Loft is a modern young interior style. This style is imbued with the color of industrial plants and urban romance. The loft-style interiors are filled with light and the spirit of freedom; it is characterized by open spaces and an abundance of industrial elements (huge windows, high ceilings, open beams and pipes, unfinished brick walls and concrete).
Literally “loft” translates as an attic, attic, gallery. The interior in the loft style appeared as a result of the conversion of old industrial premises, workshops and workshops to residential spaces. This original style of the house eventually was liked and was appreciated by its owners. This style was born in the USA in the 40s of the twentieth century and eventually came to Europe. It is preferred by creative people who like freedom and are not like ordinary interiors. Non-standard production areas dictates a special characteristics of this direction.
Loft is a huge room with open space, filled with natural light, thanks to large windows. Such rooms have high ceilings and the absence of any partitions, due to this, getting into such an interior can be considered from one point. In these apartments is a minimum of isolated rooms, all functional areas flow from one to another, only bathrooms and utility rooms are hidden from eyes.
The harmonious combination of architectural techniques and decorative solutions is the main idea of the loft style. This interior combines elements of industrial brutality (brick walls, peeling painted elements, shabby metal and open communications that are visible) with HI-TECH equipment, practical lighting systems, chrome parts, unusual furniture and mirrors in frames.
Distinctive features of the loft in the interior:
- planning decisions. Open planning, the almost complete absence of partitions. All functional areas are separated by different types of zoning (color, light, light furniture or glass partitions)
- materials and textures. Coarse stucco, rough concrete and masonry. Open structural elements and engineering communications: beams, columns, trusses, pipes, are a unique element of the loft interior.
- colors. In the interior in the loft style, dim, “burnt out”, “wiped” colors are mainly used, causing associations with production, construction, and attic. The colors of concrete, brick, copper, metal, aged wood are contrasted with the white and other light colors of the cold spectrum, sometimes there are dotted inclusions of bright colors in the form of decorative elements.
- The walls and floor in the interior of the loft should look like yesterday they took out the machines, equipment or the “grandmother’s” drawer. Heterogeneous surfaces, rough textures, protruding structures. The texture of concrete is typical for the floor, but to create warmth, comfort and practicality, they also use aged parquet or ceramic tiles.
- windows are large, ideally, panoramic almost the entire wall, not burdened with curtains and curtains and other textile decoration. The color of the frames is mainly aged wood, dark brown or black.
- ceiling. High ceilings are an integral part of the loft style. The more light and space will be in this room, the better. The ceiling is unfinished, concrete, wood trim is possible, but always with any open structural elements (air ducts, beams, wiring).
- furniture, first of all, must be functional and concise. The loft style uses a minimum amount of it, placing it along the walls to avoid the feeling of an “empty” uninhabited home. Furniture in style can be almost any. The combination of furniture of opposite styles and textures looks most advantageous in the interior. In one space welcome mix brutal, coarse furniture with minimal. Well, if a loft with hints of bohemian nature, eclectic chairs, armchairs and even dressers, wardrobes or other furniture of unusual shape that attract attention are quite appropriate.
- lighting. The use of diverse sources of illumination is characteristic, besides the main function, they play the role of a connecting element of the interior. With the help of a large number of luminaires, the space can be zoned, emphasizing each residential zone or, on the contrary, combining the room. Chandeliers with a metal frame, pendant lamps, floor lamps, floor lamps with large lampshades and an unusual silhouette are often used, desk lamps on a flexible leg are used on desktops, and track light or lamps on a string are used to create additional volume. When choosing lighting equipment should be guided by the materials from which they are made. Metal, wood, concrete, glass is good.
- decor. Vintage advertising posters, bold graffiti, black and white photographs, paintings, signs, original figurines, sculptures and vases. Decor elements to your taste, they emphasize the individuality and uniqueness of the interior. Properly chosen decor will make the space holistic, filled and alive.
The traditional loft-style interior can be divided into three subtypes, each of which has distinctive decorative techniques and elements.
This is a loft where furniture, accessories and decor are selected with particular creativity. Skillful mix of modern designer furniture is connected by avant-garde art objects (paintings, sculptures, ikebana and musical instruments). This underground creates a playful unique mood in the interior.
Glamorous loft is, first of all, a special color palette, it is not standard combinations of pastel shades, specially selected lamps: pompous chandeliers, glass ceiling lamps, LED lighting, as well as decor in the form of mirrors in frames, tropical plants in concrete vases and skins animals on the floor or carpets.
This is the most popular (understandable) direction of the loft in interior design, the classic “shop floor” loft. It is characterized by metal trusses, open air ducts, pipes and wires. Furniture is the correct form.
Loft style for free-spirited people, for lovers of space, volume and light. Undoubtedly, an open plan is not acceptable for everyone, but it is certainly possible to introduce elements of this attic style into any living space.
Loft style is a mixture of various, dissimilar, bright and interesting elements and textures in one apartaments. And the main “trick” is to connect everything so that everything looks surprisingly natural, fresh and laconic!
P.S. Photos of interiors are taken from the Internet.