In the modern world, the loft style is very popular because it is the most versatile. It fits perfectly with the rhythm of life of modern people and is very unusual.
It is important to know how to properly decorate a loft-style apartment.
Features of the
A loft-style apartment is characterized by the presence of a large amount of free space. The room should not have unnecessary boundaries. The interior design itself should be simple. In this case, zoning in studios is carried out without the use of screens and sliding doors; for separation, a change in textures, materials and colors is used.
Loft translates from English as an attic. Thus, he is distinguished by a certain negligence, even sloppiness. The loft style appeared after workshops and storage rooms, including attic or attic, began to be converted into living rooms. Completely deserted rooms filled with life, and at the same time they became unusual in design.
The loft style involves the use of fairly simple furniture that is highly functional. When choosing a color scheme, preference is often given to cold tones, which is the main feature of this style. There are practically no decorative elements in the interior design in this style. As a rule, all passages are widened, all boundaries are erased.
The same applies to the windows: they try to make them as large as possible, so more light gets into the room, and it becomes spacious. In such rooms, they try to emphasize the carelessness of the wall decoration. At first glance, when the room has not yet been furnished with furniture and other interior items, it may even seem that the renovation has not been completed. However, this is not true.
This style involves an emphasis on unfinished brickwork, on emphatically open pipes and other communications, as well as on the roughness of gray plaster. As a rule, studio apartments or spacious rooms are decorated in the loft style. The stylistics does not use division into functional zones and rooms, which is especially pronounced.
If you have a studio apartment, then a feature of the loft-style interior is that it will all be open, only the sleeping area can be hidden from prying eyes. There are no abrupt transitions and barriers in this style. Large interior items are not typical here.
The largest piece of furniture can be a sofa, and it is often placed in the center of the room.
Loft-style studio apartments are designed with tall furniture. Models with chrome legs are welcome. The use of bar counters and cast iron stoves is very popular. As for the materials that are chosen for such premises, then most often it is glass, metal. The tree is much less common.
Furniture has minimalistic design and also some mirrored elements. When arranging an apartment in this style, you need to try to make as much space as possible in the rooms and expand the premises, erase all boundaries. Another characteristic feature of the loft style is the grouping and mixing of different architectural trends. In addition, these apartments are characterized by very high ceilings, you can even leave the ceiling frame open.
If, nevertheless, it is decided to make some partitions, then it is better that they are translucent. For decor, you can use only thematic images and unusual bright posters. On the walls, inscriptions and abstract patterns will look interesting. Such industrial features look harmonious and fashionable. The staircase, if it is inside the house or apartment, must be metal.
All walls are done frequently in one color scheme. If you want to experiment with surface finishes, then it is better to choose floors or ceilings as an accent. Most of all, gray tones should be present in the apartment. An important feature of the loft style is that very little financial resources are required to decorate such a room, because concrete or brickwork are the most affordable options.
In general, the loft style is a special and unique option that fits perfectly for creative and extraordinary personalities… When decorating the interior, you can carry out the most unusual experiments and actively use your imagination, while the possibilities will not be limited.
The more unusual and strange the arrangement of the room is, the more pronounced the direction of the loft will be.
As for the footage of an apartment for a loft, it can be varied. However, one-room spacious premises are more suitable for this direction. A small 1-room typical studio apartment is an excellent solution for this style, its dimensions can be 40, 42, 45 sq. m. More spacious two-room apartments with an area of 50 sq. m. m or 55 sq. m (standard "Khrushchevs"), as well as three-room houses can also be decorated in a loft style.
Pay attention to the height of the ceilings: in more modern studio apartments, the ceilings are high, but in "Khrushchevs" they are about 2.5 meters. With high ceilings and a small area, you can use loft-type furniture, which is located 180 cm above the floor. Some storage systems can also be placed up to two meters.
A two-level large or small apartment can also be decorated in a loft style. Attic apartments are perfect for this area. On the second floor, you can equip a room that looks like an attic, but for a residential purpose. The ladder should be small, metal. The area of the room is not the main thing, the most important is the layout. If possible, then it is necessary to get rid of unnecessary partitions and walls and make the room more spacious, getting rid of borders.
The color scheme of the loft is not as simple as it seems initially. There are no hard and fast rules, but the style still limits the color choices. To make a room more spacious, it should be light, which is why rooms, especially small ones, are best decorated in light colors. You can even have one white accent wall.
Colors should be versatile and neutral… It is best to combine gray, white, milky shades. A burgundy color that imitates brickwork, as well as beige, sand, gray-brown is also acceptable. If you want to add coziness, then warm shades should be used in small quantities in the "cold" room.
