room is a dog-lover, right? Think of artworks that describe you best or tell your story, whether you are a cat person, a farm-loving Southern belle or a lover of modern art. Bottom line, decorate your bedroom with art that makes you happy. It is, after all, your own happy place!

How about you? Did you do any of these things for your own bedroom? Share your thoughts down below.

How To Find the Right Chandelier

If a house is a woman dressing up, chandeliers are her accessories. I'd like to think of chandeliers as a pair of statement earningsthey dangle to serve a purpose. The right chandelier should draw your eye in, frame the area and spotlight where it needs it the most. Finding the right one is a matter of personal taste, like one's personal preference for an interior decor. But there are basic tips to help you find the right one that fits your room well. The hubby/real estate investor and agent Brian Johnsonwho has extensive experience in renovating homesoffers a few helpful ideas:

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN JOHNSON

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN JOHNSON

TIP 1: Start by getting the proper measurement. It's often easy to get carried away by how lovely a chandelier is while browsing through Wayfair's selections or shopping at Pottery Barn or Ethan Allen (ummm...guilty!) that it can be easier to forget whether it will fit your room's dimensions. Before you start shopping for a chandelier, measure your room's height and width. You certainly don't want to overwhelm the area with a chandelier that is too large or pick one that is too high that it will pose the risk of bumping into it each time you stand up or walk around the room.   

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Chandeliers by ethan allen

TIP 2: Don't be too carried away by what's trendy.  Sure crystal chandeliers may be trendy or rustic Farmhouse illumination may be all the rage (thanks to HGTV's Joanna Gaines' farmhouse-inspired makeovers), but who's to say they will be trendy in three years? Instead, stick to your own aesthetics and pick a chandelier that will truly give a statement that matches your personal style.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN JOHNSON

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN JOHNSON

TIP 3: Placement is important. In order for a chandelier to be the focal point of a room, place it at the center of the furniture, such as a dining table. It is a common mistake to place the chandelier in the middle of the room without properly considering furniture placement. Also consider the shape of your furniture. As a general rule of thumb, your chandelier should be a third of the furniture's dimension. This means a 20-inch chandelier would fit right on a 60-inch dining table. 

Chandeliers by Wayfair

Chandeliers by Wayfair

TIP 4: This one's not written in stone. Some homes that have old architecture can sometimes get away with a slightly modern chandelier to give the overall interior a more refreshing look. If you prefer an eccentric home design, you can certainly mix-and-match different styles, including a mismatched chandelier. But a more practical option is to keep your chandelier complementary with the overall interior design so that there's a cohesive theme throughout your home.