One of the latest trending interior design styles is inspired by the bohemian-chic, industrial loft apartments that are prevalent in Brooklyn, New York. Exposed brick walls, statement pendant light fixtures, concrete floors and large windows characterise this look.
Just because it's easier to achieve this aesthetic in an actual loft apartment, doesn't mean you can't bring a similar style home no matter what kind of dwelling you live in. Here are a range of ideas for mastering this interior design theme through commercial textiles, upholstery fabrics, lighting equipment, furniture, wallpaper and flooring.
Paired-back upholstery fabric
Elegantly grungy, textured fabric such as Parisienne Avocado is ideal for sofas and armchairs in a loft style. Other options include Alfred Steel, a modern linen blend in neutral grey tones suited to the industrial vibe of loft-style decor. The more paired-back, refined and textured the material, the better.
Statement pendant light fixtures
This is perhaps the easiest way to bring a loft-like flair into your current decor. Homeware stores will sell edgy, modern pendant lights made of three-toned panels of concrete, wood and copper or gold metallic plating. Other stores re-purpose actual parts from machinery or transport vehicles into the pendant, such as a car headlight or a boat's bell. These are classic industrial materials upcycled as a chic, on-trend design feature.
Accentuate loft-like features
Decoist magazine notes there are several iconic loft features, such as the aforementioned exposed brick walls, wood slated ceilings or even exposed wooden beams or rafters. Several homes may have visible wooden rafters on the ceiling, especially vintage Tudor homes, so accentuate the wood by using a varnish or stain to bring out its natural brown hues.
Consider changing flooring
For a contemporary style, consider removing carpets and keeping the bare concrete floors or instead choose wooden floorboards (you can find easy-to-clean vinyl printed like wood instead). A lighter, white-toned wood such as pine is better than the richer, warmer mahogany timber tones because the white scheme is neutral.
Large windows are a hallmark of loft apartments, especially since they tend to be the top floor of a building and the natural light floods in. Use sheer curtains to emulate this look, either in creamy colours such as Bella Hay or match your grey upholstery fabric with sheer curtains in darker tones such as Abbey Cocoa or Abbey Pewter.
Quirky steel or pipe furniture
Furniture designers are gaining degrees specialising in Industrial Design, using their creative skills to craft unique, custom pieces such as a chair with plumbing pipe legs or a glass coffee table with concrete blocks or wooden pallets as support.
Roger Schneeman, vice president of the American Society of Furniture Designers, and with over four decades experience in the industry, did an interview with Art Schools about this very style of furniture.
"To be a furniture designer requires artistic ability, knowledge of engineering and manufacturing methods, understanding of historic styles," explains Roger.
It's these engineering skills that enable furniture designers to add loft-style elements to their masterpieces, so be sure to scope out a local freelancer or furniture store to find one-off pieces for your home decor.
Lucite, glass, plastic, steel, copper, brass, metal, iron, concrete, wood and leather are all materials to keep an eye out for as you browse their furniture designs.
Of course, you have the option of unleashing your own individual creativity. Contact the team at Charles Parsons Interiors today about custom designed curtains. You could even talk to one of our experts about picking a fabric that's best suited to your interior style or renovation vision.