The loft is quite a modern style which becomes increasingly popular for the last years. Its slogan is “Fresh air and no partitions”. This is the style for creative, modern and spiritually free personalities. By its nature, it is very similar to the minimalist but gives a person wider space for fantasy, ideas and intentions. Probably this is the main reason why it is beloved by so many people.
The style peculiarities
English «loft» means attic or upper storey apartment. In the USA in 40-s the production started moving outside the cities, therefore, the vacated warehouses, deserted factories, workshops started being equipped for the residential purposes. Most frequently such premises were occupied by the creative personalities where they spent not only their private time but also conducted their exhibitions, presentations. When the rent became very expensive, these premises were transferred to richer people: business people, politicians, bankers. They introduced new details into the interior, expensive furniture, décor and equipment. Since that time the loft interior starts being immensely popular. From ancient, primary premises the beams are left, concrete or brick walls, pipes, ventilation systems. And all this is complemented by modern metal and chromized elements, newest household appliances and furniture. Loft premises differ by high ceilings, large windows free space, big amount of light and absence of partitions. Generally, the loft apartment is one large premise where the rooms are separated from each other by different zoning techniques. Ideally, separate premises are represented only by the toilet facilities and bedroom. Loft fits the uninhibited personalities, who may express their feelings and desires, who love space and freedom of movements.
The loft Living room
The living room is the most spacious premise in the house, especially in the loft style. The interior or such living room should include the large windows, wooden floor, high ceilings and rough walls.
The loft kitchen
Usually, for the kitchen in such interior not much space is given. This is rather the space for cooking the fast food. The kitchen furniture should be placed in one of the living room corners. Besides, these two premises may be separated by a modern breakfast bar with the drinking glass and chromised shelves for them. The kitchen area should have much glass, chrome, dishes of simple form, the minimum amount of kitchen appliances, and, surely, highly technological equipment: the dishwasher, modern stove, oven or coffee-maker. Besides, the loft presupposes the presence of different combinations of glass and concrete in the kitchen, for instance, an interesting solution may become the glass splash-back of the working area on the common concrete wall. The industrialism may be underlined by the massive extract ventilation imitating the ancient ventilation pipes.
The furniture may be of any colors. Besides, the key requirement is compactness, functionality and simplicity. The dinner table and chairs should also be simple by shapes in the minimalism style. Special attention should be given to the lighting, which should be abundant. All working area of the kitchen should be well-illuminated. This may be achieved through the application of illumination, inbuilt lamps and additional lamps. Fixed to the ceiling long luminous lamps look very natural at the loft kitchen. Generally, the loft kitchen is the space where the boldest fantasies and ideas may be realized. Such kitchen may be even located in the center of the living room, contain large fireplace or heater and be separated from the sitting room only by the style of finish.
The loft bedroom
The fireplace which may be constructed with the addition of brick laying will look well at the bedroom. This is the element which may become they key one of the room. If you wish, you may complement the bedroom with the décor and flowers. Besides, watch that these items do not stand out from the general interior stylistics.
The loft bathroom
A bathroom is a culminating place for the loft style. This is where the key style elements: concrete, steel, glass, chrome should be widely represented. If the bathroom is a separate premise, it shall be separated from the remaining space by the ordinary walls. If the bathroom is adjoining to the bedroom, these two premises may be separated using the glass partition, which will allow unifying the space. But the owners of such bathroom should be uninhibited personalities since their private space will be absolutely open. The floors and walls of the bathroom are usually laid with the monochrome tiles, the combination of black and white is frequently used. The loft style will welcome both the shower cubicle and the large bathtub. If you choose the shower cubicle, the concrete partitions will look very interesting. The concrete itself may be mosaic. If you use the separately standing bathtub, it may be made of stone or wood, which will underline the style individuality. The sink may be both state-of-the-art with the water mixers made of stainless steel or steel or in the retro style with the massive gilded water mixers.
The interior may be complemented by different glass shelves as if hanging in the air and giving the lightness and airiness to space. Do not forget about illumination. The illumination emerging as if from nowhere will be perfect. For instance, the illumination under the bathtub or around the mirror, as well as the illumination sources built into the walls. The key element may become a lamp in the form of a large drop in the center of the bathroom. One more interesting solution for the bathroom is the pinpoint light, which may be moved changing the illumination of the bathroom as you wish.
The loft entrance hall
The entrance hall is the premise which allows making the first impression from the house. The acquaintance with the house starts from the entrance hall. Therefore, the interior should be thoroughly panned. Most frequently, the loft style presupposes the light monotonic entrance hall. For finishing, use black, white and gray colors. The invisible sliding door wardrobe may be located there, the doors of which are made of glass or covered with gloss to extend the space. One of the walls may contain a brick laying traditional for the loft style. Besides, a large mirror may become a key element of the entrance hall. The frame may be both simple and massive. The furniture may be represented by convenient hassocks of different shapes and colors. For your clothes, use the freakish hangers matching the interior.