You need to choose one dominant shade that will prevail in the interior, and select the rest based on it.
Bright colors can help to place accents, but in large quantities they are unacceptable for a loft, otherwise the interior will lose its uniqueness and peculiarity, since elements of rich color will overload the interior. It is better if brick shades dominate the interior: they are brighter than taupe, but match the style.
Red and woody tones are also acceptable. You can choose other colors, but not all of them can fit into such an interior.You can dilute these rather boring nuances with wine, chocolate, dark blue, terracotta flowers in small quantities.
For the decoration of such premises, natural materials are mainly chosen: brick, concrete or natural wood. Glass and some metal elements are perfect for finishing. So, a brick wall goes well with a wooden window frame, and concrete walls are in perfect harmony with metal-plastic windows. As for the materials for the floor, they can also be varied. For this, both a natural board and a laminate are suitable. It is better if coatings of cold shades are used. Parquet board is also considered acceptable.
The simplest option is a cement screed floor. Some people use self-leveling floors or simply lay the usual glossy ceramic tiles. To decorate the ceilings, use whitewash or paint it white or gray, so the room becomes visually taller. In the loft style, the ceiling and floor are usually left rough. For decoration, natural stone and crystal are additionally used, these elements can be present in the design of lighting sources. Leather and suede, as well as natural fur, are no less popular. All these environmentally friendly materials fit perfectly into this style.
It is better to completely abandon plastic and vinyl., but they can be used in small quantities. They can imitate natural wood or stone finishes. It is better if all surfaces are roughly processed, this is especially true for wooden floorboards and some large furniture. Metallic objects should have a matte or glossy sheen, this shimmer will perfectly complement this style. For decoration, you can use materials such as chenille and leatherette.
In no case should velvet elements be used.
Decorating loft-style rooms from the inside suggests that the owner of an apartment or house must get rid of unnecessary partitions, built-in wardrobes and storage rooms. Mezzanines are also inappropriate and clutter up. Also, if possible, you need to increase the size of the windows or their number. It is better to install shelves of an open type, try to place as few decorative elements and accessories on them as possible, leaving only the necessary things.
For interior decoration of rooms and window frames it is better not to use curtains and curtains… Windows should be fully open and clear to maximize light access. If you do not like open windows, then you need to broadcast not standard curtains, but horizontal blinds: during the day they are fully understood, and at night they are lowered to hide from the light.
When arranging an apartment from the inside, it is better to arrange furniture not along the edges of the room, as is usually done, but as if randomly. It should not be adjacent to walls or other surfaces. If you want to place large furniture around the perimeter (for example, a sofa), then it should be located at least 30 cm to the wall surface. When decorating the kitchen, it is better to use noticeable hoods and branch pipes.
Explicit and specially emphasized communications are the main characteristic of the loft style. So, it is better to dismantle pipes, as well as metal ceilings. Some even seek to preserve ventilation shafts and grilles, beams, and some rusty elements. Thus, there is practically no need for additional finishing. In addition, when finishing, you can release cables and fix them on the surface of the walls - they will add an interesting note of negligence to this direction.
Ceilings are best done with regular white ceilings, but the more interesting is the use of wooden beams. In addition, they can be decorated with hanging metal lamps (especially for small apartments).If the room is small, then the ceilings should be light, but if it is spacious, then you can give preference to darker options.
You can decorate the ceiling with ordinary paint or whitewash.
For the loft style, a rough floor is perfect, but you can also choose imitation of stone, concrete. Unfinished wooden floors are very popular. Tiles and porcelain stoneware are often used to decorate floors, as these glossy surfaces are great for loft style. The tiles should not have patterned patterns, but only natural images and textures. The use of black and white mosaics is acceptable, but it also does not have to be lined up in the correct geometric pattern.
If the house is brick, then it is better to use rough brick walls for decoration. If this is not possible, then you can additionally make brickwork on one wall. In addition, it is better to lighten the seams between the bricks in order to highlight each structural element more vividly. You can use plaster to decorate the walls. The loft style does not allow for finishing.
The surface should be rough and give the impression of being unfinished.… If you want to make a not too dark room, then you can mix white and gray cement and highlight one wall with them, and paint the rest in a darker color.
In the living room, at least one wall must be completely untreated, it is better for her to return to its original appearance. Other walls can be covered with plaster. If you want to make the walls of a room with a wooden decorative design, then you should give preference to plastic panels with an imitation of a wooden texture, but this material should be used in minimal quantities. The walls can have fabric and leather decorative inserts.
The choice of furniture for the loft style should be taken more seriously. It is better if it is medium-sized and at the same time as functional as possible. It should not clutter up the room. In addition, there should be some large pieces of furniture in the room. All products must be simple in design.
