Design Recipes: Tips to improve your loft life

Cathy Hobbs
Tribune News Service
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Lofts have a certain appeal. High ceilings, walls of windows and an industrial feel are just a few of the details that make these spaces special. Often, lofts have open, spacious floor plans that for some may pose distinct challenges. Love loft-style living but need some design tips? Here are some ideas to help get you started.

1. Embrace the “bones” of a space. Instead of trying to hide industrial details, add even more to help make the space feel cohesive.

2. Add texture such as faux fur or shag. Lofts often feel cavernous — adding texture will help add warmth to a space.

An oversized rug adds a sense of spaciousness in this loft-style space.

3. Highlight tall windows by adding drapery.

4. Consider a neutral color scheme. Black, white and gray are great colors that can be used either as a neutral combination or foundation, which can serve as a springboard for a color palette.

5. Use a large-scale rug. Larger rugs will help make large spaces feel open and spacious.

6. Incorporate lighting that helps frame furniture vignettes and layouts. Arc floor lamps tend to work well.

A dining space in a loft.

7. Blend wood elements such as furniture pieces or accessories when possible. They can help bring a sense of warmth as well as a modern vibe.

8. Use low-profile furniture to help create a modern, sleek arrangement.

9. Go glossy. From high-gloss paint to lacquer, these finishes can help add a sense of glam.

10. Have fun with finishes. From chrome and nickel to brass, metals can help add interest.

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at info@cathyhobbs.com or visit her website at cathyhobbs.com. 

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