The illumination in the entrance hall is very important. There should be much light, the semi-darkness is not preferable. It would be better to have one main lamp and inbuilt resources of the point light.
The loft children’s room
The children’s room — is a special place at any house. It is very important for the child to feel comfortable in his/her room to study and have rest here, to spend private time and welcome the guests. As the loft style presupposes the rough walls and floor, you may add bright colors to dilute the interior. For instance, to place the freakish sofa or comfortable bright bean bags, where the guests may sit. Freakish glass chair hanged to the ceiling may become a comfortable place for the child. It may also be made movable with the help of beam on the ceiling. Besides, the working table should be the simplest and subtle by color. The carpet in the centre of the room or the art-object on the wall may become a bright spot in the children’s room.
Perfect technique for the loft children’s room will become the separation of space into 2 zones: working and sleeping. This may be achieved with the help of screen or second level. In the basic area, the working area is created with the help of the table with the modern computer and other equipment. And on the special upper level with the ladder, the bed is located. The very construction of this level serves as the bed. This may also be the place for the books to read before the sleep. The main thing is to create a good illumination which may be controlled by the child. The correctly arranged loft children’s room will help the child to develop and will give the space for his/her creative abilities.
The balcony joined with the rest of the space will be an ideal solution for the loft style. For this purpose, the balcony should be insulated and glassed. Here the same techniques and finishing materials may be used as in the remaining rooms. The windows at the balcony should be large. You may use the blinds for their décor. The flowers in the pots shall be placed on the windowsills. Besides, according to the main idea the illumination should be selected. Besides, you should create the premise which will suit the people who live here. For instance, if the owners are the people of creative professions, the artistic workshop may be arranged at the balcony with the easels and shelves for the small staff. At the balcony you may create a comfortable study, having placed a state-of-the-art computer on the wide windowsill. But if the balcony is the place for spending the time at the pleasant talks, you may make a stone breakfast bar out of the windowsill, put comfortable chairs and arrange niches for storage of few dishes and under the breakfast bar – cupboards for the wine. Nowadays the designers even manage to arrange the part of bedroom or kitchen at the balcony in the loft style, having rearranged the space. Such technique looks very interesting, fresh and trendy.
The loft style presupposes the presence of comfortable of convenient, functional expensive furniture. But it is preferable to dilute the modern shapes and models with the rare valuable elements. For instance, place a vintage coffee table near a state-of-the-art sofa. When placing the furniture, remember that the walls should be left opened to have a possibility of free walk along them. Besides, the furniture is only used for the space zoning. The sofa or book stack will suite perfectly for separation of spaces. All belonging in such premise are stored in different niches or wardrobes build into the walls. For instance, you may use the space under the ladder and construct the sliding drawers there. Also, the furniture on the wheels is frequently used in the loft style which allows changing the interior according to your moods and moving zones. To separate the premises zones not only the furniture but also different screens, glass partitions, color transitions, blinds may be used.
In order to create the loft style in the interior, it is not necessary to use any special finishing materials.
- You just have to leave the old wooden floor which may be a little refreshed using the lacquer. If the floor is concrete, it may be left as it is or you may lay the parquet boards.
- All wallpapers should be taken off the walls and the brick or concrete should be left as they are. Besides, you may apply a layer of rough plaster. Besides, you may reproduce the brick laying using the corresponding wallpapers.
- The ceiling should be white, smooth with no additional constructions or plasterboard bulking. The only exception is the ceiling with the wooden beams, which was at the premises from the start.
Today, many manufacturers or modern finishing materials produce very diverse finishing materials dedicated to the loft style. These are the wallpapers, plasterwork, and special types of parquet. Therefore, it will not be a problem to reproduce this style even at the ordinary apartment or the country house.
The main thing is, surely, expensive newest equipment and appliances. The TV-set, cook top, oven, fireplace, chandeliers, plumbing facilities everything should be modern and technological, preferably, with a big amount of chromised elements. Besides, the loft style differs by interesting and unusual details and accessories. These may be black and white photos in ordinary frames, posters. If there are pictures of modern artists in the interior, they are placed right on the floor, leaned against the wall. The textile is used so that it fits well the general style of the interior. The main thing is not to use the textile on the windows. They should be opened to the maximum extent, in order for the light to penetrate the premises freely. The only thing which may be used on the windows are different types of the blinds, the textile may perfectly match the glass, leather or wood. All the interior elements should be spiritually close to its owner. These are the things the owner uses, which he/she loves and which reflect his/her personality. The loft style is one of the most democratic modern styles. The main thing is to preserve the free space and much light, and in everything else the loft style provides unlimited possibilities for the fantasy and freedom of thoughts and desires.