First of all, you need to decide on a sleeping place, especially in a studio apartment. A classic low bed, an ottoman or a small sofa is perfect for this. It is better to purchase sofas and armchairs leather, with a rough texture. Sleeping furniture can be placed on a podium, in which additional storage boxes are often equipped. When choosing small pieces of furniture it is better to give preference to transformers.
So, folding chairs, stools, transforming tables for computers are perfect.
It is better if the furniture has wheels so that it can be rearranged at any time if it gets in the way. Small poufs can be used as seating places. For storing things, it is better to give preference to furniture with through racks, shelving, open shelves. In order to place clothes, you can pick up a comfortable and roomy wardrobe with a mirrored surface.
As for the arrangement of the kitchen, it is better to replace the dining table with a bar counter. This solution is the most stylish and functional. In addition, the bar takes up less space. For her, you can buy stylish bar stools that will fit under the table top at any time. The bar counter allows you to solve the problem of zoning and saves space in the room.
It is better if the furniture is not quite standard… Aged and vintage items are perfect. Try to group furniture so that you can divide spacious loft-style rooms into zones, so it will be easier to get rid of many partitions. If you decide to opt for a classic table design, then it is better to choose models with a wooden table top and a metal base. Chairs can also have a metal frame. Models with chrome legs and folding designs are popular.
Small bedside tables and dressers can also be used to store things. It is better to place metal and glass pieces of furniture in the bathroom. So, for a sink or bath, a material such as stainless steel is perfect. Plumbing should be as simple as possible and not very modern. The kitchen unit can be completely wooden or have metal surfaces.
For the arrangement of bedrooms and nurseries, it is better to use more compact wooden beds, and they need to be decorated only with plain blankets. There should not be bright accents here, since the sleeping area is almost invisible.
If you want to diversify the interior, then you can put several pillows on sofas and armchairs, or purchase chair covers. You can do them yourself.
When decorating an apartment in the loft style, you can use unusual design ideas. Small hanging objects on the ceilings, including metal ones, help to set the mood. For decoration, you can also use jars with buttons of different shades. Glasses with bugles, beads, nuts will help to place accents. Decorating vessels can be filled with the most unusual and uncharacteristic contents.
If you want vases and flower pots, then they should be simple in design and not too bright. Small cisterns can be used instead of flower pots. Traffic signs, lifebuoys and other unusual items are often used for wall decoration. It is better not to clutter the window sills, it is better to arrange decorative elements on dressers and cabinets. For paintings, abstract works of art are acceptable.
Still lifes can be used to decorate the kitchen. In the living room, it is worth decorating the wall with bright graffiti, abstract prints. Pictures can be placed on the wall in a chaotic manner, and large works of art can not be hung at all, but only leaned against the walls.
Stylish options in the interior
Designers offer many interesting and unusual examples of loft-style interiors. So, in order to place accents, you can make a multi-level light. Color accents in the interior can be pillows, books with colored covers or blankets.
Wicker furniture and a low table will look great in such a room. The coffee table can be made of glass with metal legs. Storage systems, dressers can be replaced with vintage chests. Many things will fit in them.
Soft leather furniture of different shades fits perfectly into such an interior: red, black, brown. In order to make the interior look more interesting, it is better to choose vintage sofas with scuffs.
Interesting design in gray-blue colors. You can accentuate it with a small red sofa or purple pouf. When choosing interior colors, give preference to only two primary colors; it is better to choose other furnishings in shades derived from the main ones.
Natural or decorative stone looks very fashionable in the loft style. It can be used for finishing walkways and walls.
You can put a fireplace in the living room and place a beautiful rug with a sofa or armchairs near it.
Such an interior will seem cozy. The fireplace is made of brick or just imitate it. As for the technique, it should not be too flashy and bright. It is better to place the TV on the wall opposite the sofa.
The loft style is characterized by the use of unusual solutions. So, if you have a bar counter, then on bar stools you can replace ordinary seats with old bicycle ones. An old suitcase will do the job well. The classic vase of the traditional type should be removed and replaced with glass bottles that can be painted with acrylic paint. These touches in the interior can give it completeness.
Lamps look stylish in such an interior, the design of which is similar to the design of a miner's flashlight. Also, diode lamps should be used as a backlight in the interior of loft-style rooms. When choosing furniture upholstery give preference to models with newspaper prints or unusual inscriptions. Photos and paintings must be in black and white and vintage. Natural or faux fur can be placed on the floor or wall as an alternative to large colored rugs.
For information on how to create a loft style in a one-room apartment, see the next video.