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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