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How to decorate loft style homes: go industrial

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How to decorate loft style homes incorporates work space with living space

For urban dwellers in the 1970s loft style residences became the habitat of choice. Lofts were affordable, very chic looking and offered enough space that a person could integrate his home and his work into one large, bright spacious area. Loft living has continued to be popular because of the perks it provides and the challenges of how to decorate loft style homes.

Decorating a loft requires a different approach from decorating a conventional apartment or home, where there are lots of walls and actual rooms, which is not the loft concept. Openness is the name of the game when it comes to lofts.
 
Loft style home industrial decorating ideas should be taken into consideration to make the most of large windows, ample space and interesting architectural and structural elements that are integral to the loft.

Loft style homes are modern, usually cutting edge, featuring interconnected areas. The essence of the space is that it was once an industrial or manufacturing site, and this should be claimed, not disguised. Work with the loft origins not against them. When you plan your decorating options, think about industrial details, store display fixtures, gridwall systems, and exposed structure.
  
If you are lucky you may end up with an exposed brick wall in your loft, which is a beautiful element. Exposed ceilings and beams are features of a loft home and should be embraced, enjoyed and certainly not covered up.

Areas in a loft are separated by bookshelves or screens or simply by designating different areas via the use of furniture placement and area rugs that distinguish the sitting area from the eating area from the bedroom. 

Stainless steel appliances look especially good in a loft kitchen.

Achieving a manufacturing or industrial feel is done by incorporating materials such as plastic, metal, brick and rubber into the decor. Preserving the original elements of the building, which may once have served as a factory, is the way to go. Leave beams, cables, pipes and duct work intact and work around them. 

Space is the drawing card of loft style homes so make the most of it using elements, colors and materials that enhance the space but do not intrude into the space. Many loft owners choose to go with a minimalist style.

You are going to have a lot of light in your loft because lofts generally feature huge windows, many of them. The good thing about these large windows is that you will never be deprived of natural sunlight and will have an awesome view but there are privacy concerns, and on occasion you may want to sleep until noon and not be awakened by the sunlight. Consider installing blinds, which can be rolled up or rolled down.

Separating your bedroom area from the rest of the loft can be achieved by using free-standing room dividers or screens that come in beautiful styles. The dividers can be translucent or opaque or made out of fabric, and they are portable so you can move them around at a whim.

You have lots of wall space to work with in a loft. The ceilings are high. This gives you an ample palette for art work, which should be large enough that it does not get swallowed up in the vastness of the loft. 

Initially, an empty loft may appear cold and too big, but you can make it home by utilizing a mixture of styles and inviting colors. 

Lofts are particularly accommodating if you work from home because they afford you lots of space. You can easily use one portion of the loft for work and the other for your domicile. 
Loft-living is especially appealing to those that love light and spaciousness. If you feel more comfortable in a dark, cavernous space loft-living is not going to be your cup of tea.

Resources:
Creativity Portal: decorating loft space bedrooms
Deluxe-Interior.com: loft style design

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