When we think of ‘loft living' we often conjure up images of sprawling New York apartments with exposed brick and metalwork, surrounded by high-end designer pieces and luxurious furnishings. Whilst most of us don't own an apartment in Manhattan, a little interior inspiration never hurt anyone! We've put together some of our favourite ideas for adding a touch of city living to your home.
As a staple feature in any loft apartment, an exposed brick wall is the perfect way to bring a little city-chic into a room. Its colouring can bring warmth to a room and the texture is ideal for creating a stylish focal point or backdrop. If you don't have an exposed brick wall in your home, you can create the look with Brick Slip tiles or even wallpaper.
Exposed metals also work well with this style as they create an industrial feel which is often found in loft apartments. Try recreating this look at home with copper or metal accessories such as lamps, bookends and picture frames.
Soften the look
To prevent your room from feeling to stark or harsh, try adding softer textures to your furnishings to keep your room feeling homely. We love small touches like fairy lights or floral bedding which help bring the style together and are fairly inexpensive. Cushions and throws are also fantastic ways to add a little cosiness to a room and stop it feeling too ‘industrial'.
If industrial is what you're aiming for however, try using smooth fabrics in monochrome or grey tones to keep the theme running throughout the room. We love this ‘King of the Sofa' cushion from Notonthehighstreet.com – grey, on-trend and fun!
If you have a small room in your home you're struggling to decorate, loft apartments are a fantastic source of inspiration as they often combine multiple elements in one room. Space is often at a premium in apartments, so finding clever ways to utilise high ceilings or storage solutions are brilliant for making your room feel as big as possible. We love Stylist's ideas for small spaces which is the perfect place to start gathering some ideas.
A common theme amongst well designed rooms on the smaller side is using light coloured paint on the walls with minimal decor, pale and compact furniture, and reflective surfaces which bounce light around the room.
We hope this has given you some good ideas to get started on your next project but if you do need more inspiration, take a look at Apartment Therapy's wonderful loft tours.
Bedroom - Brit.co
Compact apartment - Pinterest
Brick effect wall - Topps Tiles Brick Slips range